Good news! They have been starting to shut the water off! Last 4 days it has been shut off between 11 pm and midnight and coming back on around 5am – 8am, with 2 generators, although this morning it was only 1 gen., and then turning on 1-2 more around 10am.
Now for the even better news! Fishing has been fantastic. The old saying “the fish are jumping in the boat” , really has been the case. For example Tuesday mornings trip, we had 2 guys out in the boat, and they had hooked 30 fish in just the first drift alone. The afternoon was just as good, although they were beginners and just a little slower at the hook set, but we still caught large numbers. Wednesday morning started off just like Tuesday, 2 generators going when we started. We landed some nice fish around the 19″ size and even 1 fish measured 22″. They were all rainbows. We have also been doing quite a few wading trips this week with equal success. Of course we are not getting out too far, but hooking lots of good fish, in fact for a little while it was almost every cast. One of our good customers called and said he landed a 23″ rainbow around outlet #2 on Wednesday when 3 generators were going, and yesterday another one of our customers brought in a picture of a 20″ brown he had landed earlier in the morning.
We have been fishing mostly the same patterns all week. In fact they have been working so well why change! Probably the most successful pattern was Adam’s new “Ice Shrimp”, ( a custom fly only tied here.) We fished it behind a glo ball and a san juan worm. Scuds (the #1 food source) is a real go to fly also. In fact if you are looking for specifically bigger fish, try using a size 12 or 10 scud, or sculpin. Now you won’t catch large numbers but what you do hook will be the bigger fish. The Wd-40 midge, and the Adam’s bug midge is also a good patterns to try.
Happy Memorial Day!