Anyone fished there lately? I haven't been there for a number of years. I'm sure it's low, clear and getting warm. Just wondering if anyone had been there recently. I'm new on this forum so no need for a lot of details, maybe just a thumbs up thumbs down report. Thank you
I fished the Northgate/Six mile gap stretch earlier this week. It's hard to have a bad day in a place that beautiful. Bald eagles soaring over the canyon rim, fresh bear scat on the trail, tough to beat. The fishing wasn't bad either. Not lights out, but decent. Water is low and clear. Find a pocket or deeper slot and there would be a fish. I haven't been there for years but I was surprised at the number of small fish. 6 to 10 inch browns and rainbows everywhere. I did manage to find a number of 14 to 16 inch fish as well. All very healthy and full of energy. Tricos started coming off around seven am. Spinner fall came fast and furious from about 8:30 to 9. That half hour had lots of fish on the surface. I used a size 22 spent wing trailed behind a size 16 parachute Adams. Worked very well for me. The rest of the day I fished hopper/dropper setup in the pockets and deeper runs. Standard bead heads like prince, copper johns etc... Sizes 16 to 14 dropped off a Dave's hopper or stimulator kept me into fish most of the day. Not lights out fishing but it was a great way to spend my 40th birthday!
I'm heading there this weekend, any updates / reports would be appreciated. I am assuming it is the normal Trico/Caddis time of year with the usual RS2, copper johns , pheasant tails hares ears and streamers this time of year..
Update for anyone interested: I fished the canyon last weekend. I got to the river at 8 - not sure if I missed the Trico hatch or if it just didn't come off as big as I expected.
Lots of small hatches in the morning from 8-9:30, mainly Tricos and Caddis (didn't see one BWO but they have to be out there...). Fished all morning until about 2 in the afternoon and landed 15 fish while missing another half dozen - nothing bigger than 13-14 inches, all rainbows except for one brown.
I fished various tandem rigs of indicators (small thingamabob, chubby, hoppers) - to nymphs (PT, Trico-emergers/spinners, prince, copper-johns). I had two fish blow up on a small thingamabob indicator so I threw on some hoppers and chubbys on as my indicator, but the fish seemed to like the hookless indicator more than the hoppers. The nymphs that had the most hookups were pheasant-tails, prince nymphs, and chartreuse copper-johns.
Also saw a lot more bear sign than usual but never saw the culprit. The water levels are fine/clear/cool/healthy, whereas this time last year they were dangerously low.