7/16---Inquiry on Angling Conditions:
The BT in the Glenshire stretch has been fishing well via dry dropper rigs in the pocket water. Bring your thermometer because the water is warming...I leave the water at 67 degrees.
The PMD hatch on the LT has been really good for surface feeding trout...progressively getting fickle because of the crowds; most especially the upper area. The flows are currently at 126 cfs; decent.
7/18---An e-note on the passing of a longtime local fly angler, John Lim:
Thanks for the update on John...we'll all miss him. He was a fixture at the LT inlet at Boca. If you wanted to know what was happening there; he was the man. I'm planning on attending his "celebration" in Auburn.
7/18---An inquiry about a recent blog post:
…stillwaters other than Boca; too crowded now with the summer crowds. I’m talking Inlets into Prosser and Stampede; best accessibility is via boats.
For sure, I can provide info as needed.
7/20---A request for angling info:
...didn't do the BT on Friday; doing an early start on the LT...recently bumped-up to a nice 140cfs. At 8 AM there were 10 vehicles in the upper parking area!...walking all the way down to the Swimming Hole for the first open run. The first PMD was observed at 9:15 and the first Green Drake in flight at 11:45.
Overall two anglers during a 6 hour session hooked 12 and landed 7; RainBows 12"-14" and two taped at 18". Productive patterns on top were #8 GD Cripple and #16 PMD Spot-Lite Emerger... indo-fishing with one or two #4 lead; a #18 Pearl Lighting Bug or a Red Rubber-Legged Copper John trailing a #14 Flesh Juan.
7/20-22---TTFF's Cliff Frazier Memorial Youth Event:
...fun "free-lancing" for two days...lot harder catching than last year...didn't make last of the three days; was a "honey-dew" time for Karen and our new pup...Pico
“I’m guiding on the LT with two Monday; meeting them at 10 AM at upper parking lot…working middle or lower section if crowded.
7//31—Inquiry on Conditions:
"…PMD emerger patterns are fooling the trout, even though occasionally we’ll induce a grab via #8 Green Drake Cripples…in the fast water. Carry an indo-rig for the deeper water; a PT trailing a midge pattern. Crowds are an issue on the LT, most especially when the presence of Green Drakes in the region are mentioned via high-profile posts on FB or Instagram …Come-on guys, don’t kill the golden egg with self-serving posts!!!”
8/2---Inquiry on conditions:
"....guided on LT Monday & Wednesday, upper parking area. Both times from 1:00-4PM when the bugs are emerging and there are a few rising trout. Seems people going in the AM and leaving noon-1PM…before the hatches begin. Fish to 18” netted; mostly small 13-14 inchers. Have hooked a couple of 17”+ browns but no “to net”.
The flows are above normal. I can’t say if the existing flows are affecting the hatches. Admittedly, the hatches have been sparse, although there has been some intense emergences during the last three weeks.
The LT is really becoming too crowded.”
8/7---Inquiry on conditions:
"The BT is getting warmer and has been bumped-up to 325cfs. . I received a report of 65 degrees at 11AM!! along the Glenshire stretch….pick pockets and look for the seepage springs entering the river, flowing in at 52-54 degrees. It is now “Hoot Owl” time. So, fish below Prosser inflow now…lots of caddis at dusk”
Unbelievably Green Drakes are still emerging on the LT; masking the PMD’s that are the preferred fodder.…noticing some BWO’s, although not Flavs yet. Flows were recently dropped to 94cfs.Unfortunately, the trout are being hammered by crowds of experienced and novice anglers alike. Consequently, trout are becoming extremely difficult to fool. Best bet has been dry/droppering in the riffles. It befuddles me why guides are taking their clients there, since trout are easier to dupe on the BT.”
8/10---Personal note to Self:
"da Consigliere informs me he saw a lone Green Drake on the LT today...WOW, 6 weeks now, after 3 weeks on the BT...PMD's are fading. Now anticipate the late-brood BWO, appearance of the Flavs, the Little Olive StoneFlies and Watery Green Sedges. Don't forget GrassHoppers as the indicator dry when fishing the riffles, deeper slots and the hydraulic cushion in front of obstructions.
8/19---Unsolicited Kind Words:
“got a nice rainbow…I remember Frank telling me let the fly drift down from the shallow riffles into the deeper water. That worked. It’s super fantastic to be able to put everything together on my own, using your training, and make it work. :-)”
8/21---e-Brainstorming a New Print Advertisement:
LIZ …"1/2 day barter for an ad is great...do you have a subject that you would like to explore? Was just looking at some of our ads recently and laughin!”
ME: “Well….how about me running for president, as a 3rd party candidate as ‘the other chosen one’…a military drill instructor...the Frankie Hendrick’s Experience…Uncle Sam demanding you vote."
8/27--- Question about the LT:
Yes, it seems your observation is correct on the LT. Similar to the past more small fish (6"-12") this time of year...also browns are appearing in the mix.
My only guess is that the large trout, 16 inches plus, have been /harassed/hammered/hooked several times that they are more educated and have become very selective...allowing the small fish to come-out of hiding to play and eat without being intimidated by their bigger brethren.