The past week has seen some very good production since the lower section of the river reopened. Both dries and nymphs are working, but most of the bigger fish have been caught subsurface on patterns like the Jumpin Jack Flashand a basic brown girdle bug. Here are a couple nice trout that were caught in the past week on these patterns:
- For dry flies, try some caddis, small mayflies, terrestrial patterns, and maybe some spruce moths if you see them flying, or go attractor like the Purple Haze or a Royal Wulff or Red Machine. There are lots of different dries to choose from, and many anglers will use a dry/dropper combo this time of year.
- I’ve had a few calls asking about hoot owl restrictions, and just to clarify, Rock Creek has none. The highest water temp we’ve reached recently is about 64 degrees, and the fish aren’t stressed. The road remains closed above Harry’s Flat Campground all the way up to Gilles/Bohrnsen Bridge, but the firefighters are doing a great job on it, and we’ll hopefully have some fishing up there before the fall season is upon us. We will have to wait and see, but we will be sure to provide you an update once things are contained up there.
- In the meantime, come fish the first 17 miles near us! The weekdays in particular are very quiet, so there is some excellent water to fish if you can make it out during that time. More soon!
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