Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Trico Hatch




Fishing pressure at Oatka Creek has been fairly light and you can tell by all the deer that you see waiting around the creek.
Not much has changed with the fishing this past week, we had a little rain that had a minimum effect. Oatka is fishing consistently with the trico hatch. We have been having our best results fishing size 22 trico tied on with 7 and 8 X tippet. This is light rod fishing at its best. Also, typical for this time of the year and with the low water, the trout are now potted up. Do not expect to catch more than two or three trout in one spot before putting all the fish down. Other successful fly patterns are Red variant size 16 and of course, do not forget ants and beetles size 16 to 20.

The same goes for Spring Brook. If you're not familiar, here is the rundown. The fishing will alternate between midge fishing and scuds. Occasionally, there will be a few blue wing olives hatching. The B.W.Os will be about a size 20. During the evenings you may occasionally find a few spinners. The spinners are from the olive hatches and there will not be many. However, if the fish do get onto this bug, try a size 20 rusty spinner.

The information I am getting from Jason about the lake fishing is very good and just like last year the fish are averaging larger than normal. It is starting to look like we may have good runs of fish once again. I will be giving more details soon.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Good Trico Hatch




This week the trico hatches on the Oatka have been very good. As for how the trout have been feeding on the hatch? Well, this too has been typical. Finicky.

We've had our best results fishing size 22 trico tied on with 7X and 8X tippet. This is light rod fishing at its best. Also, typical for this time of the year and with the low water, the trout are now potted up. Do not expect to catch more than two or three trout in one spot before putting all the fish down. Other successful fly patterns are Red variant size 16 and of course, do not forget ants and beetles size 16 to 20.

Fishing at Spring Brook is now very consistent. The fishing will alternate between midge fishing and scuds. Occasionally there will be a few blue wing olives hatching. The B.W.Os will be about a size 20. During the evenings you may occasionally find a few spinners. The spinners are from the olive hatches and there will not be many. However, if the fish do get onto this bug, try a size 20 rusty spinner.

According to Carl Coleman, he has not seen Spring Brook this low ever, and Carl has over 60 years of fishing Spring Brook. Hopefully this is not a sign of things to come.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Looking For Summer Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon





The state has been stocking a strain of summer-run Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon in the Salmon River. Traditionally these fish will start to run in late June and into July. The only river the can really support a run of Summer Steelhead and Atlantics is the Salmon River. The main reason for this is water temperature. The Salmon River has the best water temperature of all of our tribs.

Last weekend the Salmon River had one of a series of scheduled water releases. I was hoping the water release would trigger a run of fish. Too make a long story short, the water temperature was good but, I caught no Steelhead or Atlantic Salmon. There are two big fish at the hatchery; I think these are Atlantic salmon. A few more big fish are sitting in the lower no-kill’s cemetery pool; I do not think they really started to run yet. There is a lot of warm water in the lake and the fish would need to swim through this water before entering the river. I will give it a try in about two weeks, when there is another water release. For now it was good to just get on the river and fish with a spey rod.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

We Get Trico




The Trico Hatch has started. I found a small but fishable hatch of Trico in the park section of Oatka. It was a typical morning of fishing during a heat wave. The fish activity tapered off quickly by 8:30 AM. There was not a lot of bugs in the air or on the water. However, enough to get the trout working, when I found a rising trout, I could work that fish and most the time get it to take. I have my best results fishing a size 20 male spinner with spawn hackle wings. I tried Trico spinners tied with poly wings. The fish will come up and splash at the fly but not eat it. I suspect the wing on those flies were too heavy for the fish today. A few more fish were caught with black ants and one with a beetle pattern. I expect the intensity of the hatch to steadily increase over the next couple of weeks.

This is delicate fishing. I was using a 9 foot 3 weight rod and about 30 inches of 7-X tippits to get a good clean soft drift. Remember, this hatch is technically challenging and you can get easily frustrated at times. When the fish get tough, I always like to try fishing a ant in size 18 or 20 or a red variant in size 16.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Trico On The Way




Well, at least we got a little rain. Unfortunately it is not enough to help the streams. I have been watching the fly shop this past week, and have not been out on the streams. I expect to see the trico hatch starting about one week from now. The trico hatch is a morning hatch and is usually over by mid morning. To fish this hatch is to show up on the stream about 6:30 to7:00 in the morning and fish until 9:00 – 10:00. By then the fish activity is normally over.

Normally the trico will hatch late night to very early in the morning. By the time we arrive on stream, the trico are starting their mating flight and returning back to the stream as spinners. When we have cooler than normal nights, this will delay the trico hatch time. This will allow us to get a little fishing with duns and provide us more prime fishing time later in the morning.

The trico hatch starts out as a size 20 and will drop down to a size 24 as the season progresses. These may flies will be hatching for the rest of the summer and has a reputation of being a technically tough hatch to fish. There are few reasons for this. The first is, we have been fishing over these fish for a few months now, the trout now knows the game. Add to this, the water conditions of our streams and creeks. Low clear water makes the trout nervous and exposed and gives us limited options for hiding from the fish. We always say that we like a challenge. This hatch is a lot of fun and challenging.

Monday, July 2, 2007

The End Of The Sulfurs





You got to love a weather front that brings in a Arctic high. There may not be any rain with this but the cool nights and pleasant days sure don't hurt the fishing. Anything better than weather like this for us right now would be a lot of rain.

By now we can officially write off the sulfur hatch, it is done and we sure had some good fishing. For the next couple of weeks there will not be much for bugs hatching at Oatka, you might find a few Caddis and with a low water you may see some fish feeding on midgets. And of course do not forget ants and beetles, these flies can always bring a fish or two up. This is the time of the year where I like to fish two of my favorite flies. The Red variant, [shown in photograph] I fished this fly during the morning and into the day, the Silver variant, [shown in photograph] is an excellent fly to fish during the evening.

Fishing at Spring Brook is now going to be very consistent. The fishing will alternate between midges fishing and scuds. Occasionally there will be a few blue wing olives hatching. The B.W.Os will be about a size 20, during the evenings you may occasionally find a few spinners. The spinners are from the olive hatches, there will not be many spinners, however if the fish do get onto this bug try a size 20 rusty spinner