What was the ‘buzz’ this weekend? Buzz Cut Narly!! The guides did not come up with this, past clients who we recently shared an assortment of flies with gave us that report. Rusty, who Monte had out on Saturday morning, flagged me down on the road late Sunday morning. He said he ‘killed them with the Buzz Cut Narly’. He could not have been happier with his success that morning or his morning with Monte the day before. Brad, who was a client last year and purchased some flies from me on Saturday night told me they had a great morning on the Buzz Cut Narly the next day. My weekend guide clients did okay on it as well with the biggest brown of the day on the Buzz Cut all four days.
We had a eight trips over the long weekend and seven trips would have been considered successful. Some more so than others. Midges, Pheasant Tails and some Copper John’s did well. We had a dozen rises to a poorly presented Elk Hair Caddis, so that tells me a Caddis would be an ok fly to fish. I saw a few March Browns on the water in the afternoons and evenings…not a bad choice either.
Clouds of gnats greeted me as I left the water on Saturday evening a little before dark Saturday evening… they had to hatch from somewhere. Note to self, “fish the midge!”
Flies to Fish in the coming weeks:
Nymphs: Copper John, Prince, Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear (#16 to #12), Caddis (#16 to #14), Midge (Narly, Zebra, Brassie…and all of the other varieties) (#20 to #16)
Dries: Griffith’s Gnat (#20 to #18), Light Hendrickson (#14), March Browns (#12 to #14), Caddis (#16 to #14) Always consider a soft hackle/emerger before/during the hatch… I usually fish it in tandem with my dry fly.
Streamers: Fish‘em if you hafta….there’s always a bugger hatch!
Fishing report by Kent Kleckner of Bear Creek Anglers in Decorah, Iowa.