August 14th 1680 cfs- Looks like the rain has ended and the river has peaked and beginning to drop - hopefully - White Flies Everywhere again last night - big hatch - nice to see - fishing coming up to them in the rain - water clearing and dropping even after rain yesterday - more rain south than north - woohoo - get your big white wulffs - Usuals and Big White Spinners - I use a tandem rig for the White Fly Hatch - a big usual or white wulff as my top fly then a white spinner on the bottom - as you may not know - White Flies - go from dun to spinner the same night so you have emergers - duns and spinners on the water at the same time - good to cover your bases did a guide trip Wed afternoon - did really well on the smallmouth - The tribs are running well - bodes good for a fall of big holdovers - river is off color due to rain - but looks like done for the day (not all day like they predicted) - Some White Flies again last night checking in out again tonight - and the new crop of Iso’s are beginning - and flying ants will be around soon - hints of the summer blizzard - river is in great shape for this time of year - fish are not pressured into skinny water where they become prey for all takers - this may even move them out for a while - much needed water into the system will really help the trout for the rest of August - soon the nights will get cooler - and for the next couple weeks chances of rain to keep the river full - - and the smallmouth bass and pike fishing is unbelievable - you are really missing out if you are not up here catching these scrappers - smallmouth fight 5x harder than any trout I have ever caught - We got some rain we needed the river is up 100% and now cooler and the feeder streams have some water in them - - The smallmouth bass fishing is off the charts - people keep coming in the store telling about all the smallies they caught - a fish behind every rock - small streamers - wooly buggers and crayfish patterns even poppers are taking nice fish - come in the store and I can share some areas outside the - if you do happen to pick up a trout while fishing for bass - don’t play them - get them in real quick and release - thank you - landed a ton of smallmouth bass - a couple of smaller pike and from what the guides told me a couple of real alligator pike were not landed - just a great time to be on the river in a driftboat casting to some real monsters - I am expecting some great fishing - I drifted the river for pike and bass Tuesday - great day - hot but really good fishing - I was watching a carp “he was about 20 pounds or more” take gypsy moths off the surface of the river - they were dropping from the nest and he was picking them off - have to create some flies to imitate that- PLEASE RESPECT THE REFUGE AREAS - Look for carp feeding in flats and shallow areas as the river drops - looking for worms slugs or any other food item left up in the shallows or washed off the banks. book those trips - Pike carp and smallmouth fishing heading up - a nice time to take a drift-trip fishing for big pike carp and bass. - use big streamers, helgramites and stonefly patterns
- With Summer here - don't forget to get your reels serviced or any fly rods repaired!.
-Come on in and check out the new fly tying materials from Wapsi Fly. If you have a certain technique that you are having difficulty with; just bring in your fly tying vise and tools. - Then sit by the stove and we'll help you with any fly tying problems that you have.
For your eyes only ! We now have in stock - Cortland Line Co's Brand New TOP SECRET ULTRA PREMIUM FLOUROCARBON TIPPET MATERIAL !! - HRO TROUT FLY SALE!!! In the front section of the store we have a tremendous assortment of trout and bass flies on sale for ONLY $1.50 each !!! Refill your fly boxes with this is an amazing assortment of dry, wet & nymph fly patterns !!
Tune-up your fly vest by cleaning out the last year's leaders & tippet spools and replace them with fresh leaders & tippet spools for this year. Reorganize your flies into new boxes. Check your vest to see if you need more floatant, lead shot, strike indicators or tippet rings. If your fly line is becoming stiff or cracked it's time to change it. You can bring your fly reel into the shop and we can machine wind a new fly line with free backing !! If your favorite rod has broken guides, tip tops, missing hook keeper or needs new wraps.......Bring it down to the shop for repair.
We like the following patterns: Hendrickson Nymphs - Pheasant Tails - Prince Nymphs - Black Stoneflies Eggs, Sucker Spawn, Scuds and San Juan Worms. - Streamers: John's Lion Bugger, G's Catch'Em All, Circus Peanuts, Zonkers, Woolly Buggers, Pick Yur' Pocket - Soft Hackles: Spiders, Hares Ear or Pheasant Tails - Nymphs: Golden Stone (8-10) BH Hares Ear (12-16), BH Princes (10-16), BH Pheasant Tails (12-18), Rubber Legs (all colors), 20 Incher's (8-16) & Euro Bead Head Princes. Don't forget to try a Chartreuse or Yellow Stone Mop Fly, too. We recommend a drop rig for maximum effectiveness and use an indicator to make sure you don't miss any takes. Try the AirLock indicators if you haven't already. They are the best!
Don't forget we offer a FULL ROD REPAIR SERVICE Bamboo, Graphite and Glass. - Reel Seat Replacement, Cork Grip Repairs, Guide Replacement, Rod Wrapping and Rod Finishing. - Repair or refinish your old favorite rods and fish them as if they are new again!!
Our Guides are Ready to Take You Wade Fishing!!! - Book your spring guided fishing trips now! We look forward to providing you with a great fishing experience for 2018. A BIG THANK YOU from all of our guides!
Don't forget we buy, sell or trade used and antique fishing equipment rods, reels, lines, duck and fish decoys, fishing lures, books, artwork, collectibles and tying materials/tools. If you are looking to trade in, sell, or are just scaling down as they say, bring your items in or take pictures and email them to us and we will happily purchase or offer a trade up. I have been purchasing and selling used and collectible items for over 25 years and our fishing/hunting library in the store is the finest and largest probably in the country. We will happily show you the value of your items and then offer trade-in or purchase prices. So give us a call (860-672-1010) or send and email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We also purchase estates and will gladly come over to your house to assess the value of your collection and purchase the entire collection.
Since you're reading our river report, please consider purchasing your gear from us. We are happy to have the opportunity to match any deals out there you may come upon. Give us a call first and let us have the first chance. Thanks