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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hoppers 2011...what is going on?

Quick hopper talk. Weed and Pest says hoppers are 6 weeks behind on maturity. They are small right now. They range from 3/8" to 3/4" in most cases. We are seeing a lot of hoppers and expect to have productive hopper fishing as they mature a bit more. Last year we were already in full hopper swing by late July. We expect that to be pushed back a couple weeks.
With our high water many fish are oriented to the banks...err...hopper water. And they are looking up to a degree. We have had 2 groups attempt hopper fishing in the past week and both were more successful than we expected. Good news.
PMDs, Yellow Sallies, caddis and now tricos are dominating the hatch. We have been fishing banks and have been very successful with PMD nymphs and the old stand-by San Juan Worm in red and purple. A stripped streamer is also getting plenty of attention. Also look for risers in the AM on trico spinners. This is one of the most challenging and rewarding trout fly fishing opportunites in my opinion. We are also seeing some risers on PMD and sallies and the evening caddis hatch. There is much to look forward to in the hopper interim.

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