Fishing on the Bow right now has been quite good and bugs of all sorts are popping off. The Smoke is finally gone and it couldn't have left at a better time. It seems that the fish haven't skipped a beat as they're still gorging on flies up top. Yes, the smoke has left but it seems as though mother nature made sure to roll some rain clouds into our neck of the woods, as a result the fish are still holding up in that more shallow water which is providing an endless amount of opportunities for dry fly fishing and boy oh boy has it been good. Flows right now are sitting at 59.96 CMS which is down lower than normal but with rain in the forecast it might just be enough to bring the levels to where they historically have been.
Right now, what we've been seeing for bugs are ample amount of caddis as well as everyone's favourite the hopper and even now, some good amounts of tricos. Because the fish have been so eager to eat on top there hasn't really been talk of other fishing techniques. With that being said, every style of fishing has been producing a decent amount of fish all the way from hopper-dry-dropper to hucking meat (AKA throwing streamers). We suggest that you bring a wide variety of different patterns and at different points in their life cycles.
Because the weather as of late has been pretty hot, fishing hasn't really seemed to turn on till about 9:00 so there should be no stress about making it to the river at the crack of dawn.
Here are some more suggestions for patterns that we have found to be working well right now:
August 23, 2018 Elk River Area Fishing Report
The Elk and surrounding waters have continued to fish well into the later part of the season and the smoke is still lingering but just like we saw up here has only seemed to make the fishing better. Terrestrials have really started to come out more and more. The hoppers and ants have been what the cutties have been keying into mostly but mayflies as well as streamers have also been producing a fair amount of fish. With fishing on the Elk's tributaries also starting to pick up, the possibilities of where you could go are endless.
Fishing has improved since last week and there have started to be more and more eats up top, the main thing we've been hearing though is that the trout have been picky so we advise bringing down an ample amount of small little terrestrial patterns, some flying ants, and smaller mayfly imitations such as an 18 Purple Haze to better your luck at hooking into that fish of a lifetime.
If you are planning on making a trip down we recommend you bring a wide variety of flies dry and wet alike. Here's a couple of suggestions that we have if you swing by the shop: