As we slowly start to transition in to the fall months the combination of warm days and cold nights have got the bug life thriving and the trout don't seem to mind it at all. Levels on the river are lower than our regular for this time of the season which has caused the water temps to go up, we stress that you practice proper fish handling and the quicker you can make the fight and the release the better.
Finally we have seen a week with some rain and colder evening and mornings which has brought out the BWO's in large amounts and the fish have slowly started to eat the odd one here and there. Hopper fishing continues to be very productive, but as the nights get colder and frost becomes more consistent we will probably see that come to an end. Water boatman have began show themselves and fish should be keying into those pretty quickly. Overall the Bow is fishing very well and will be worthwhile if you decide to fish it.
Weather this past week has been cooler than the past couple weeks however, levels are still lower than usual due to this the low water advisory is still in affect. Outlined below are some guidelines and helpful tips to make things easier on the fish:
Restrict angling and only fish between the hours of 12:00am and 2:00pm
Minimize fish handling
As mentioned earlier, when you have caught a fish remember to Keep Em Wet
Take your time to revive the fish (meaning make sure that they have the power and energy to fish off on their own)
Fish barbless. Barbless hooks cause damage to a fish's mouth, it also allows for the flies to be taken out quicker and easier resulting in a less stressed fish
If you are wanting a photo of the fish keep the photos to a minimum (one and done) or try to get a bit more artsy and do an in the water photo.
Here are some more suggestions for patterns that we have found to be working well right now:
Caddis: Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-18, X Caddis sz 12-16, Peacock Caddis sz 14-16
Blue Winged Olives: EFO Trifecta BWO sz 16-20, Traditional BWO sz 16-20, Christensen's GT Adult BWO sz 16-20, Sparkle Dun BWO sz 16-20
Hoppers: Chubby Chernobyl Tan or Peach sz 8-12, Chewbacca Hopper sz 8-14, South Fork Chernobyl sz 6-12, KK's Henneberry Hopper Tan sz 10-12
Nymphs: Flexi Girdle Bug Dark Olive sz 6-8, Parkin's PR Muskrat Gold and Brown Stone sz 8-10, BH Stone Shagadelic sz 4-6
Streamers/Leeches: Clousabou Black, Olive and Brown sz 6, Krafts Kreelex Purple/Black/Silver, Brown/Yellow, and Copper/Gold sz 4, BH Hale Bopp Leech sz 8-10, Coffey's Sparkle Jig Smoke and Purple sz 1