Stampede is upon us and along with the Stampede comes the Bow's infamous stonefly hatch. Fishing has been great in the recent days but has been hindered in the later part of the week from dams being opened up. Currently the Bow is sitting at 157.87, which is 60 CMS higher than it was last week.
Dry fly fishing is on, and in big amounts. Fish have been eager and have not been holding back and it has produced some pretty epic eats.
Right now, what we've been seeing for bugs are ample amount of caddis as well as stones, and customers have been getting them on wet and dry patterns. As mentioned, every style of fishing has been producing a decent amount of fish all the way from nymphing to hopper-dry-dropper. we suggest that you bring a wide variety of different patterns and at different points in their life cycles.
Because weather the weather as of late has been pretty hot fishing has seemed to die down during the day. However, fishing the early morning (we're talking 4:00 am early here) and late evenings (anytime past about 8:00) have been the most productive times.
Here are some more suggestions for patterns that we have found to be working well right now:
July 13, 2018 Elk River Area Fishing Report
The Elk is still in early season fishing conditions, with that being said as far as early season fishing goes it is in top shape. Visibility is pretty well gin clear so it has made dry fly fishing a dream as of late. The fish gods continue to be on our side as there has been an ample amount of Caddis (off and on, predominantly in the evenings), Green Drake's (cloudier days) and Golden Stones coming off. For the best results when chasing the bulls we recommend that you fish the lower sections downstream of Fernie.
Fishing has proven to be decent right now but within the next two weeks it should really start to turn on and from that point on it should start to produce good fish as it always does during hopper season.
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: