April 6, 2017
Overview: Recent rain events have brought quality flows back to our area trout streams. High water days have made for good streamer fishing for those who can physically handle wading in the fast moving water, but with some sunny days in the forecast, next week is looking pretty close to perfect for April trout fishing.
Davidson: The Big D has been fishing better than it has in several months. Streamer fishing has been good before and after the larger rain events, as long as the water has had some degree of visibility. Dry fly anglers can expect to see a variety of brown to gray Mayflies hatching over the next week, as well as Caddis flies and some small brown Stoneflies.
Delayed Harvest: Area Delayed Harvest streams are currently being stocked, and should have both plenty of fish, and plenty of water in the weeks to come. Fly selection for DH streams will not be as much of a factor as getting said flies down to the fish. Larger split shot will once again become the norm for nymph rigs, and weighted flies such as girdle bugs and sheep flies will be top performers.
Wild Trout: Wild Trout fishing has been good and should continue to be good throughout April. With water back in our streams, our little wild friends should begin to spread back out into all the usual spots. Simple, bushy dry flies with small tungsten droppers will be all that are needed for almost any given situation that one would encounter.
Fly Patterns: Quill Gordon 14-16, Blue Quill 16-18, Parachute Adams 14-18, Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, March Brown 14-16, Sheep Fly 8-12, Kevin’s Stonefly 8-12, Frenchie 16-18, Trip Saver 12-14, Girdle Bug 6-8, Zebra Midge 18-20