This weather has been changing dramatically from week to week, one day its 5 inches of snow on the deck, and the next is 65 and sunny. The guide boats have been slowing down as hunting season is picking up. The brown trout are busy making the next generation, making them increasingly hard to catch. We at GDO have decided not to sell or promote fishing for browns on the redds this season, not only because it is incredibly hard on the fish during a time when they are already stressed, but also because our brown trout population in the river has declined significantly in the last 2 years. That being the case we are urging folks to let them spawn in peace so that they can mount a comeback in the years to come.
Moving on to what is working. The rainbows, cutthroat and grayling have been out in force. Most of the fishing has been limited to sub surface, using olive streamers and beatis nymphs to produce the bulk of our nice fish. Small olive to black jig heads have been working well about 2 feet under a light chubby has been my rig of choice for the last week or so. The dry fly eat has been slim, but there have been a few BWO’s in the afternoon. Most of the rising fish that I have been able to see and fish to have been eating the chubby as well as the BWO.
We are getting ready to shut down the shop on Tuesday of next week and we want to send out our sincere thanks to all of the locals, guides, outfitters, and not-so-locals that have made this another fantastic season!