Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Salmonflies are OUT! 5/15/12

 There back...the biggest hatch of the year.  Salmonflies! 

I know that its much earlier that everyone was expecting, or maybe its not a surprise to you.  Regardless, the Colorado river from about Rancho del Rio up to Byers Canyon is seeing strong hatches of Salmonflies.



Prime Salmonfly water.

This past weekend I had the privilege to float with my fiancee and sister.  How often does that happen?  So we braved the poor weather reports and pulled the boat up to pumphouse.  The put in was crawling with anglers both wading around and loading up boats.  The angling pressure hardly slowed down the fishing for us.  Jessie and Ashley both managed to boat a fair number of sizable browns and lost just as many.  We fish both streamers (black, black and gold, and olive were the hot colors) as well a a dry dropper rig.  An Idys Chubby Chernobyl with a Rubber Legs was all that was required to get into fish.  We caught them on both the dry and the dropper.  In the afternoon hours the salmonflies dissipated for a few hours and were replaced with a superb beatis hatch.  We switched gears leaving the chubby on  and adding a red head prince with a small olive beatis off the back.  Guess what?  We smacked them that way too!


Ashley with a nice sample taken on a big old Salmonfly!


Jessie showing off her streamer skills to the other guide boats on the river.  She let out a hoot when she hooked this one.

All in all it was a great day to spend with on the water with my family.  After all it was Mothers Day and Mom would be happy to know that the family was out having some fun together!

Get off the computer and go fish!

~Russ

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