Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Hey boys and girls,
Well and truly into the summer now .. finally! Have to say it's been a very cool August, some mornings you'll see your breath and sleeping has been very comfortable ... not to mention the fishing has been good to superb!

Everything is still working ... nymphs, streamers, streamers with a nymph dropped off of it and as of the 14th the fish, for us, were looking up for big bugs. New friends from FL. Carl and Diane fished with me for four days and on the last day we committed to hoppers ... we had a great day, pulling some very large fish on top! About flipping time! Pretty good on the 19 - 21rst as well.

Funny story about the "hopper" fishing ..... so I share with a guide friend that the lower is on fire on top ... keep it between us for at least a little while... yeah right! So I hear a little later the info has been shared with a couple of 20 something guides in town. ( the twenty something will come into play later in this post)

So immediately one or both of the kid guides say I'm full of s--t . Now I would take exception to somebody saying I'm full of s--t except ... well ... ok .... I"ve been known to ... well ... be ... well yes ... full of s--t!! Deb says it's one of my more endearing qualities!

So anyway the reason I'm full of s--t is because the fish are not on hoppers .... dummy ... they're on Golden Stones of course. Well yes youngsters the fish very well could be eating the hopper pattern as Stoneflies .... or a giant beetle ... or a dragon fly ... or a mouse ... a Caterpillar, a baby muskrat or maybe even.. eh gads.... a hopper. The kids were very smug thinking that they, and not me, knew about the strange lower river hatch of summer stones we have.

About thirty years ago, before said youngsters were born, we used to call this the " half-back hatch" Back in the day the half-back was one of the go to nymphs to use when the big bugs were moving ... we saw all the stonefly husks on the rocks one late July early August and being smart kids we tossed on about a size 10 or 12 half back and slayed them. Even caught a few on top using stone imitations or god forbid a hopper pattern!

So if planning a trip to fish the lower ... if your an old guy bring a hopper pattern and hold on ... if your still waiting for your beard to grow in throw a stone pattern.... or if your really smart ... tie on a size 6 hopper on top and drop a size 10 stone off the back!

Tricos are happening but not in large numbers and we haven't run into any great spinner falls yet .... we'll see how the blue wings fare in a week or so.

I have about three days left open in the season to guide or if you're doing it yourself give a call and as always I'll tell you what we're seeing out there.
Cheers,
Mitch
Harrison's Guest House & Guide Service 307 710 0848