Fall Club, Fish Updates

 This BWO activity can bring some larger fish to the surface to sip dry flies. The Brown Trout was caught in the River Styx on a size 18 BWO Parachute and 6X tippet.

This BWO activity can bring some larger fish to the surface to sip dry flies. The Brown Trout was caught in the River Styx on a size 18 BWO Parachute and 6X tippet.

Remember the Holiday Party December 5th.  Don’t be afraid to bring a friend.November’s shorter days are upon us with a return to Eastern Standard Time. Recent rains have begun to bring the river back up to normal levels after a late summer drought that saw flows down to 15 cubic feet per second; flows not seen since 1965!

How did our trout fare through the low water? Pretty well actually thanks to our river restoration of 2012. They had the deep water refuges they needed for shelter and the plentiful springs kept the water cool and now they are well spread out through all the beats.

Fall is spawning time for our fish: Native Brooks, Wild Browns and Rainbows –yes, the Kamloops strain Rainbows spawn in the fall. The wild fish will pass through the property and ascend the Teetertown Brook located on our Stone Arches beat.  If you see an oval shaped depression in the streambed clear of algae and debris, you’ve found a spawning bed or redd as they are technically known. The rocks will be cleaner and much lighter than the surrounding stream bottom. Please avoid stepping in them – we really enjoy our wild, homegrown fish.

 This Rainbow is a great example of our stocking program. She was most likely stocked last spring and measured between 12-14 inches. The full fins and vibrant colors tell the story; she took a small egg pattern on my first cast and measured an honest 20 inches. So now you know why I climb over snow drifts to feed our fish – the rewards are there.

This Rainbow is a great example of our stocking program. She was most likely stocked last spring and measured between 12-14 inches. The full fins and vibrant colors tell the story; she took a small egg pattern on my first cast and measured an honest 20 inches. So now you know why I climb over snow drifts to feed our fish – the rewards are there.

Smaller flies are the way to go right now. Although there are some lingering caddis hatching it is hard to beat any egg pattern or flies that match a midge or a Blue Winged Olive – try an RS2 or one of Len Ruggia’s Fat Lady Midges.