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Trouts Journal

Trouts Guide Service Report: 10/14

Ivan Orsic / Oct 14, 2015

If you've spent any time on a trout stream lately you've likely found yourself a little distracted by something- otherwise known as how beautiful it looks out there right now! I've had it happen more than once lately on a guide trip where a customer gets a strike, fails to set the hook, (and upon my gentle encouragment to "SET!") am greeted with a rebuttal of "Oh sorry, I guess I got distracted and was just staring around at the scenery." And aside from (still) ideal river flows and extremely pleasant weather, how 'bout them Brown Trout? They've defintely got their tuxedos on and are ready to go to the big dance. With this reality though comes the unavoidable mentioning of: The fish are spawning. Avoid crossing the river through the shallow pea gravel areas. Do not cast to actively spawning trout on a redd (spawning bed). Trust me, I know it takes some self control to be content with just admiring nature at work (i.e. staring and drooling at two very large brown trout in 6" of water within casting distance and knowing they would eat your flies...let alone how cool that picture of you with said behemoth would look on your Instagram and Facebook account. That would get SO many likes and all the comments from your friends in other cities would be something along the lines of, "Man that Jim. He is such a badass angler. Look at that giant fish!") Alright I'm off my soapbox. Let's all do the right thing out there and remind ourselves that it will only lead to more fish in the future. Trust me, there will always be plenty of non actively spawning fish in every river across the State.

From a fly selection, we haven't been having to dig too hard through our fly boxes to find something the trout are eager to inhale. Eggs, worms, baetis nymphs (jujubaetis or a barrs emerger still being the go-to for most of us) and flashy attractor nymphs such as a red copper john, two bit hooker, etc are also still earning their keep.

And in more good news, there's still time to take advantage of our Fall Guiding Special! I can assure you that spending a day on the water with one of our professional fly fishing guides will leave you driving home a much more confident and knowledgable angler.

Have a great time on the river everybody and as always, please let us know what we can do to make your time on the water more enjoyable and productive.

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