Report Date: October 24th, 2020
Conditions on the Eagle are low and clear, and the fishing has been great! Water temps have come down, and the fish are starting to try to pack on the pounds before Winter, so now is a great time to be out there! Browns are starting to spawn throughout the river so please avoid walking on redds or fishing to actively spawning fish.
Trico action is starting to taper off with the cooler temps, but BWOs action is picking up, especially on cloudy days. We have also seen good midge hatches, so smaller bugs should definitely be your focus, although and October Caddis as a lead fly this time of year is a good option. The cooler weather is definitely making the dry fly fishing a little tougher during non-hatch times, but a tandem rig with a small attractor up front and a size 20-22 BWO or Midge behind will still produce some fish. Fish are definitely starting to move into more of the deeper, slower water, but are still moving into faster water to feed during the warmer parts of the day. Tandem nymph rigs in these water types should be most productive, with a little dry fly action thrown in when a hatch comes off.
Streamer fishing has been good as the weather cools and the Browns start thinking about spawning, so now’s the time to break out the big bugs! White and yellow streamers are producing mid-day while black and olive are working best during low light periods. I usually go with small to medium streamers in the upper parts of the river, and will switch over to larger articulated patterns for the lower river.
Fall means Brown and Brook trout in our local streams will partake in their annual spawn soon. Please be ethical out there and avoid walking on Redds and don’t fish to actively spawning fish. Stop by the shop or give us a call for more information!