The Relief is Coming!
August 24, 2015
It really felt like it was going to be a sweltering 95 degrees forever... and then something strange happened a couple of days ago. I first noticed when my skin didn't stick to the seat of my truck when I got out, and then I had this strange sensation that made me want to put on a sweatshirt. It was weird. I thought maybe I had come down with a fever but Web MD said that the condition I as feeling was called "chilly". I like "chilly".
The high temp for the entire week is predicted to be 92 with highs only in the 70's a couple of days. This should make for excellent mid-morning and mid-day fishing.
The water temp scares are over for the moment it appears, but if we hit a warming trend after "flip flop" (when they stop releasing large amounts of water from the reservoirs) we'll be in for some more trouble. Hopefully we have a cooler than normal fall and we'll have happy trout and fisherman.
Currently the smoke cover from all the forest fires is contributing towards cloud cover and taking the edge off of the sun. This happens every year about this time it seems like and it really helps the mid-day dry fly fishing. Don't be afraid to focus on seamlines up to 10' off the bank in the cloud cover. Simply by keeping your fly IN the water and not getting OCD about hitting the shoreline you'll catch more fish. I am on the river today and will post an update if I have anything significant to add.
I would just say that if you are considering a trip out here, this is a great week to do it whether its a DIY trip or guided trip. We're still on Hoot Owl hours FYI. Off the river by 2 pm.