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07/23/10 – warm water

07/23/10 –
Well it’s still hot but the nighttime temperatures are finally dropping and so providing some cooling. The forecast shows more low 60 degree nights and showers, all of which will help. The water temperature out back of the shop this morning is 74 degrees.

Hatches are holding up with Cinnamon Caddis and other caddis providing some action. The Cinnamon Caddis is a diving caddis when it comes to egg laying so diving caddis imitations like “Ted’s Diving Caddis” are a good selection.

Ted's Diving Caddis

One nice thing about Ted’s Diving Caddis is that it doesn’t have to dead-drift so a bit of swing isn’t a bad think. A good dropper for that pattern is a small Pheasant Tail which imitates the nymph for Blue Winged Olives – a swimming nymph and so a good match – both move cross current at times. The other good thing about the Cinnamon Caddis is it will be around for another couple of months – usually until the end of September.

Part of the reason Ted’s diving caddis works well as an egg layer imitation is its rough body. The rough dubbing holds air bubbles (just as the real insect does) but that can tend to buoy the fly up so you may need to put a split-shot on to help get it down.

Oh, and before I forget let me mention flows – they are good up and down the river and should remain that way. The demand for power (air conditioning mostly) has been so great they’ve for all intents and purposes run out of water. So unless we get big rains the flows should stay at mid to low levels.

Cinnamon Caddis

And one other thing I don’t want to forget to mention is that we are on vacation next week (we’ll be back August 3rd at 10:00am) so there won’t be a Friday Update next week.

Ok with those things mentioned it’s on to the next hatch. That would be Little Yellow Stoneflies. Well imitated with a size 14 Stimulator or a Little Yellow Sally. They are an earlier hatch, which occurs mostly in the May to June timeframe, but occasionally they hatch after that and we’ve got a mess of them hatching right now. So, as always, the Yellow Stimulator is apt to bring you some hits.

As you can see in the picture they aren’t a big stonefly – that’s my pinky finger in the picture so if you’re trying to imitate them remember to go small. Even with the nymphs you don’t want to get much bigger than a 10 and 12 or 14 is a better size.

And last but not least of the bugs I found this morning waiting for me when I got to the shop is the Little Yellow Quill. Yep, they’re still around and will be until late September. Most any Sulphur pattern in sizes 16 or 18 will do the job. However if you’re throwing nymphs and want to tie on a dropper that might imitate these guys remember that the nymph is a clinger (fast water) and is dark.

Little Yellow Sally Stonefly

Tom Ames book “Hatch Guide for New England Streams” describes them this way. “Colors vary from chocolate to dark olive, but they appear black. Only by capturing local samples can you ensure a good match with your artificial. The nymphs grip tenaciously to the undersides of streambed rocks and are available to trout only during their migration to calmer water, prior to emergence.”

So there you have it – that’s about it until August 6th after we return. August 6th by the way is the day before the casting contest for Maine TU Trout Camp. Hope to see you then. If you want to buy a non-casting entry you can do so online even while we’re away. Just check out the information below.

Our annual Casting
Contest which raises money for the Maine TU Trout Camp and our Spey Class are coming up soon.

Information for the Casting Contest can be found by clicking on this link. The Casting Contest will be held on August 7th here in Fairfield at the shop and the grand prize for the Casting Contest will again be an Orvis rod.

Casting Contest

The winner can pick the Orvis Helios rod of their choice (Spey and Switch rods excluded) and there will also be a drawing for people who donate by purchasing an entry but don’t cast.

Yes, it turns out that a lot of people would like to support the Trout Camp but they can’t get here to cast but they buy an entry anyway. For those good souls we have another prize and that’s the Hydros rod of their choice. So if you want to support the Maine TU Trout Camp follow the link above or this one and get more details. Oh, new rule for the casting contest – you can bring and use your own fly rod – follow the link for more details.

Information for the Spey Class can be found by clicking on this link. The Spey Class will be held on August 21st and 22nd at Evergreen Campground in Solon and the fee for the class is $300.00 (gear provided if needed) Jim Rusher has yet again agreed to teach the class and we’re happy to have him. If you’re thinking Spey and want to get started this class is for you. Check it out by following this link.