Posted by flyfishingfool on September 30th, 2011
Well, I managed to get enough time, $$, etc. to make a multi-day trip down to BSSP. Water was at/near nomal level – e.g. about 2ft at the Gauge House, and a bit shallow in some areas – actually too easy for a lot of folks to walk all the way into the middle of the stream. Strange to see people standing in the middle of the stream so they can reach the far side with their casting, when there are fish swimming all around them and (of course) many swimming behind them. Water was absolutely crystal clear – which made the need to use smaller tippet (or use fluorocarbon) and smaller flies to be consistently successful. There were a lot more folks than I expected – guess the nice weather and good water conditions drew them out to the stream. Weather was cool in the morning (about 50), but great in the afternoons (highs of 72-80), but mostly very sunny. Only difficult day was on Thursday when the front moved through and the wind was blowing 20+ mph almost all day, and a stream carpeted in falling leaves – added a little extra challenge to your casting!
I talked to a couple of folks who were having success with the old “early morning standby – black & yellow maribou micro-jigs” first thing in the morning; but even more common, people were catching fish on small white thread jigs and small white marabou jigs, while folks having the most success were using little brassies in pink or red. I fished a lot of small dark midges with (what I would call) slow but steady success all day long, averaging a fish every 10-15 minutes or so. Olive colored flies were just not attracting fish for me, regardless of size or style of fly. There were several short periods where the fish were hitting drys very aggressively, but this action did not seemed to be timed to any hatches – rather, the fish just decided to hit the top-water flies for some reason. When they were hitting the top you did not need to be delicate, they would hit size 12-14 Renegades, sixe 10-12 bright yellow woolies, and almost any size 10-12 light-to-medium colored Crackleback.
Overall, simply a good week of fishing down at BSSP; could I have caught more fish? or the weather been warmer in the A.M., or cooler in the P.M.? or less windy? or more overcast?….sure – but when you add together all the conditions it was simply a great time to be out on the water with the flyrod! Just like anytime (and everytime!) is a great time!!!