It's time to go FishingJuly 20, 2016
The Snake is getting into prime mid-summer form and should remain this way for the next several weeks. One thing to watch is the water temperatures, which are getting into the low 60s in the early evening.
PMDs are the primary bugs on the water, with a smattering of yellow sallies and caddis (the latter in the morning and evening) thrown in. Grasshoppers are starting to appear on every reach. Some reaches also have a few carpenter ants around.
Morning hours are a good time to be fishing dry-droppers and tandem dry fly rigs along banks, submerged structure, riffles pools and the tail of seams. Around 11am, action on small dries and small dry tandem rigs starts to kick into gear in riffles, seams, and along banks. There is a bit of a slowdown after 4pm, but it is definitely still worth throwing dry-droppers into early evening.
Streamer action is getting better each day on floating, intermediate and 3ips lines when fished along banks, seams, riffles, and submerged structure. 6ips is usually overkill but these lines are actually working really well, especially late in the day. Regardless, streamers can be fished productively throughout the day on just about every reach of the river.
Dry flies – Cinnamon Bears, Will’s Winged Chernobyl, Bart’s Lipstick, Purple Bruces, Winged Peanuts, PMXs, Mellow Yellow Sallies, Goldie Hahn Para-Sallies, Royal Wulffs, Ausable Wulffs, Parachute Extended Body PMDs, Air-Flo PMDs, Booty’s PMD Emerger, Pink Alberts, Comparaduns, and Quigley’s Film Critics.
Nymphs – Lightening Bugs, Rainbow Warriors, Booty’s Deep Stinker Nymph, Hot Wired Princes, Copper Johns in copper, red, or olive, Psycho Princes, Holo Princes, and Foxy Sallie Stones.
Streamers – Shaka Zulu, Silvey’s Sculpin, Sundell’s Sunfire, Hog Hunters, McCune Sculpins, Galloups Peanut Envy, Booty’s Quad Bunny Leech, Kreelux, and Chicklets.