Posted on May 14 2021
The weather is warming up here in the mountains this week. Flows have stayed the same on the tailwaters and dropped on the freestones due to the lack of rain. Water temps on the Rapid and Magalloway are in the 43-45 degree range. There have been reports of hatches in the area. I saw B.W.O.'s on the water but no fish eating them yet. As the days continue in the 60's we should start to see mayflies begin to hatch and fish feeding on them. The sucker spawn is in full swing but the fishermen will find that the space they have to fish in has been restricted by the low flows. The trout can be very vulnerable in this situation so I hope fishermen will not over fish these areas. The hot nymphs to use haven't changed much. The pink worm has caught the most this week with the green rock worm and other green caddis patterns working also. Eggs should always be tried if suckers are around. This week I will start carrying my dry fly boxes with me as I expect we might stumble on to some surface fishing in the afternoons. Pesky blackflies have arrived so don't forget the bug dope. See you on the river.