Fishing Report, Spokane River August 6th, 2021
Updated: Mar 22, 2022
Relief from the heat!...well at least for the next several days, and then it appears that the temps will rebound right back up into upper 90's. But for now, let's enjoy the cooler weather this weekend and spend some time in the outdoors and on the river.
Earlier in the week, the fishing remained confined to early morning hours (as per the usual). By late morning, you could feel the heat radiating off the rocks and by then the trout slumped down, so we would pack up as well. Saturated in smoke and haze, the red sun also provided some other worldly effects while on the river, it's what I would imagine fly fishing on Mars will be like (yes, I have heard that there are some epic up and coming trout streams on Mars!).
We also tried our hand yesterday evening after the thunderstorms had passed through and deposited some precipitation. Thinking that the trout would be a bit more active, our hopes were high, but they continued to be disinclined towards our flies and we had to work the water methodically. Hopefully though, the trout will pick up over this weekend as the cooler weather hovers over us, so I would anticipate that the fishing should be decent throughout the day. Early morning fishing is never a bad idea, but heading out to the river later in the morning or evening should also be productive.
For this weekend, try focusing on riffled water near the banks with dry-droppers. If you are not too familiar with what a dry-dropper is then check out our latest article: What is a Dry-Dropper Rig? (and tune in for next week's "How To" article where we'll cover how to tie up a few dry-dropper rigs onto a leader).
In the riffled water, there are intricate seams that trout will hold in and it takes time to methodically work the dry-dropper to find these holding spots. The water levels in these areas are typically less than a foot deep to maybe two or three feet deep, so I usually like to keep the nymph (dropper) on 12-18inches of tippet suspended off the dry fly. If you keep getting snags, then shorten the tippet length leading to the nymph.
(Read: Does Fly Fishing Tippet Expire?)
For fly patterns with the dry-dropper, start with larger more buoyant attractor style dries (Schroeders Hoppers, Chubby Chernobyls, Amy's Ants) and some larger more colorful/flashy nymphs to suspend beneath them (Rainbow Warriors, Copper Johns, colorful Perdigons). From there, if nothing is striking either fly, then start mixing it up. Try more subtle nymphs (Pheasant Tails, Hare's Ears, Bead Head Soft Hackle Hare's Ears) pared with either the attractor style dry flies or dry flies that are a bit more subtle as well (Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams, Klinkhammers).
When using those smaller dry flies, they won't be able to suspend such heavy nymphs. But, that is okay because you should still be focusing your drifts over those riffled sections that are more shallow, so we are not as concerned with getting nymphs down deep. Keep switching around flies and focus on getting those flies to drift as best as possible. High sticking the fly rod (i.e. holding the rod out to keep as much of the fly line off the water) will be necessary to keep the fly line from immediately dragging the flies around. So, try that out for this weekend and if you run into any questions feel free to comment below or shoot us an email and we'll help to answer those.
Finally, after you have worked your way upriver, clip off that dry-dropper rig and then tie on one or two wet flies. Gently cast and swing these wet flies in front of boulders and drop-offs as you walk back downstream. Always a great way to fish your way back to the car.