casting dries under Beijing sky

August. Hot as “H”. A Sky full of smoke. Looks like a smog blanket in Beijing. It’s burning west of here. In British Columbia. The residue is drifting eastward. We had almost two months of it last year. To quote Yogi Berra, ” It’s Deja Vu all over again”. Cool, clear Rocky Mountain air… total myth. It’s a heat wave. Fires are burning. And I’m casting flies/fries under a Beijing sky.

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smokey sky

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on pmd size 18

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river 10am

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small tailwater flies

The flow has finally dropped on a local tailwater river. There are now many more targets for the dry-fly angler. Many of the softest feeders I spotted in the shallows were Cutthroats and the hybrid, Cutt-Bows. They were often much more demanding and discriminating than the other risers. It’s mainly small flies hatching, Pmd’s size 18, 16. Challenging at times…with the slower water many rise to duns.

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head on

 

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late july ties

Simple Pale Morning emerger and dun patterns that I’ve been casting this summer. This hatch is still going  quite strong on a few nearby tailwater rivers. And some small grasshopper flies I hope to use in the upcoming weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

coulee trout

Sunlight finally fills the ravine. The river can now be searched from above. Climb out and up. Follow a deer or cattle path. Perch on the edge. Watch for life. Look for movement in the flow. Then drop back down…

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brown taken on size 16 pmd

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looking west; continental divide

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rainbow on pmd

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one week in july

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Joe F. – best of the week

One week in July. Summertime. A visiting friend. Chasing trout. Walking. Wading. Watching. Sight-fishing. Three rivers visited. Two fished regularly. One in the day. The other in the evening. A fishing rhythm. Trout on small dry flies: size 16, 18 Pale Morning Duns; small beetles; ant patterns. A few taken sight-fishing nymphs. Some good ones caught. Some good ones lost. A fly rod found. The owner found.

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trout-spotting from the bank

Outside all day. Then back at it in the evening. A good week.

One week in July…

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crowsnest rainbow caught by Joe F

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my best rainbow

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low water sight fishing

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half day on a pond

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small dry flies

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brown trout

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An evening on the Crow

The Crowsnest. A small river. Really just a stream. Beautiful. Some call it the perfect trout stream. Home to impressive rainbows. The closest river to my house. A walk away.  When summer takes hold and small flies hatch, its large trout slide into the slow/soft water areas and feed subtly. Often in shin deep water or even less. Here’s one that was located the other evening in the shallows…taken on a beetle.

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