July 9th Fishing ReportSunny, with a high near 80. East wind 5 to 7 mph.
Creeks are clear to slightly stained. The stain in on the lower section of the 'larger' creeks in our area. We don't advise fishing on those as they are also the warmest parts of our water right now. Please remember to use your thermometer. It is summertime and some water temperatures are creeping upward. Anything over 65 degrees and fishing slows down and much higher than that can be stressful to trout. We are lucky enough that there are still many headwaters and middle sections fed by our springs that water temperatures are still right around 60 on many of our creeks.
It is full on terrestrial crazy season now with fish happily eating ants, beetles, and even hoppers on the surface. Pairing a foam pattern with a bead head tied on as a dropper below is a great way to catch summertime fish. When you see rising fish, using a caddis type imitation, or an unweighted pheasant tail just below the surface is deadly! While most of our major aquatic insect hatches have slowed down (totally normal for this time of year) there are still some mayflies, midges and egg laying caddis the fish will feed on especially late at night and early in the morning.
Summertime also means mousing! From dusk until dawn you can have some fun slowly stripping a mouse across the surface.