Along with this guy, Bo and I took an afternoon stroll yesterday and did a little wade fishing behind the house. It was a beautiful warm fall afternoon and the river was dead low just as it has been almost constantly since 10-15-14. For the past couple of weeks there have been some very nice Rainbows on the shoals making their best effort to spawn. We have seen some very large Brown Trout staging up and displaying their pre-spawn actions; but yesterday we did not see any redds dug, nor any Brown Trout in spawning mode. We caught one small 15″ Brown Trout and a number of nice Rainbows all taken on a “Goins Gold Softhackle.”
Hopefully the rain that is forecast over the next couple of days will put a little water in Greers Ferry Lake and we will maybe get some water releases. Perhaps this will trigger the Brown Trout spawn. These fish will be under a lot of stress during this time so please do not fish over spawning fish. We do not guide over spawning fish and really it does not take any real skill to catch a spawning Brown Trout. Let’s let them do their thing and keep our Brown Trout population healthy. It will not be long after the spawn that the Browns will get hungry and the streamer fun will begin! If you are interested in some winter streamer fly fishing just get in touch with us at Empty Creel Fly Fishing Guides and Outfitter.
“Life is Good on the Fly!”