Mid-September, temperatures from 80-low 40/high 30's, 6000' elevation, Great Basin, spring creek with pretty constant 55 degree water. Should be lots of hoppers, dragons, scuds. What am I missing?
Absolutely, lots of muskrats. Hope to try some late eve's, Browns and Tigers as well as 'Bows. Took 2 Tigers last trip, 27 & 33", would be fun to see one take a mouse. LEO who checked my license told he'd taken a 36" Brown there.Mouse pattern? To late in the season for a fuzzy little yellow duckling pattern though
True that, last trip I went 3 for 9 or something like that. 4x on wet, 5x on dries. Hard to go any bigger tippet with #16-18 flies.Small dries (BWO, flying ants, midges etc.) in size 16-20 and fine tippet. If they are being selective, hoppers and other big bugs (dragons, etc.) may not be effective. Besides, there's nothing quite like hooking large fish on small flies and light tippet. Notice, I said hooking... The landing can take lots of practice and not a little luck!
Mouse for sure! And as Richard said, dragons. With fish like that in there I would just sling mouse and dragon dries all day long. Big fish on dries potential always outweighs numbers and trying to finesse them all day.Took 2 Tigers last trip, 27 & 33", would be fun to see one take a mouse. LEO who checked my license told he'd taken a 36" Brown there.