We are in the thick of full on Autumn fishing! Water temps and levels are prime for float and wade fishing! We've been having some great days on the Saco, Andro and our wild brook trout waters. Dates are available from now through mid November. Now's the time to fish!
We have been having some excellent floats on the Andro. With daytime highs in the 70's most days and lows in the 40's water temps have dropped into the sweet spot for trout metabolisms. We are seeing good bio drifts of nymphs starting at about 8am. From here some days have had consistent bites right through while other days there is a short mid-day lull. We should see good fishing for a while now with prime conditions in the forecast through at least the end of next week. Look for Isonychia, October caddis, Green caddis (Rhyacophilia), tan caddis, and golden stones to be of great importance through September.
The Saco has fished very well so far this September. With recent rains were were able to float the river a couple times and had good streamer fishing. Fish have also keyed in on recent ant swarms and midge hatches. Fish small Griffiths gnats or cinnamon ants to get their attention. As waters cool you will want to focus on streamers more and dries less.
While the Ellis has been slow for stocked fish this year there have been some good numbers of wild brook trout moving into even the lower river. I fished a short stretch the other day and managed five nice wild brookies from 6-8 inches in the FFO stretch. Fish orange stimulators to mimic October caddis on the surface. Birds nest nymphs and stonefly nymphs will work subsurface.
Our mountain streams continue to fish well for brookies, rainbows and browns. You have about two more weeks of good fishing with October caddis, ants and small streamers all working well. As waters cool in Late September Early October these fish will head to spawn move to bigger water. This is when you will want to head to bigger water as well.
Wild Brook Trout water:
Our wild brook trout streams are off the beaten path spring feed fisheries that we try to keep to ourselves. That being said they are fishing very well right now as brook trout are pre spawn and aggressively striking streamers! If you would like to experience some high quality native brook trout fishing please let us know!
We are now booking dates for Arkansas 2018. We will be guiding on the White and Norfork rivers in Cotter Arkansas from March 5th through March 31st 2018. Please give us a call or email if you would like to book!
With the days getting shorter but temps still warm now is a great time to get out and fish. We consider September and early October our favorite fishing of the year as crowds are small, fish are hungry, temps are comfortable, and the scenery is breathtaking. We have dates available for September and October so please let us know asap if you would like to book.