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Fishing report August 11 ,2017
Late summer patterns have settled in and fish are responding predictably. Good fishing is happening at several periods of the day.

The Pigeon is still fishing very well. The Pine Grove campground is the best area because it can be fished all day long. Early mornings have shown good PMD and BWO hatches with sporadic Trico emergences upstream from the campground. Daytime hopper action is steady along the grassy banks sections. Evening hatches of Lt. Cahill and tan caddis have produced steady action also. The Elk Hill campground area is also fishing well. Better Trico action here. The west branch of the Sturgeon is starting to show some summer migrant action. The trout in the mainstream move into the branch from now into the fall. Casting streamers along the undercuts and logjams will produce jarring strikes. The Black is showing good action from Town Corner campground to Mckinnon's Bend. BWO hatches are steady and the Black Quill hatches are starting above Tin Shanty Bridge. This fly will come off sporadically until the end of the season. A #12 Adams will work but there are times when a realistic spinner pattern is required. Hopper action has been good too, especially on breezy days. Don't forget to try streamers also. Muddlers and Buggers are proven producers. A few thoughts about late season fishing in general. When in doubt, fish terrestrials. Hoppers, ants, beetles, and grubs fall into the rivers regularly during this period and fish look for these meals. Generic attractor patterns often will work more consistently. As far as that maddening Trico hatch, I still rely on the two fly setup for success. After tying a #14 Adams on, I run an 18" section of 6X or 7X off that to tie the #24 Trico pattern. The larger fly acts as a strike indicator very effectively and often the fish will hit the larger fly right during the Trico hatch.


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