Upper Sacramento River, Sept. 6th

Releasing a rainbow Ron

Ron came up to spend the holiday weekend sampling some dry fly fishing on area waters and enjoy the emerging fall colors at his getaway cabin in Dunsmuir.   We got together for an evening to share some strategies, techniques and try them on water he fishes often as well as sample some water he had not yet explored.  We began with a small dry fly and a bead head dropper.  To our delight the fish were most interested in the dry and we quickly brought one to hand.  This turned into a theme as we left on the same dry while trying a series of different droppers with the majority of our fish rising to the dry despite any significant hatch or evidence of steady surface feeding.  Once a few bugs started showing in a mixed display of Pale Evening Duns, BWO’s, Tricos and Rusty Spinners we switched to some soft hackles, spinners and emergers as our dropper flies.  The fish still preferred the high floating dry as we got multiple grabs in several different runs, working or way upstream.   Finally in the last light as the few PED’s we saw disappeared completely, the fish switched to our tiny emerger pattern.   The action was nearly non stop as Ron added a few tricks to his bag that will serve him well for the remainder of the weekend and for years to come.

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