Dave and I fished the Owyhee River this weekend. It was a blast! The discharge from the dam had just been lowered to 43CFS. On Saturday afternoon we “French Nymphed” and both landed brown trout greater than 20 inches. Below is the first fish landed of our trip! It was a sign of more big fish to be caught.
Beginning mid Sunday morning through Monday afternoon we were treated with rising brown trout to mahogany duns and blue winged olive hatches. Nothing is more exciting than watching bugs surface and fish slurping on the surface. It becomes a game of targeting a fish, picking the right fly, and a natural presentation of the fly. Did I mention we were fishing bamboo and casting small dry and emerger flies (size 18 and size 20). We caught a majority of our fish with BWO dries – I also was successful with catching fish on a BWO bubbled back on a short tag – 3 to 4 inches below the surface. Dave worked a large 25 inch brown trout, trying all types of flies and finally picked the fly and got the natural drift to land this brown beauty with his custom made 7’6” 5 wt bamboo rod.
We ended the trip with me landing a nice 18” brown trout on a size 18 BWO emerger!