Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Craig Fellin Outfitters & Big Hole Lodge's Tip of the Week
Leaders are probably the most overlooked pieces of equipment that we use on the trout stream. A finely tapered leader either knotless or knotted will turn your fly over with ease assuming you make a good cast and match the right sized tippet with the fly you're fishing. For example you'd use a 3x tippet if you're fishing #10 hoppers in the wind, or you'd use a 6x tippet fishing a #20 baetis imitation in a slow pool. What wouldn't work would be a 5x tippet attached to a #12 Royal Wulff. Another mistake many fly fishers make is using a leader that has been snipped off numerous times during the day adding new tippet to the point where the taper on the leader has been compromised. When this happens, the fly doesn't land where its intended to, and you spend a critical moment or two searching for your fly on the water and inviting a missed strike. Use a well tapered leader each time you step in the water. Be aware of COVID-19 restrictions.
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Water Flow Data
5-Day Outlook as of 9/21/21
The weather forecast calls for highs in the 40’s and sunny. Use caution and think safety in the icy river flows. Be Aware of the COVID-19 restrictions. Call us to find out what the rules are in our area.
Techniques & Tips as of 9/21/21
The reach cast will pay dividends meaning accomplishing your mend in the air as opposed to on the water when crossing the current. Imagine painting a canvas starting at the upper right hand corner and brushing your stroke down to the bottom left corner with one sweep. This is a smooth one step cast rather than a forward stroke and then a rod tip movement upstream which defeats your purpose. Start your fly at the target then smoothly bring the tip of the rod upstream in one movement.
Current Conditions as of 9/21/21The weather forecast calls for highs in the 40’s and sunny. Use caution and think safety in the icy river flows. Be Aware of the COVID-19 restrictions. Call us to find out what the rules are in our area.
Local Species Available Summer
|Big Sky Salmon Fly||Orange||#4-6|
|Bead Head Stonefly||Black||#4-6|
|Elk Wing Caddis||Tan||#14-16|
|Rogue River Salmon||Orange||#4-8|
|Bead Head Prince||Brown||#8-14|
|Peperroni Yuk Bug||Black/org||#4-8|
Big Sky Salmon Fly
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Super Strong Plus Leaders
SuperStrong Plus Tippet in 30- and 100-meter spools
Best Fly Fishing Rod:
6-Weight 9' Fly Rod
Best Floating Fly Line:
Double Taper Trout Fly Line
Best Sinking Fly Line:
Bank Shot Sink Tip Fly Line