Hiked into a remote spot with a friend hoping for a caddis hatch. We got a late start, on the river by 10am. Midges came off strong at first but fish didn’t seem interested. We landed a few sporadic rising trout before fish started to key in on emerging bugs, around noon.
Fish ate on top until around 3pm, then rises continued on a sporadic basis. A few waves of hatches came through with most being sz 18 gray caddis. I fished a size 16 with great success.
I used the five weight fly rod again with a 12 foot leader and tippet combination terminating at 4x.
These fish were amazingly fat, stuffed to the gills with caddis flies. It makes a 12 inch fish feel much bigger and makes light or damaged tippet much more likely to break.
I didn’t count today but between the two of us I bet we landed 40 fish. They all came on Elk Hair Caddis dry flies. Long casts weren’t a must but certainly gave the angler an advantage as streams remain low and clear.