There were lots of smiling faces during the electroshocking survey earlier in the week. The average fish we saw were close to 11 inches and many believe that we’re witnessing the best group of fish the river has held, in size and number, since 1991.The river is back up around 320 Cfs and should remain high until the next shocking survey scheduled for Tuesday at Bluemount Rd and Wednesday at Glencoe. A 22″ Brown weighing 3 3/4 lb was just one of the big ones released during the survey above Falls Rd. A streambred rainbow measuring 14″ was also notable.The survey at Masemore showed lots of heavy 12-14″ Browns and quite a few smaller rainbows 8″-10″ that had moved down below the powerline pool. This weekend focus on Masemore upstream through Falls Rd towards Pretty Boy and fish the corners. Limit your wading and try hopper and dropper rigs and large streamers up to a #4-6 from the bank. Robust nymphs, such as copper Johns sized #10-12, and San Juan worms below a #8 cricket should move fish even in heavy water. A sink-tip line at the plunge pool is a viable option. If you’re planning on fishing in the next few days expect to see a few caddis in the morning sized #14-16 and try back eddies throughout the catch and release stretch with an Elk Hair and CDC Caddis double.
Note: Try a #12-14 Elk Hair Caddis with a #18-20 CDC Caddis Emerger behind it.