Rainbows, High Water and Blue Winged Olives

Gunpowder River Rainbow trout
The Gunpowder River is 49.5 F and is coming down from 336 Cfs today. This bright rainbow, released by Megan Lewatowski fell for a BWO nymph as the river was quieting down and flowing in the mid 200’s. Last weekend we had several reports that fish were moving on streamers. Blue Winged Olives were coming off and fish were taking snowshoe rabbit patterns in the flat water and pools. With more rain and a dusting of snow midweek the river started acting like a freestone again, moving up from 2.32 Ft and 196 CFs to 4.03 Ft and 665 Cfs. If you’re heading out this weekend leave the three weight in the truck, be sure to bring a wading staff and plan on fishing a five or six weight. The river has been clearing all week as the reservoir just turned over. Fishing streamers with a sink-tip line or Airflo sinking Polyleader might be in order, will be a lot easier to cast than a streamer with three BB shot and will allow the fly to drift rather than swing. With a few warm days ahead of us anglers interested in fishing through the afternoons this weekend should connect in the back eddies and flat water with Mike Bachkosky’s BWO unusuals and “Phunny” emergers from the muffin tins. Longer leaders are a must when the water is up-so try a 12ft 6x with the dries and emergers to allow for better drifts over fish that are holding behind woody debris and along shallow edges.
Gunpowder River Rainbow Trout