August 20 River Report

Fishing on the Elk has been hot lately. Hot weather has allowed Ants to continue to hatch creating some great dry fly fishing. Ants, beetles, even hoppers have been effective. Don’t be afraid to throw big terrestrials because they can be just as effective as small ants. On cold, overcast days small mayflies will be effective.

Suggested Dries for the Elk: GT Adams, Parachute Adams, Black Fat Albert, Fire Beetle, B-52 Flying Ant, Parachute Cinnamon Ant, Parachute Black Ant, Chubby Chernobyl.

Michel is having similar hatches to the Elk with the exception that it is still getting Green Drake Hatches. Beetles work exceptionally well along with Ants throughout the day. Drakes will typically come off in the evening or early mornings as well as any time on overcast days. The water is low but still fishable.

Suggested Dries for Michel: Black Fat Albert, Fire Beetle, GT Green Drake, Ext Body Green Drake, B-52 Flying Ant, Parachute Ant.

The Wigwam is full of dormant Bull Trout spread throughout the system. Bulls will typically eat early in the morning and late evenings and will eat nymphs or streamers. The Cutties have been eating lots of big Green Drakes, Mahogany Duns, and Ants. Cutthroat fishing will typically be good all day no matter what the time.

Suggested Dries for the Wigwam: GT Mahogany, GT Green Drake, Black Fat Albert, Ext Body Green Drake, Para Purple Haze, Cinnamon Para Ant.

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