Updated: Jul 2, 2021
I love it when you get clients that want to learn to fly fish and when asked where they prefer to go they say they'd like to go up into the mountains to fish a beautiful mountain river. This was the case on this day...
The forecast was for a very hot day so we got an early start and when we arrived I was surprised that there weren't many other people out on what is usually a very busy stretch. We ended up having a great run all to ourselves uninterrupted all day.
The water is a little high still but very clear and the fish were active both on the flies we offered as well as rising consistently throughout the day. The lessons focused mostly on casting and nymphing but it still turned out to be a pretty good day.
If you get out to the Oldman there were a couple different mayflies hatching and for nymphs that worked for us it was basic Pheasant Tails and small Perdigons. I'd say for dries any Mayfly pattern in size 14-12 would work great to rising fish and Euro or Indy fishing with nymphs will provide steady action all day.
Get out there and enjoy this upcoming weather but please be aware of the extreme temperatures and how it can affect the fish. Keep them wet and if it gets too hot, maybe put the rods down and go hunting for Red Tops.