Smaller Dry Flies on the Warm Afternoons

Ruby Lake NWR - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

With the cooler water temperatures, bass fishing is pretty much done for the year. Surface water temperatures are in the high 30’s to low 40’s depending upon where you are. Fishing continues to be fair to good at the collection ditch for 12 to 16 inch trout.  Small spinners and minnow imitations were producing some fish for spin fishermen, but fly rodders were doing better.  Anglers should be switching to smaller dry flies on the warm afternoons.  Blue winged Olives, ants, beetles, Griffith’s gnats, elk hair caddis and Adams are all good choices. However, wet flies will probably outperform the dries right now.  These include the usual small nymphs such as PT’s, hares ears, red or blue copper Johns,  and prince nymphs.  Wooly and crystal buggers in black, purple or olive are also working.  In the crystal clear water of the collection ditch, if you can see the fish, they can see you.  Go low, slow and wear drab clothing. 

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