Saturday, October 31, 2015

October Summary: Fall Baetis Hatch (& Some Other Bugs)

Looking back the last fall, midge hatch & rise actions of trout were tremendous. Instead, fall baetis activities were somehow very low. Midge actions were more than compensating poor baetis actions so no anglers were complaining. So this fall, most regular creek anglers are hoping to see fall baetis hatch and delighted rise actions of trout, just as we know, yet we are all prepared for midge hatches due to the last fall.

I have already found out the tendency for this season. Again, every year is different. On the contrary to the last fall, midge activities are much lower. Instead, we got fall baetis back!! - just as classic & typical as we know & expect!!

One thing that's common every season - at least in my opinion: fall baetis is the ultimate match-the-hatch challenge of the year. By the fall, trout have seen all kinds of flies and presentations. Furthermore, they are not eagerly feeding any more. When hatch is good, they "might" rise and feed a few. Flies, Presentations, and Timing their rises!! We have to show every fly pattern and skill that we have developed through summer months in order to wrap up the season with the happy notes.

Let's look back how I've been doing with more pictures than in the previous post!

In the afternoon of the opening day, Oct 15th, I was at the spot!! Baetis hatch was good! and promising for the rest of month. Furthermore, my new emerger pattern turned out to be a very successful & killing pattern right off the bat!! I have already developed a couple of color & hook variations. I will unfold each and all during this winter.

 In the morning of 18th, I had several midge actions that's worth noting.
Massive Whities (I got two.......)

 In the afternoon of the same day, baetis did hatch and my new emerger kept catching trout!!

Then the afternoon of 20th was the "classic" fall baetis fishing!!
It was overcast with light rain, no winds to speak of. I started to see rings of rises one by one. I started catching smaller individuals.

One of the most iconic and technically challenging section of DePuy's = Annie's Run holds some nice trout that show themselves only during heavy hatches!! I was able to make a perfect drift right along the edge!!

 Actions went on.

The way actions ended was also classic - trickling down to 3PM.
 Another morning catch with midges.
This fall, I have discovered a new spot for me and it would perhaps be the most challenging spot in the entire creek. Certainly I have known the spot but haven't fished much. That is why I keep visiting DePuy's!! There's always something to learn, observe, and develop!!
In the afternoon of 21st, I observed repetitive rise actions that I ended up spooking all. Since then, I've been devoting myself to this challenging spot and trout swimming there!!
Look at this tremendous hatch!!
 I observed and studied the spot. Weedbeds, current speed, where trout are rising......... I decoded one at a time, day by day. I started getting in touch with trout!!

 Again on my new emerger!!
Any sizes can be enjoyable!

 Another shot of surface world.
By the afternoon of 27th, I developed some strategies to be successful at this challenging and physically demanding spot though that does not mean I was hooking every and each rise!
Also, it turned out to be another classic baetis afternoon - hatches came in waves = 3 big swarm = then tapered down.

Inch by inch, I was catching larger ones........

Action ended with this hefty leaping rainbow, connecting at the end of 6X tippet and size 22 dry-fly. This is definitely one of my most proud catch on the creek!!
Regardless of sizes, all the trout in this spot were challenging = fly patterns, presentations, and timing!!
 I say "a spot" but actually there are two currents that I've been working on. Both are equally challenging!!
In the afternoon of 30th, we finally experienced tough winds = nearly 30mph = from SW that had been cooperative over two weeks. Although baetis would hatch, they would be immediately blown away to Canada. Hence trout rising actions wouldn't be counted much......... However, I know a spot that I might be able to fish for the hatch & rise with dry-flies. I patiently waited and observed. I spotted continuous rises, just as I thought. I can't tell whether those were caused by one fish or couple of trout. I was sure rises were to feed duns. Yet, as always, presentations of flies and timing of presentations!! Furthermore, I had to deal with gust. Actually winds did me a favor regarding my positioning. Vision for my dry-flies were terrible but I detected a very small sipping rise where my fly should be........ Another proud catch!!


So fall baetis are hatching and midges are offering some surface actions then. Yet those are not all. Indeed trout are feeding on different stuffs.
As seen right above, what's this bigger mayfly?
Yes, that's a PMD and here's the one flying - not from this June!! Indeed PMD are observed hatching during winter months and almost all through the year.
Orange scud!
A big snail collected by pumping!!
 Even from one trout caught during the baetis hatch on a baetis dry-fly.........

Just like predicting fall-run trout, baetis hatch can progress to any results. Considering all these classic and typical hatches so far, and including my wish!, I have a strong hunch that hatch will go on till mid November. It will taper down as the days go by but those hours will still be worth assembling my dry-fly rig!! I will keep working on!

October Summary - Fall Runners

Originally, I was thinking to fish today, Oct 31st, then would update blogs on Nov. 1st. However, there's a "wind advisory" that shouldn't be taken lightly. Yesterday I had enough and I know that wouldn't be good for fishing BWO = baetis hatch and trout rising actions...... But then, I have accumulated so many pictures to show and stories to tell!! So here they are!

Living in one of the greatest fly-fishing destinations, there are several streams that are open year around and I can go out fishing any time of year. I do consider regulations but I don't really get emotional about "opening-closing". The only opening day I'm anxious for is, as it has been, October 15th on which Winter Pass at DePuy's Spring Creek starts!! Another 6-month of action-packed season has begun. I greeted with other regular fishers who became friends.

That what I've been busy for. As of today, I fished 14 days since Oct 15th. I fished for two important subjects: fall-run trout and fall baetis hatch. Each needs be reported separately like fishing method is different. Besides, much less confusing for me to write and readers to read!

Let's start with how I did with fall-run trout. Did I get "The ONE"?
This is hard to predict or to conclude (of course, not yet) as this activity is related to Yellowstone River, which has been "funny" all through summer (low-water but cold, etc., etc., .......).
Every season is different, that's for certain.........

Following pictures are pretty much in a chronological order.
On Oct 15th, the opening day!, I forgot my camera........ So, for the first time, I used my i-phone! My phone is protected with the water-proof case, however, we'd better be careful with the loss........

Not bad for the opener!
 A bit tricky selfie with i-phone!
 Rainbows are also coming in to the creek, being colorful, fat, and sassy!

 Sparkle Crane Larva!!

A nice cutthroat was also on Sparkle Crane Larva!
 One of my neighborhood fishermen, Les, snapped a pic of me and commented "I need a pack-mule". Perhaps so........ Even when I'm fishing on my own, it's pretty much like I'm guiding....... It's imprinted.

 This fall, relatively large Yellowstone Cutthroat are still hanging in the creek and acting just like browns and rainbows. This is quite a surprise. Again, every season is different.

At one of  overlooked spots, I hooked into a hefty rainbow!! From the color = very silver and the it fought, I can strongly guess it must have been a fresh-runner from the river!

 This one was perhaps an inch larger than those above and I took it on "swing"!
 Then, in the morning of Oct 25th, I finally got a big tug for the first thing in the morning!!

 This marks my 4th largest trout caught from DePuy's.
This was on Spruce Prince!
Right after, I had another big tug!! This time, it seemed to be on Mr. O-O (October-Orange), trailed behind Spruce Prince.

 Not as large, but a very nice and respectable size rainbow!!
On the swinging Coyote!!
Streamers induce vicious bites too!!
I was equally surprised by the take, as he had been, as I was just "stripping" in and didn't expect much......... Very nice fall color!!  

 More rainbows are coming in and some are developing more colors.

I'm NOT concluding anything yet. I still pursue big ones through November!!
Baetis report follows next.............