Our rivers and streams remain at a very good level for fishing - and for trout growth, thanks to repeated rain showers. Temperatures have been relatively cool, which also bodes well for fishing heading into mid-July.
Hatches during this time period tend to drop off a bit; most fly activity has been seen later in the evenings rather than during the day. Watch for the tiny Blue-Winged Olives, and the lighter-colored Sulphurs and Light Cahills, which are around during the summer months. Caddis flies of various sizes and colors may also be present.
Summertime is a favorite time to fish with terrestrials – ants, grasshoppers, crickets, inchworms. These flies are productive especially when fished below overhanging branches or logs along the bank of the stream, places where those insects would normally blow or wash into the water.
In high flows if no surface activity is seen, try fishing below the surface with nymphs or streamers. Large black flies are more easily seen in turbid or discolored water conditions.