DSC00019A spur of the moment snow shoe into the heart of the lower Kinni yesterday was just what the doctor ordered. From noon to 4 there was no sun, no fish rising and a short feeding window for sub surface nymphing. Guides iced up, fingers and toes got cold and we caught a few fish. The Lower Kinni was in great shape with no sign of the low water conditions I had seen on the Rush mid week. Thanks for all the fun reports from trout fishing around Pierce County.┬áIt looks like some nice fish, both Brook and Brown were caught. It is no surprise that on Sunny days the midges and small stones are thick making for some nice dry fly fishing early in the season. Top water patterns like CDC comparadun in black brown or gray, Griffith’s gnats or stillborn midges in #16-20, or subsurface midge larva or small P. tails will do the trick if presented reasonably. Some of the fish at the more popular river crossings are starting to get a bit more picky since they have now been stung a few times.

jujube Speck

jujube Speck

This fly worked well for me this past week both floating and sunken. It is called a jujube Speck. It is tied with caribou for the thorax which gives it a good bit of buoyancy if thrown dry and also buoyancy if fished as a trailer behind a heavy lead fly. It was newly created dreamed up this winter and is a morph of the jujube style body and an old smoky mountain pattern called the Speck. Photo by Phil A.

Hot and Cold Business and Pleasure

Hot and Cold Business and Pleasure