Animas Lunch Report – 10/27/15 – First Frost
Goodbye hoppers, it has been fun casting your imitations to willing trout this late into October. The first frost came and visited us last night and with it, and end to terrestrial season. Bring on the wood stove fires. Bring on the extra layers and the hot coffee. Bring on late fall, bring on the snow. If the predictions are to be believed, El Nino is going to drop a giant’s portion of snow on Southwest Colorado this year.
Here is to hoping for snow measured in feet rather than inches. Just remember: snow in winter equals to float season in summer.
So Spencer had this happen on his guide trip a few days ago. Absurd and insane. Big fish are out and about. The Animas is currently flowing at 424 cfs and is very floatable for the experienced oarsman. If you want to weed out the little fish, fish streamers. You may have a 1 or 2 fish day, but the fish will be good to say the least. If you would rather catch lots more fish with the opportunity to hook a beast, fish nymphs. Fish stonefly nymphs, eggs, BWO nymphs, and midges. Watch for BWO and midge hatches to bring some fish to the surface. Pat’s Rubberlegs, Juju Baetis, or a Pheasant Tail are good flies to start with.