Animas Lunch Report – 4/21/16 – Smutting
Rob and I just learned a new word, like, 1 minute ago. John and Tom just taught it to us! It’s called “Smutting”.
Sounds kind of dirty. It is a term that stemmed from our English fly fishing friends across the pond. The definition of smutting is when you see a trout rise, but you don’t see their mouth clear the surface of the water. Trout are smutting when they are eating emergers just below the surface film, but not actually keying in on dries. Pretty sweet, eh chap?
In other news, the Animas looks killer today. The flows had a nice little peak at just over 1000 cfs a few days ago, but thanks to the colder temps the flows dropped down to 640. If you are inclined to float today or tomorrow, you would be making a good decision. Streamers have been working quite well in the mornings. The streamer bite seems to die off and coincide with the fantastic BWO hatches we have been seeing in the afternoons. While we are not seeing a lot of risers; if you were to stalk the banks you may be able to spot suspended fish eating emergers a foot or two below the surface.
Keep an eye out for those smutting fish too.