Owyhee River Report (4-24)
It’s never good when a major storm cell moves directly over your head at 2:00 in the afternoon just about the time the days hatches would be coming off. It was rain, wind, hail, and massive thunder and lightning that engulfed the Owyhee canyon and it pretty much drowned out the fishing for the afternoon. As an end result Jack Matunas and I took a pretty major butt kicking, caught eight fish and came home with our tail tucked between our legs.
There were some encouraging signs though. The leading edge of the small baetis colored caddis hatch are beginning to appear on the river and in a matter of days there will be some great fishing on the “O”. You should stock up on these caddis flies to prepare for the hatches.
1) Bare Belly Caddis Green #18 for perfect match
2) Adams Caddis Green #20 for fast water
The fish will soon key on these bugs and it will be a lot like the skwala hatch but a much smaller bug. During this hatch I’ve had some of the largest fish days ever on the “O” and it will be happening very soon.
Even though the weather spoiled the fishing, Jack and I still had a great day. We eked out eight fish on a variety of bugs and had the pleasure of watching an awesome storm.
Flies that caught fish
1) Beetle #12
2) Adams Caddis (Peacock) #16
3) “Get Her Done” Caddis Black #16
4) BWO Emerger #20
5) BWO Comparadun #18
6) Sheep Skin
You know it’s a tough day when you have seven bugs in your sheep skin at the end of the day.