The weather is hot, but the fish don’t seem to mind! The water flows on Rapid Creek have dropped to 125 cfs, which is a nice improvement. 150 was fine, but the extra 25 cfs missing makes the fish considerably more likely to come up to the surface. There are a zillion hoppers around, especially in the basin! Dave had good luck with hoppers yesterday, and caught a few really nice browns. Rapid Creek through town is considerably better since the flows have dropped, and the fish are looking up. Tricos in the morning, caddis in the evenings, and terrestrials throughout the day. Morrish Hoppers, small Chubby Chernobyls, Hippie Stompers, and a number of beetle and ant patterns will keep you into the fish. The banks are definitely your best bet for fishing hoppers, so focus your efforts on the first 3 feet from the grass. If you’re more of a dropper type of person, put a size 12-16 Jig Assassin or Hare’s Ear and pick up a few bonus fish!
The weather forecast for the next week is looking to be considerably cooler, and the fishing will continue to get nothing but better. The fishing this fall is going to be spectacular, and is going to be some of the best fishing we’ve had all year. We have fall BWO hatches to look forward to, great terrestrial fishing, as well as some spectacular streamer fishing opportunities for some very big fish.
This is going to be the fall to be fishing in the Black Hills – hire one of our guides for the best possible Black Hills fly fishing experience! Feel free to give us a call at 605-341-2450 for an updated fishing report, or to hire one of our guides for a day.