Black Hills Fishing Report 3/26/2013
In Town – Fishing in town continues to be outstanding, with fish consistently rising more or less every day from about 10-2. The numbers of fish on top is off the wall, this is some of the most consistent dry fly fishing we’ve seen since last year. The fish like Klinkhammers, small 16-20 Parachute Adams, Morgans Midges, Black Parachutes, and F-Flies. For BWO’s, the patterns of choice have been a CDC Thorax Dun, Brook’s Sprout Emerger, CDC BWO Emerger, and Klinkhammers as well. The BWO’s are just getting fired up, and will only get better through the month and early next month. Nymphing has also been very productive, with Tungsten Psycho Nymphs, Two Bit Hookers, Bubble Back Midges in gray and black, Tungsten San Juan Worms, Amex Pinks, and T. Ready Baetis Nymphs being my best producers. Fish these under a pinch-dicator, or under a larger dry fly. I’ve also did well the past week or so on Olive streamers, and the Kraft’s Kreelex has also been a good producer for me.
Below Pactola Reservoir – Fishing has been steady, with an increasing number of big rainbows coming out of their winter hiding holes. Nymphing is your best bet for numbers, with Tungsten San Juans, UV Czechs, and Egg patterns being great flies for fish scavenging in the shallower runs and riffles. For the more selective fish, T. Ready Baetis Nymphs, Tungsten Psychos, Bubble Backs, UV Midges, Pinkies, and Bloodworms being good choices. A few fish are also on top, and Morgan’s Midges or F-Flies usually do the trick on them. A few BWO’s are around, and the CDC Thorax Dun or a small, 20-22 BWO Comparadun or Sparkle Dun will usually do the trick. Streamers, as always, are producing the biggest fish out of the catch and release area, with Kraft’s Kreelex, Home Invaders, Dungeons, and Bottoms Up’s being good bets.
The spring Little Black Stonefly hatch has begun, with great numbers of fish being caught on the surface throughout the canyon. Small Black Parachutes, Black F-Flies, and even small black midge patterns are producing well. For nymphs, black is definitely your best option. Black Tungsten Psychos, Black Copper Johns, and small Black Hare’s Ears are producing well with a smaller midge larva trailed behind. The fishing in town is also excellent, with larger flies producing well. The best bets for flies have been Tungsten San Juans, Psychos, Copper Johns, Egg patterns, and Tung Teasers. Dropper patterns include Bubble Backs, UV Midges, T. Ready Baetis Nymphs, Amex Pinks, and Two Bits.