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Posted: May 27th by Mike Kaz
Welcome back to the Valley Anglers!!!
The West Branch of the Ausable is around 250-300cfs. Very fishable conditions exist with mid-day water temps at approx. 50 degrees. We need a little rain and some warmer air temps to really get the fish “moving” to dries, but nymphing and slinging streamers has proven productive. The Bouquet and East Branch of Ausable have turned some fish as well.
“Classic” BH Hares Ears and BH Prince Nymphs(14-16) have worked on double nymph rigs as well as dark and yellow rubber leg stonefly patterns (8-12 )in pocket water . Large Streamers (2-6) like Wooly Buggers, Circus Peanuts, WMD’s and Marabou Mudddlers have drawn fish out to chase and in a few cases strike. Work these on feeding lanes and through deep holes, on the move. In some cases a sinking leader will help get the fly to the correct position in the water column.
Remember to be quick in releasing your fish to insure productive fishing for the future. See this article from Patagonia’s “Cleanest Line” website about good release techniques.
FREE Fly Casting Lessons for all abilities start on Wednesdays in July…stay posted for time and location.