The West Branch of the Ausable has been fluctuating around 2500cfs with on-and-off rain this week. Cloudy, higher water will give way to more “normal” (800-1200cfs) water levels by the weekend. Nymphing and slinging streamers will prove to be productive here. Mid-day water temps around 55+ degrees will allow for some fish to show themselves on top as well.
“Classic” BH Hares Ears and BH Prince Nymphs (14-18) will continue to work on double nymph rigs as well as dark and yellow rubber leg stonefly patterns (8-12 ) in pocket water . Soft Hackles on a swing, have proven to work on some fish in the middle of the water column as an emerger. Large Streamers (2-6) like Wooly Buggers, Circus Peanuts, WMD’s and Marabou Mudddlers will draw fish out to chase and strike. Work these on feeding lanes and through deep holes, 12-18” deep, on the move. On top, BWO’s, Assorted Caddis and Stoneflies will be out…Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis, Adams Parachutes and BWO Parachutes from 14—18 will draw strikes.
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