The West Branch of the Ausable is flowing at approx. 400cfs currently. Running clear and fishable… Nymphs, Dries, Emergers and streamer fishing will all continue to work, assess the water and choose the best technique/pattern. Mid-day water temps are creeping to 65+ degrees. PLEASE start to exercise caution in trout fishing as the lower water levels and higher water temps will stress caught fish. Catch and release quickly and keep them in the water! Or, skip it and get out for Bass or Pike!
Large Streamers (2-6) like Circus Peanuts, WMD’s and CH Marabou Muddlers will draw fish out to chase and strike. On top, BWO’s (12-18), Assorted Caddis (14-18) and Stoneflies (10-12) will be out…Stimulators, Muddler Minows, Elk Hair Caddis (Tan), Adams Parachutes and BWO Parachutes from 10—18 will draw strikes. Grasshoppers, Ants and Beetles are taking a swim this time of year, so try these in the evenings above undercuts and near structure.
Warm water fishing is really solid right now. Best are Poppers (Red or Chartreuse 2-6) to weeds and lily pads for Bass and Big Streamers for Pike.
FREE Fly Casting Lessons for all abilities on Wednesday Nights in July and August…7-8 PM at The Keene Valley Lodge in beautiful downtown Keene Valley.