The Elk and surrounding water have been fishing quite well the past couple of weeks and with decent weather in the forecast, it looks like it is only going to get better. Fish are eating on top as well as subsurface, so there's no complaining to be had. Water levels are up from last week and will probably hold around their average for the next couple of weeks with the weather that is in the forecast.
Water temps are looking good out west for the main system rivers and it sounds like fishing has been pretty good based on the reports we have had from customers. The fish (cutties in specific) are keying into the dry flies and they're more than happy to come up to a nicely presented fly and smash it. The bulls, on the other hand, require a streamer set up to have the best success.
Should you choose to make a trip down to Southern BC, this is what we recommend throwing into the fly box so that you can be fully prepared for whatever the river will throw at you. They are going to be as follows:
- Ants, both cinnamon and black
- October Caddis
We should also add that if you are going after the bulls, the bigger the better! Seems to be that they are on the move and hungrier than ever right now.
*Stream closures introduced on July 29th*
No Fishing: from 14:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs, July 29, 2021 to September 15, 2021, on the following streams and all of their tributaries: Michel Creek (excluding Alexander Creek and its tributaries), Morrissey Creek, Lizard Creek, Coal Creek, Sand Creek and the St. Mary River (from the outlet of St. Mary Lake to its confluence with the Kootenay River), and all streams in MU’s 4-3 to 4-9 (except the main stem of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers).
- Streamers: McClure's Kill Whitey Mottled Tan #1/0, Galloups Dungeon White #2, Dolly Lama Flesh/Tan #2 or #6, CH Sparkle Minnow Smoke #4, Yo Mama's Lama Tan #2 or #4, Doc's Articulator #6, Catch's Skulzilla Olive #4
- Nymphs: Optic Nerve Pheasant Tail #12-16, Purple Prince Nymph #14-16, Dunnigan's Panty Dropper PMD #14 and 16, Tungsten Jig Assassin #12 and 14, Czech Nymph UV #12-16, Dirty Hipster Black #12-16, Evil Weevil Purple #16-18
- Dries: CDC Water Wasp Black #12-18, No Hackle BWO #14-18, Parapoddle #12-16, H&L Variant #12-18, Fat Albert Tan or Black #8-14, Dornan's Micro Water Walker Peanut #14 and 16, Extended Body Green Drakes #10-14, CDC Wasp Black or Cinnamon #14-18, Slickwater October Caddis #10-12