Pure end of season chaos here in Ennis as we move through fall. Rifle season opens this weekend and we've been spending some overdue personal time on the water. Wind has been a huge factor over the last week or more. It seems likely every day is howling! Up river has been a great option because of that, but many anglers are fishing near town with great success. BWO are out in good numbers when it is calm and cloudy. Streamers continue to turn the big ones if you can get it down and fish it with a natural presentation. If you cover some ground you can find plenty of fish stacked up in certain buckets that are willing to eat all sorts of nymphs.
Natural sculpin patterns are crushing fish right now. Sculpzillas, zonkers, sheila, trevor. It's all been working. Standard buggers have been dynamite in all black and all olive. Follow it with a shiny nymph for the best success. Consider drifting them under an indicator in the deep stuff. Big fish are sitting in the riffles as well. Articulated stuff is a great way to go!
Girdle bugs are back in the game. Olive has been a winner. All the standard fish catchers are working as well - princes, lightning bugs, hare's ear, midges, etc. Worms have been a popular choice as well. Eggs have been productive and should only fish better as we get closer to winter.
Small parachute adams, BWOs and midges in the #16-22 range have been getting it done. Look for the cloudy days to throw the dries on your 4 weight.
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