Rush River 6.18.16

Aric, my dad, and I fished the Rush this morning from about 8:00 to noon. The stream was a little high and had a slight stain — perfect fishing conditions. I fished a hippie stomper with a Frenchie nymph two feet below and caught around 20, with the biggest around 13″. I had my best success in shaded areas adjacent to deeper pools, especially as it got later in the day. I’d cast near the bank in slower water and just wait for the hippie to sink and set the hook; it reminded me of fishing for bluegills with a bobber. I did catch three or four on the hippie and had quite a few come to the surface to investigate. There was sporadic rising throughout the morning to caddis.

This fatty was one of Aric's bigger fish of the day.
This fatty was one of Aric’s bigger fish of the day.

Aric and my dad fished with nymphs (pheasant tail with a zebra midge dropper) and caught about ten each in the riffles, with Aric’s biggest near 13″ as well.

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Another nice fish for Aric.
Another nice fish for Aric.
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Rush River 6.8.16

Aric fished the Rush this evening from about 5:30 to 9:00. He nymphed the entire time with a size 18 pheasant tail and size 20 zebra midge. He had one of his best outings of the year with multiple fish over 15 inches and about 20 fish total. He said all the bigger fish took the pheasant tail. With the warmer weather, fishing has definitely been more productive early and late during the cooler periods of the day.

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Rush River 6.3.16

Aric and I fished the Rush this morning from about 7:45 to 10:30. We both had luck with pheasant tails and zebra midges, catching around a dozen fish each. Aric had the big fish of the day with one around 13″. Fish seemed to be holding mostly in shallow riffles at the heads of runs. The fishing seemed to slow down a bit as it got later in the morning. There was a decent hatch of what I believe were march browns, and fish were rising sporadically to them.

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Rush River 5.30.16

I introduced my cousin Angy and her boyfriend Reed to fly fishing on the Rush for a couple hours tonight. We began the outing nymphing, but after seeing a few rises I tied on Bread and Butter Caddis on one of the rods. Angy quickly caught a couple small browns.

Angy's first fish on a fly.
Angy’s first fish on a fly.

Reed eventually got on the board with this nice brookie

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This was one of the darkest red brookies I have seen.

Angy ended up catching five browns and one brookie on the caddis dry, while Reed was able to bring just that one to hand on a caddis larva. I was able to pick off seven myself, including one around 13″.

We saw a few caddis flying around and many sulphurs came off as it got later in the evening.

Aric fished by himself and caught 20 fish total, including several over 12″. He was nymphing with a pheasant tail and zebra midge. Here is one fish he caught when we ran into him.

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With the weather cooling down a bit over the next couple days, we should have some great fishing this week!

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Rush River 5.21.16

We fished the Rush last night from about 5:00 to 9:00. Low and clear water along with a hot a sunny day made for slow fishing for the first couple hours. I was only able to pull two fish out of the first couple runs while Aric was still fishless. As the sun began to set the fishing started picking up. We ended up with around 15 fish between us, with almost all of them caught after 7:30. There was some rising later in the evening as well, and I was able to bring two to hand on a size 20 BWO Sparkle Dun after they refused my caddis. The rest of the fish were caught on pheasant tails and zebra midges. Most of the fish caught on nymphs were in riffles less than 18″ deep.

Aric with one of the better fish of the evening.
Aric with one of the better fish of the evening.

One of the better fish caught yesterday.

Looks like we’re going to get a good soaking this week, which should help the fishing conditions as we head into June.

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Rush River 5.10.16

I hit the Rush for a short outing this evening from about 5:00 to 6:30. I ended up with around a dozen fish to hand and many more long distance releases on a Euro Pheasant Tail and Zebra Midge rig, with a pretty even split between each fly. I also had what would have been my first double on for a short time before getting broken off. There were lots of midges out and the birds were going crazy eating them, but only sporadic rising.

Also, I was finally able to test out the new 9′ 5 wt from Limit Creek, and I was very impressed. It’s definitely the ultimate nymphing stick! The extra length is great for mending and high-sticking, and the action and feel of the rod was excellent. Last year the 8′-6″ 5 wt took 7th out of 30 rods in the Yellowstone Angler 5 wt Shootout, and I can only imagine the 9-footer getting even better reviews. If anyone is looking for a great rod at a great price, I’d highly recommend it!

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Aric also fished the Lower Kinni from about 7:30 to 9:00 pm. He caught nine fish total, with two around 11″ between a Euro Pheasant Tail, a Pink Squirrel, and a Caddis Larva. He didn’t notice many caddis flying around, but saw quite a few fish rising to midges. Definitely a good night of fishing for both of us.

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Rush River 5.3.16

My friend Eddie Rivard and I originally planned on exploring another area stream, but after realizing we wouldn’t be able to fish it all before dark, opted to hit a stretch on the Rush neither of us had fished. I fished with my trusted Euro Pheasant Tail and Zebra Midge rig, and on my second cast of the day, caught this nice 13″ brown.

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We slowly made our way upstream and I picked off a couple fish in every run. Eddie was using streamers and caught this little guy on a conehead Muddler Minnow.

We didn’t leave ourselves quite enough time to fish the whole stretch, and only fished about half of it before dark. I ended up with around a dozen browns and one sucker. Eddie caught two browns himself. Not a bad evening!

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Rush River 4.30.16

I was able to take friends Mike, Jason, and Jeff Steers out on the Rush today from about 10-4. They are just getting into fly fishing so I was happy to show them the ropes. Stream conditions had improved since last night, with water levels improving slightly and visibility around 2.5 feet.

Jeff got the day started with this beast of a sucker, easily the biggest I’ve seen caught on the Rush.

The first fish of the day. We were pretty excited to see the rod bend until we realized it was a sucker.
The first fish of the day. We were pretty excited to see the rod bend until we realized it was a sucker.

While I was demonstrating how to get a drag-free drift, I was able to catch two browns around 12-13 inches. Here is the bigger of the two.

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Jason got on the board with this nice little brookie.

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We kept working our way up the stream and picked off a couple fish in every run. Jason found a good seam in which he and Mike hooked into a couple fish. Here is Jason with his best of the day.

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Jason helped Mike with the net job on his fish.

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It was a team effort, so Jason got in the hero shot.

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By the end of the day we had probably 30 fish to hand, with many more missed. Fish were caught on Euro Pheasant Tails, Pink Squirrels, Caddis Larva, Prince Nymphs, Frenchies, Ice Dub Pheasant Tails, Zebra Midges in black and olive, and WD-40s. We had a pretty good BWO hatch around 2:00, and Jason and I threw size 20 BWO dries for a little while, with each of us bringing one brookie to hand while missing a couple more.

Overall a great day on the water and a great opportunity to introduce the guys to fly fishing the Driftless Area!

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Rush River 4.29.16

I decided to check out the Rush this evening after yesterday’s showers, and was greeted with high and stained, but definitely fishable, water. The clarity was about 1.5 feet. I thought it would be a great time to fish streamers, but after getting skunked on the first two or three runs, I opted to go with nymphs. My streamer skills yet again let me down.

With the off-color water, I went with a brown San Juan worm and a size 16 pink squirrel. I soon had a couple small browns and brookies to hand. I moved on to the next run, and on the first cast saw my indicator plunge underwater. The fish stayed deep, but eventually showed himself, and after a few swipes of the net, I finally landed him — a new personal best on the Rush at 18″ (unofficially — I still need to measure the rod).

My new personal best Rush fish.
My new personal best Rush fish.
Hopefully I'll see him again someday.
Hopefully I’ll see him again someday.

I was able to pick off a few more fish on the next couple runs and had another nice one break me off before calling it a day. If anyone catches a fish carrying a San Juan worm and pink squirrel on the Rush, please send pics!

I ended up fishing from about 4:45 to 7:15, with about 5-7 fish to hand, with all but one on the pink squirrel. It was actually my first time using the squirrel this year; it’s good to know I can always fall back to that legendary Driftless fly. A few dinks rose sporadically throughout the evening, and there were caddis, BWOs, and midges in the air. If the water clears up it could make for some excellent dry fly fishing this weekend!

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