San Miguel (250 cfs below Placerville): We're in our favorite phase of summer. Water is falling and clearing, but the river is imminently fishable in virtually every section. Insects are hatching in unmatched variety: golden stoneflies, our nameless size #12 olive stonefly (looks like a small Skwala), yellow sally stoneflies, PMD mayflies, callibaetis and every manner of caddis. It's dry dropper time. Lead with a large downwing dry fly, like an X pattern, Bugmeister, Stimmy or Chubby Chernobyl. Effective droppers run the gammut from a s#10 Pat's Rubber Leg Stone to a size #18 Mayhem, but especially the mid-size patterns such as the Tungsten Sally, Guide's Choice Hare's Ear, PT Soft Hackle and various caddis emergers.
Its that time! A little high but will drop quickly. Dry droppers all day homie!
Nymphs: Bitch creek nymph, Pats Rubber Legs, Copper Johns, Pheasant Tails, Hares Ear, and Prince Nymphs, Two Bit Hooker.
Attractor dries: Small Chubbies 14-16, Wulffs, H&L Variant, Elk Hair Caddis.
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Happening Now: Waters are down and clear. We are still on the last bit of runoff so the water is still full to the banks but fish are looking to feed. the banks are overgrown and moving around is tough but the fish are still hold up in the deeper pools so if you find one there are more in there.
Most Productive:Dry Droppers are the way to go. Fish are feeding heavy on the nymphs but will take a dry here and there. Chubby Chernobyl's and tung pheasant tails.