Karen and I do not usually fish too close to the road. Today we did because we needed to get back to our camp in a timely fashion! We knew the trout have seen a lot of flies of all descriptions so what was our strategy! Small nymphs and tiny dries were the answer. We had to nymph way more than we expected. We had an excellent morning. Our "go to" flies did not work. There was no hatches and we definitely had a lot of refusals.
The bummer of the day was the number of beer cans that were lying along the river. Some with bullet holes in them. Picking up someone else's garbage is disgusting but it seems to be a norm these days. I do not understand the lack of appreciation of some of our special fisheries.
By the time we got back to near our truck, we saw 6 fly fishers in a hole we had fished. That is ridiculous but that is the amount of fishing pressure we often see in the summer. Karen and I for the most part put our fishing rods away during the weekend. We do understand that is the only time many can fish! We understand that.
In a few days we are off to the backcountry in Banff National Park. The fishing pressure there will be way less!