Meanwhile, water clarity is steadily improving and weed growth is continuing to die back. These changes make autumn a particularly dynamic season: some places which were unfishbable a week ago are now rocketing to the top of the charts. As a guide, it can be a bit hard to keep up, although it’s fun trying!
To the trout activity, and after our best-ever mayfly autumn and spring last year, 2022 is (so far) lagging behind. Not to say there hasn’t been some great mayfly fishing on the right days and in the right places, but the consistency of 2021 is missing. On the other hand, the smelting has been about as good as it gets. Although smelters are hard to catch, very few of our guests have complained of boredom while casting to big trout smashing baitfish for literally hours on end. At some point soon, we expect the smelter activity will reduce, and the mayfly activity will ramp up… but as with all predictions (especially fishing ones) that is of course no more than an educated guess.
After going missing on many waters in 2021, midge seem to be making a comeback, while mudeye fishing has been about on par. In any case, as the pics show, the trout on most lakes are big and fat, and have clearly been finding plenty to eat. It’s going to be very interesting to see what turns up in the months ahead.