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October 17

     Eat your heart out, Billy Grant!  It's the last fishing report of the year, and all things considered, it's been a very successful one!  Water levels were solid through the entire year, there were no major fires, and the weather was great throughout the fishing season.  Even as I write this in the latter half of October, the temperature is supposed to reach 70 degrees today, which is unseasonably warm for this point in the fall.

     As for fishing, it's definitely best in the afternoons and evenings.  There are lots of mahoganies out, and blue wings will also show up as we move deeper into autumn.  The best fishing, however, is definitely with small nymphs and large streamers.  Articulated streamers like the Circus Peanut are attracting the attention of some of the larger fish, and a nymph tandem of a small and large Prince or a pink San Juan worm is a lethal combination right now.  Keep sticking to these patterns through the rest of the fall, and you'll do great!

     On one last note, I received an e-mail from a fisherman who was fishing up near the Morgan Case Homestead the other day, and he got charged by a moose that lives up in that area.  So if you do go out, be wary about the moose and spots they are likely to habitate; there are several more up here this year than usual.

     To cap off the last report, I thought I'd share some photos that our good friends the Woodwards sent us from their October fishing trip up Rock Creek.  Thanks to everyone who reads these reports and supporting our shop here at the Merc, and we'll fire up the reports again next spring!



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October 7

     The past week has seen some slow fishing in the mornings, but we're still getting some great production in the afternoons and evenings.  For the most part, it's an underwater game with streamer patterns and small nymphs being the best bets.  We've been having some warm days so far this October though, so dry flies like ants, hoppers, October Caddis, and mayflies are still decent options at the right time of day; just keep an eye out for hatches and when they are flying.  I'd use a dark stimmy with a size 16 prince nymph for the afternoon, then switch over to some smaller mayflies or straight up nymphs or streamers during the last light of the evening.  However you go about it, you should be able to get into some decent sized trout!

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October 1

     We have (un)officially reached the season of streamer fishing here on Rock Creek.  Black wooly buggers, articulated streamers like Circus Peanuts, and rainbow and brown trout Wonderbuggers are very solid options this time of year.  I'd either dead drift them or fish them on the swing, and fish them in various places (deep pools, riffles, etc).

     Besides streamers, we are still seeing a lot of small mayflies, though the fish are sometimes picky about coming up for them.  Still, if you see bugs flying, try putting on a small PMD or BWO, or you can use an October Caddis pattern if you see the bugs flying around.  When in doubt, there are a lot of different nymph patterns working well.  My Autumn favorites are olive Copper Johns and double-bead Prince Nymphs.

     The crowds are down for rest of the season, and the pressure on the fish is minimal, so now's the time to come out and potentially land one of the big browns that begin to come up the creek!

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