It's been a good week of fishing since my last report, and though the mornings are getting really cold, the rest of the day has still been reaching the 70s and even 80s, so dry fly fishing with big bugs like hoppers and ants is still a viable option.
If you decide to head out first thing in the morning, your best bet is to stick with nymph patterns like Princes and orange serendipities. I recommend doing a big nymph with a smaller one trailing 1.5 feet behind it to improve your odds. Streamers in the morning can be very good as well, especially black wooly buggers or leech patterns.
In the late morning and early afternoon, it's time to switch over to some dry flies. Grasshopper patterns have been effective lately, as are black ants. Behind these, I'd trail either a small nymph or a small dry like a crippled emerger or a smaller ant pattern. There are lots of different stimulator patterns that are working well at this time of day too, though keep them a little on the smaller side. While several different colors are working, I recommend sticking to yellow, orange or olive.
From late afternoon to the evening, you can switch to smaller dry flies. Purple Hazes are the most consistent pattern, but mahoganies, Adams, and even PMD/Trico patterns work well at this point too. We're also starting to see more and more October Caddis, so have something big and orange ready at this time of day too. If you stay out late, I'd also recommend switching back to streamers as you approach dusk, because that can sometimes draw out some of the bigger fish.
However you approach it, there is good fishing to be had on Rock Creek, so come on up! More soon.
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