Whenever I fish the KLG, I wade in a little and flip over rocks to see what's happening in the river. I've had luck with a size 14/16 beadhead prince nymph.
i did not have a stream thermometer with me today, but the water still seemed pretty cool to the touch, the reading on Shannon's page said about 58, we could use some rain to get the river up and moving again, saturday's forecast seems to be cooler air temps, mid 70's, the fish were active today.With the water in the SBR being so low, and the air temperatures being 80 degrees F, has anyone taken the water temperature. It must be getting close to 70 mid afternoon, of not higher. It stinks that we have to think about that so early in the season, but that may become an issue the next few days for the trout.
So you are finding size 14/16 beadhead prince nymphs on the rocks? :fish:
That fly works great in that river.
none came to hand, the hit these fish put on is very subtle, they take my nymph i set the hook, they are on for a bit then seem to slide right off
Fished the gorge this morning from 7 to 1 or so. Started off with a hares ear and small olive rs2. Got an 18 inch brown on the hares ear. Eventually put on a size 18 higa sos. Fish seemed to really like the higa and I landed 15 or so stockies in the time I was there. At one I hooked a brown that was substantially larger than the 22 inch I landed and posted photos of last week. It got me into my back and ran downstream into a log jam and snapped me off.
In having hooked a few 20 plus inch fish this season at the gorge I have come to realize something. None of these fish were found in pools such as the trestle or the pool with the steep ledge by the lower parking lot. All of these larger fish were found in shallower harder to reach water. The b and c water seems to hold larger fish while the a water holds fresh stockies. Obviously there are exceptions to this but this seems to be the general trend for me.
Size 16 and 18 black caddis were also everywhere today but I did not see any rises.
I will be there again tomorrow morning, I drive the silver two door bmw and will give anyone some higa sos if they want one.
It's awesome to read about giant fish in the KLG without worrying some spin angler will be there tomorrow to impale it on his stringer. In short time, 20" trout will not be at all uncommon during a day's outing in the Gorge. Call me a FFing snob, I don't care. We need some water where the trout can grow large without being tomato plant food after sitting in someone's freezer a few months.
The state needs to ban treble hooks for this to work. I would see the whole stretch barbless.
If any one is heading out anytime soon, shoot me a PM I would love to get some first hand info on this stream. Usually I need 2 day notice to juggle my schedule around.
With the water in the SBR being so low, and the air temperatures being 80 degrees F, has anyone taken the water temperature. It must be getting close to 70 mid afternoon, of not higher. It stinks that we have to think about that so early in the season, but that may become an issue the next few days for the trout.
The problem is that Cannonsville is not releasing water. Once Cannonsville opens the gates, the SBR will raise to acceptable levels and of course cool off.
Once this happens, I'll take the first 3 people to respond on a float starting behind the old general store in Long Valley all the way down to the end of the Gorge. Deal?
I hear there are some large native rainbow trout in that area that will make for good smokin'.......