We have had some unusually cool weather, snow both in the mountains and up in Calgary.It reminds us of two things ,this is the northern Rockies so if you like the weather wait five minutes and Winter is just around the corner.Despite the cooler temperatures the overcast days are perfect for numerous Mayfly hatches.My last days of my Fly-Fishing Season where exactly that.The Bugs showed up and the trout co-operated reminding us all that Fall is about good fishing times, cool days and epic hatches.
My guide season started on The Missouri River In late May, the P.M.D’s where just starting and the Blue Winged Olives where slowing down.The days would start off with fish eating P.M.D. Emergers then as that hatch slowed down the Olives would start to hatch ,frustrating as they where all size 20,but a very small Pheasant Tail hung underneath a #16 Purple Haze got it done.On my last trip of the season it was the opposite,the Southern Alberta River we floated has epic P.M.D. Hatches,despite the weather that rolled in it did not hinder the hatch.
The day was perfect,although there were not a lot of surface feeding fish,they were feeding heavily on P.M.D. Nymphs consequesntly they were all over the Pheasant tail that as hung 24 inches under a Chubby Chernobyl -some fish ate that also. It was great way to end my Fly-Fishing Season in Alberta and B.C.,my fingers are crossed for more of the same for next year ..less the snow.