The South Branch is at historical record lows right now - the mean historical flow rate is around 50 cfs, today it was 16 cfs. Water temperatures are reaching the 80 degree F mark everyday, and we hope the trout are finding refuge over springs and in deeper holes. We also hope anglers are using their better judgement and not fishing. We certainly are not fishing, but Tim Flagler is still looking forward with optimism to the fall fishing and better flows. Here he ties a fall soft hackle pattern designed by the late Nick Nicklas of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, MT, originally for the big fall run trout that swim up the Madison River from Hebgen Lake into the upper river in the park. Tied in the sizes Tim shows here, it's a good fall pattern in the East, too. Tie some up!
Sharpen your hooks and do a rain dance.