Weekend Hot List 06.28.12


Written by: Phil Monahan

Peter Kutzer with a nice striper.

Striper fishing is hot off both Cape Cod and the southern shore of Long Island

photo Courtesy Pete Kutzer

The Orvis Fishing Reports and Conditions pages offer up-to-date reports, including stream and river flows, tides, recommended flies and equipment, and special fishing tips. At any given time, those waters that offer the very best fishing become part of the “Red Hot” list. To ensure that those making the reports aren’t exaggerating the quality of their local fishing, each reporter is allowed only four red hots per year per location, so they only rank their spot “Red Hot” when it’s truly outstanding.

Here’s a list of those waters that offer the best fishing for the weekend. Keep in mind, of course, that conditions and flows can change quickly, so always check with your local fly shop before you hit the water.

1. North Yuba River, California

Evening is the best time to fish, especially in the stretch  between Downieville and Sierra City, according to the folks at Sierra Streamside Cabins. Productive patterns include Stimulators, Blue-winged Olives, and Golden Stoneflies.


2. Boulder Creek, Colorado

Rain in the area should quell wildfire fears, and the report from Sunrise Anglers says dry-fly fishing has been good. Try a Brown Stone, Little Yellow Stone, caddis, midges, or Baetis pattern.

3. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Sunrise Anglers says that RMNP is “dry-fly heaven,” but again wildfires may be a problem. You can also try nymphing in deep holes. Good flies to try include midges, Blue-winged Olives, Black Stoneflies, caddis patterns, and Pale Morning Duns.


4. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Capt. Tony Biski announces, in no uncertain terms, that Fishing is RED HOT on the monomoy flats and the rips off Monomoy. He suggests large squid flies on a sinking line, along with Gurglers on a floating line in the rips. On the flats, try small clousers and crab flies. Biski says that he hasn’t seen so many fish on the flats in years.

5. Boardman River, Michigan

Streamside Michigan reports that hatches from Forks to Sheck’s Campground will include dorotheas, Isonychia bicolor, brown and gray drakes, and the start of Hexagenia limbata. Fishing is good from the Forks to Shumsky. Best times are from 7:30-11pm.

6. Upper Manistee River, Michigan

Sulfurs are coming off from 7:30-8:30, and both Isonychia bicolor and brown drakes precede the Hex hatch, says the report from  Streamside Michigan. Warm night temperatures have brought both early (10 p.m.) and later (1 a.m.) hex spinnerfalls.

7. Long Island South Shore, New York

Stripers are flooding into back water bays and estuaries, and sight fishing is peaking, according to Capt. Barry K.

8. Lake Texoma, Texas

The topwater blitz is underway and providing some very exciting topwater fishing, says Orvis-endorsed guide Steve Hollensed. The fishing is strong all day long, as well.

Reminder: For up-to-date fishing reports on your mobile device, don’t forget about the Orvis Fly-Fishing App.

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