The fly shop recommended really small mayfly nymphs about a month ago. I had a little luck at that time on Spillway with a very small caddis larva imitation, but couldn't get very much to bite. I always seem to find them sulky when the weather's warm.
Ages ago my go-to fly patterns which reliably produced in the faster runs of the Spillway were gold bead soft hackle pheasant tails, gold bead soft hackle hares ears, soft hackle red fox squirrels, gold bead green caddis pupa and those same flies worked well at the riffles that break to the left in front of the small rocky island down in Zone 2. Drifting those flies in the faster water doesn't give the trout much time to really eyeball them, instead the trout hit them and set the hook themselves. The strike occurs anywhere from the moment the fly is in the water until it swings upwards toward the end of the drift. That was then. Now? I dunno.
Last Edit: Sept 25, 2021 9:07:08 GMT -6 by Fenwick
Well, rogeremeadows, as an old friend of mine used to say, "Don't feel like the lone ranger". I got a chance to drive over to Beaver's Bend today. I fished Spillway all up and down, por nada! At one point, in a seam/eddy there was a brown rising periodically over and over. There were very small mayflies around. I threw several small dry mayfly imitations at him, sometimes trailed by a little RS2. He'd rise again nearby paying my offering no attention at all. I threw zebra midges. At one point I tied on a couple of soft hackle type things hoping he might take something below the surface. Nope. One of those days, but heck, it still beat working!
Fenwick, how are ya? How's the east coast fly fishing? Crowded at all? Are you casting those Catskill dries to rising brookies? I have to tell you, the modern Spillway Creek is not like the SC of olden times. Much different, all deep, narrow channels and pocket water, huge pools. I've never really figured out how to fish it. Others have done better than I have, I think. Anyway, good to see you here. Take care.
I fished below cardiac last Sunday. Tough. I had 1 bite but it was a 20" bow. Best fish I have caught in a while. I fished all the way up to the dam. I had one more fish flash on a nymph and 1 more on for about 10 seconds.
They must not have stocked for a while. I only saw 5 total fish including what I caught or bit. Slim pickens at best.