In case you haven't heard....
This past week, ODFW lifted the bag limit on Chickahominy. This is in effect until October 10. According to the news release, the reservoir is less than 10% full, with the deepest portion only 6 feet deep. Driving by this past Thursday, it appears many are trying to take advantage of the current scenario, with over a dozen RV's at the site.
I'm hearing that Krumbo is still fishing a bit slow, however, recent winds have hampered attempts.
The Blitzen is seeing 30-50 cfs swings each day, but well within the levels I feel are good fishing conditions. Other local streams, not effected by runoff, are starting to fish well. Until hatches start with regularity, bead head Hare's Ears seem to be the most effecting pattern.
Fished Chickahominy mid-morning yesterday to be able to get a real fishing report posted. Parked at Access Point A and walked out to the water's edge....then out another 100 yards or so to find water which was nearing knee deep. I would say that the visibility was 2 inches, however, that may be a bit generous. Or a lot generous. Half-heartedly, I made a cast, launching the ol' standard brown Woolly Bugger, and began the slow strips. I figured I'd give it 20-30 minutes, but the poor visibility had me thinking 5 min may be sufficient! However, on cast #3 the line came tight, and it wasn't weeds. A strong fish was landed after a couple of minutes, a bright, red-stripped beauty which measured a true 20" according to the mark on my fly rod. Decided to give it another 40 minutes. I saw one fish roll, bait anglers leave, and the breeze pick up. Not another bump. So....I know there are at least 2 fish in there. May try it again in a week or so. Not sure it'll clear up a whole lot. I will warn those wading to beware that there are some soft spots, and sinking in above the ankles and having boots stuck when fishing solo a couple hundred feet from the shoreline when no one is around gives an ominous feeling for a bit. But seeing that the water has already dropped about 3-4" in the past couple of weeks, I didn't think I"d be stuck there much more than a month or two at the most....