October Fishing Strategies for Rock Creek
Rock Creek, from its headwaters, tends to be a series of riffles, runs, and pools. In October, hatches are limited to afternoon blue winged olive hatches in deep pools and slower runs.
The blue winged olive hatches, which occur almost like clockwork around 1 pm, last for about an hour. Getting on the water well ahead of the hatch is a good idea.
Start the day exploring with nymphs and emergers such as a pheasant tail dropped off an October Caddis. Immediately ahead of the hatch small nymphs and emergers work well.
Once you see rising fish, think small. Hatches in October tend to be all small flies. 18-22 do the trick.
After the hatch, either switch back to nymphs or switch to streamers. Choose flies that offer action such as marabou or rabbit strips.
As the sun dips below the western hills, the temp will drop, the fishing will slow; it’s time to head back to the cabin.