We had what I would call a perfect storm. The tides were neap meaning at their point in the moon phase with the least variance. This always results in slower fishing. But to be combined with an already high and cold river that was rising most of the week was a guaranteed recipe for hard fishing. No complaints out of this crowd tho. I think most anglers realize that we can't control the conditions, and seeing a few fish lets us know they are there. All we do then is make sure everyone in camp is comfortable, well fed, and our guides strive hard to get them on fish, hence outings like a trip to neighbouring White Bear River where the holding water is much smaller and you have a better chance of finding a holding fish in the hard conditions.
No doubt about it that rising or falling water plays a huge role. We had one day this week when the water plateaued and turned to fall before hard rains drove it up again. And those few hours were when guests stated to hook up and see more fish. Definitely a clear correlation.
We are taking a break now for a couple of weeks! We'll be back in with a group for the last few days of August and early Sept. hoping the water drops back and we get into some great late summer fishing as we have in the past. Stay tuned for that.