The ground hog has made his decision, and that means six more weeks of winter are ahead of us. Thankfully the weather for the end of this week, and into the next looks rather promising. The temperatures have been quite cold here this past week, as we have seen temperatures dip all the way down into the negative twenty’s. The good news is that the forecast for next week has temperatures predicted to reach into the high 30s, and into the low 40s. With this cold snap fishing has managed to remain surprisingly consistent. Nymph fishing has been the go to method, and has been producing fish rather well. Many anglers have come well prepared for these freezing temperatures, and have managed to have great success.
Nymph fishing has managed to produce fish, as it always does. Many of our go to patterns have been the Ray Charles in both pink, grey, and natural colors with small midge patterns trailing behind. Midge patterns such as zebras, red midge larva, and the rootbeer midge have been working quite well. Water temperatures still remain cold, and fish are still concentrated in deeper pools where they can use the least amount of energy to feed. As we have said before in recent reports expect very subtle strikes, and be prepared for the slightest of movements your indicator may have.
Streamers have been turning heads throughout the entire river, which is good news for those die hard streamer junkies. Patterns such as zonkers, lead eye buggers, and articulated patterns in a variety of different colors have been working great. Many of our go to colors such as white, ginger, black and natural have been effective. Having a mixture of colors has been successful for many anglers as well. Combinations such as black/red, and yellow/brown have been catching the attention of many fish. When throwing streamers do the best you can by mixing up your strip speeds. Slow and fast retrievals have been the key to catching fish throughout the different times of the day.
As for dry flies anglers can still expect to see a decent number of midges along the surface. Wind and freezing temperatures have played an important roll on whether we see bugs hatching on the surface or not. After speaking to a few anglers and some guides this past week, there has been a slight number of baetis to be seen on the water, with midges still being the dominant hatch. Patterns such as the Griffiths Gnat, CDC Transitional midge, and small parachute adams have been effective, especially when the wind and freezing temperatures are not a factor.
Flies to Consider
Nymphs:Firebead Soft hackle Rays (Grey, Pink, Natural 14,16), small blood worm or annelid patterns (16-20), Black Beauty emergers (18-20), Zebra Midge (18-20), Red Midge Larva (18-20), RS2 (grey, black 18-20), Soft hackle sowbugs (Pink 14-18)
Streamers: BA Zonker (white, olive), Sparkle Minnow Sculpin (6), Squidly, Zonkers (white, natural), Clouser (6), standard wooly bugger(4-6)
Dries: Smokejumper Midge (20-22), Micro Wulff Cripple (18-20), CDC Transitional Midge (20), Twilight Midge (18-20), Smokejumper BWO (20-22), Parachute Adams (18-22, even 24 if you dare)
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