We hope that everyone had a great new years and are as ready for the 2014 season as we are. As we look ahead on the weather forecast for the next week we are expected to receive some fantastic weather. Temperatures are expected to reach into the high 40’s and the low 50’s, although wind has been a constant factor in whether or not you will see good numbers of fish on the surface. Hatches have been consisting of mainly Midges and Baetis, which Baetis are starting to slump off a bit and getting quite small. Many of these fish can be found in skinny water, so be sneaky and focus on making a great presentation when considering dry fly fishing.
As we have mentioned in recent reports it is important to know where the fish are this time of year, as they are now concentrated in deeper, slower runs. Fish tend to move into these deep pools to expend the least amount of energy as water temps drop. One tip to remember is to focus on dead water “frog water”, as there can be a surprising amount of fish stacked up in them.
We have seen some very cold temps this winter and the grass is starting to finally break free making for some challenging drifts, most notably streamer fishing. If you can fight it, there are plenty of fish willing to eat.
Top Winter Patterns:
NYMPHS – Firebead Soft hackle Rays (Grey, Pink 14,16), small blood worm or annelid patterns (16-20), Black Beauty emergers (18-20), RS2 (grey, black 18-20), Soft hackle sowbugs (Pink 14-18)
DRIES – Smokejumper Midge (20-22), Micro Wulff Cripple (18-20), CDC Transitional Midge (20), Twilight Midge (18-20), Smokejumper BWO (20-22)
STREAMERS – BA Zonker (white, olive), Sparkle Minnow Sculpin (6), Squidly, Zonkers (white, natural)
Construction on our new cabins is underway. The cabins should be completed early April and we are accepting reservations NOW from April 15 on. They are booking quick, so please call if you would like to reserve some dates for the 2014 season!
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