Today and the rest of the weekend look like a good time to go fishing with some warmer temperatures and dropping flows. It's going to be 50' here tomorrow!!! Or if you're planning a trip to somewhere warmer (say bonefish fishing) in the coming weeks, stop by and stock up on the flies and gear you need.
Today's forecast: This morning starts out at 34', but headed for a high of 44'. The skies will be overcast all day with calm winds. Tonight's forecast low will be 34' with some showers/rain, but less than 1/10 of an inch. Tomorrow expect partly sunny conditions with a high near 50'.
Now for the fishing conditions. The river is at 1370 CFS and dropping throughout the day. The water is in good shape if you're going to catch your first fish of 2017. In general, this time of the year you do well to wait until the sun gets on the water for a bit to help warm it up some. We suggest starting later in the morning with some big streamers and search the water. Strip these slowly as the fish are sluggish and not willing to move too far. All colors of streamers are effective at times, so swap out and modify your retrieve if you don't get any takes. Egg patterns dropped behind a big stonefly (8-12) are also very effective this time of the year. Trail the egg about 18" behind the stonefly so it gently rolls through the water.
In addition to the stoneflies mentioned above, we like the following patterns: Hares Ear (12-16), BH Princes (10-16), BH Pheasant Tails (12-18), Rubber Legs (all colors), 20 Incher's (8-16) & Euro Bead Head Princes. Don't forget to try a San Juan or Squirmy Worm too. We recommend a drop rig for maximum effectiveness and use an indicator to make sure you don't miss any takes. Try the AirLock indicators if you haven't already. They are the best!
Since you're reading our river report, please consider purchasing your gear from us. We are happy to have the opportunity to match any deals out there you may come upon. Give us a call first and let us have the first chance. Thanks!
Start thinking about spring and book your guided fishing trips now! The best time to get out in the spring is Late April to Mid May and these dates always fill up fast so don't wait! We want to thank all of you for a great season this year and look forward to providing you with a great fishing experience again in the new year. A BIG THANK YOU from all of our guides!
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