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Today's forecast: This morning starts out at 25' and some snow showers, partly sunny skies later today. There is only a dusting of snow up here and the roads up leading up here aren't too bad. Today's forecast high temp is 33'. Northwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Tonight expect a cold one with a low of 12'. Tomorrow has a chance for some more snow, but again on the lighter side. Looks like a nice day to go fishing and enjoy the extra silence the falling snow provides.
Now for the fishing conditions. The river is at 1340 CFS and will continue to drop during the day and weekend. The river is completely clear of ice. The flow is perfect for using spey rods or chucking streamers. As the water continues to drop nymphing will become more productive. 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. Don't forget to get some "ice off paste" for your guides this time of the year as it won't take long to get some build up on your guides this time of the year.
Nymphing is also effective this time of the year. 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! We are working on some great fly tying sessions and workshops for the winter, so check back often.
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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