Water Conditions: Good
Flows are at 109 cfs as of 12/17
Water temperatures are dropping fast.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good
OKAY IT'S TIME TO CLIMB UP ON THE SOAPBOX: DFG is no longer stocking fall spawning rainbows. Every fish laid in the dead grass, carried away from the water, held with a towel or squeezed is another fish that won't be spawning.
The fishing pressure has been heavy, especially on the weekends so the fish are getting well educated so you better get the drift and the pattern right. DWP is still running water through the tunnel. The fishing has been very inconsistent, one day good and the next day leaves you wondering where they all went. Hatches are still weak, midges being the dominate bug. Outside of the midges there is a scattering of small mayflies( #20-22)midday but they are very inconsistent. If you're into dry fly fishing look for any backwater, some of them will hold big fish feeding on the surface, but most of the rising fish are on the smaller side. Don't forget that the BWO spinnerfall is also midday so if you are not getting takes try a spinner pattern. Remember we're getting into that time of year when more and more lake fish are moving in so don't be afraid to throw some bigger midges ( #12-16) and perch patterns. If you want a real challenge forget the lake fish and key on the 6"-15" fish, prepare to be humbled.
DRIES: Stimulator #12-16 | Griffiths Gnat #20-24 | EC Caddis #16-18 | Parachute Extended Body BWO #20-22 |Elk Hair Caddis #20
NYMPHS: Zebra Midge #16-22 | Prince Nymph #12-16 | Copper John #14-16 |Tungsten Jig Baetis #18-20 | Harrop's Surface Emerger #20 | Barr's Flashback Emerger #20-22 | Juju Baetis #20-22 | S&M Nymph #20-22 | V-Rib Midge #12-16 | Olive Hot Spot Jig #18