Water Conditions: Fair-Good
Flows are at 100 cfs as of 1/6
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good
The flows have been stable for a few weeks and if the water temperatures level off or perhaps warm up a little things could pick up. It's not just the water temperature that dictates fish activity. Stability of the water temperatures is critical, once the water temperature stabilizes for a week or so the fish will become active again even if it's only for an hour or 2.
To me one of the downsides of lower flows is that it pushes fish downstream out of the riffles and into the holes. Sadly, between now and the end of January is the slow time, there will be some good days but with a lack of hatches and the cold water it's generally slow.
Midges are around all day but the BWO hatch is just about done but they're still willing to eat them, starting between 11 and 12. Timing of the hatches has become inconsistent and it can vary quite a bit, not only day to day but also a couple of bends away. Surface activity has been very inconsistent but nymphing has been steady.
So far the water has remained clear but keep in mind that after rain or snow melt the river can be dirty below the Petroglyph parking (#9) from Horton Creek. If you're down below and it's dirty just move upstream until you find clean water. The old winter rule applies again, the colder the night before the further upstream you should start.
DRIES: Extended Body BWO #18-22 | Hi-Vis BWO #18-22 | Stillborn Midge #20-22 | Giffith's Gnat #22-24 |CDC Transition midge #20-22
NYMPH: Pheasant Tail #14-18 | Hares Ear #14-18 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Olive Hot Spot Jig #18 | Chamois Caddis #14-18 | Bottom Roller Phsyco Rhyco #10-14 | Juju Baetis #18-22 | Glass Bead Micro May Olive # 20-24 | Gold Bead Epoxy Stone #8-10 |
STREAMERS: Wooly Bugger Olive & Black #10-12 | Mini Sculpin Olive & Black #10-12