Water Conditions: Fair-Good
Flows are at 99.6 cfs as of 1/20
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 two.
Well we got the warming, the flows are up a little and things appear to be picking up. 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. For whatever reason the fish seem to be moving around so do not spend to much time on a given spot and key on the riffles and drop offs. Those nice deep holes are pretty much empty.
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