Getting to be prime time here as well. The spawn is on. The browns are staging up and pulling streamers here can be way fun on the right day. Lots of school sized rainbows have also moved up from Crowley and the Monument section is fishing well for numbers while nymphing. Remember that the UO is closed from the Benton Bridge downstream to the Monument now. Basically the entire campground area is closed- then downstream past the chalk bluffs about five football fields until you see a big rock pile with DFG regs on it near the fence line (this is the infamous monument). You may also fish upstream from the bridge & if you gently toss them back and use totally barbless hooks you will have no problems with the fish cops all year long. This section remains open all year long. Nymphing with flashback PT's, tiger & zebra midges, crystal & dubbed caddis larva & emerger patterns, broken back midges, San Juan Worms #14-20. Look for some trico and bwo action nowadays #18-22. I love to fish the smaller adult mayflies this time of year especially on the cloudy/overcast days. Dry/dry- dry/dropper bead head combos also work great now. Use a Stimulator or Sofa Pillow for your dry, hang the dropper 2-4 feet below.
We are doing snowmobile trips here this winter and this has proved to be a total riot. The big rainbows migrate up from Crowley & hold in the hard to reach upper sections after the snow falls. Check out our Snowmobile video link on the web please http://www.sierradrifters.com/fish.htm December/January are the best to book. Say you want to sled for "snow-bows".
Fishing conditions and Hatches: Poor to Fair. Well kids, it looks like the party is over for the next few days as the Daphnia has pretty much shut down the fishing. I've had my suspicions it was coming on for about a week as it was pretty low probabilty so many of those planted fish would leave perfect temperature water and depart the north end, but I didn't want to say the "D word" until I confirmed......