January 05 2022
On Tuesday we started the morning with the temperature in the single digits and reached near 30 degrees late in the afternoon. In the lower end of the river slush ice was a factor for most of the day and the few anglers we spoke with who there reported having a slow day. As of this morning we were already warmer then the high yesterday with mild conditions expected for the remainder of the day. The safewaters website is also reporting that the water level will be reduced to 335cfs starting at 9:00AM this morning. Yesterday the few anglers we spoke with fished the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. Anglers have had success in the normal winter holding areas such as the Lower Fly Fishing Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Trestle Pool and Pineville. For those anglers who are fly fishing, dead drifting with nymphs or indicator fishing with egg patterns has proudced the best results. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs and beads have produced the best results.
Streamers: Egg sucking leeches in black or purple, size 8. Beadhead woolly buggers in black, olive, orange, red, size 6. Fishskull zonkers in black, olive, white, grizzly size 8.
Nymphs: Rusher nymphs in blue, purple, chart, pink, size 10. Steelhead hammer in blue, pink, red, black, size 12. Rubber legged stones in black, olive, brown size 8. Rubber legged Kaufman stones in black or golden size 8.
Egg patterns: Steelie omelets in cerise, chart, peach, size 10. Steak-n-eggs in pink, orange, size 10. Estaz eggs in blue, pink, chart, purple, white, size 10. Sucker spawn in oregon cheese, blue, pink, chart, white, size 6.
Monday - Thursday 6:00AM - 6:00PM.
Friday & Saturday 6:00AM - 7:00PM.
Sunday 6:00AM - 6:00PM.