January 30 2022
Saturday was a bitter cold day with the temperature struggling to reach into the single digits and below zero with the wind chill factor. The last couple of nights the temperature has been going well below zero, but the good news is that a warming trend is expected as we head into the upcoming week. It's been a while since we had temperatures above freezing so this will give anglers a good opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy the conditions instead of being in survival mode. We didn't speak with many anglers over the weekend, combined with the cold temp's and the coastal storm, just not much traffic, but the few we did speak with reported having the most action on Friday before it got really cold. With the temperature in the single digits slush ice has been a factor in the lower end of the river and has not cleared, so the few anglers who have been fishing are focussing on the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. As the upcoming temperatures improve this will help with clearing the slush ice in the lower end of the river.
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.