February 01 2022
Now that January is behind us it's no surprise that we finished the month with below average temperatures. It was a long cold month but moving forward were off to a good start with a warming trend over the next couple of days. On Monday we had plenty of sunshine and the temperature reached near 30 degrees in the afternoon. Slush ice was a factor in the lower end of the river, so the anglers we spoke with fished the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. With the current water conditions the fish have been holding in the normal winter holding areas such as the Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Ellis Cove, Bovines, Trestle Pool and Pineville. Anglers who were fly fishing had success dead drifting with nymphs or indicator fishing with egg patterns. For those anglers who were bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs or 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.