February 03 2022
Wednesday turned out to be the pick day of the week, it was another mild day with a mix of sun and clouds and the temperature reached 40 degrees. The mild conditions we very much appreictaed and great while it lasted. As of this morning the temperature was still hovering around the freezing mark but is expected to drop throughout the day with the arrival of the winter storm along with 6-12 inhces of snow possible. Yesterday the majority of anglers we spoke with reported having a good day throughout the river. With the mild conditions the slush ice cleared in the lower end of the river and the DSR reported that anglers got into fish. In the upper end of the river, anglers reported having action in the normal winter holding areas such Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire, Ellis Cove, Bovines, Trestle Pool and Pineville. Anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with nymphs or indicator fishing with egg patterns. Anglers who were bottom bouncing or float fishing have been having the most success with pink and blue egg sacs, beads or pink worms.
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.