February 04 2022
On Thursday the nicest part of the day was in the morning, the temperature was still in the low 30's, but as the day progressed the temperature dropped once the storm moved in. The snow didn't start until late in the day and during the night we picked up close to a foot of new snow. As of this morning we were done with the heavy snow but left with cleaning up from last night and the temperature was in the teens. The cold temp's are back and expected to remain with us into the weekend, so slush ice will be a factor in the lower end of the river. Generally when you have temperatures in the single digits and teens the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville provides the best opportunity to be slush free. Over the last couple of days when the weather was still mild the anglers we spoke with reported having action in the normal winter holding areas such as Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Ellis Cove, Bovines, Trestle Pool and Pineville.
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.