February 06 2022
Over the weekend we had really cold temperatures once again. On Saturday despite the sunny conditions, the temperature struggled to get out of the single digits and was below zero with the wind chill factor. Sunday morning the temperature was in the single digits but with plenty of sunshine the temperature is expected to reach into the mid 20's in the afternoon. The good news is that another warming trend is expected over the next several days with the temperature reaching into the 30's. After the recent snow the majority of public access parking lots have been cleared. With the current water level the fish have been holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs. Anglers have been getting into fish in the normal winter holding areas such as Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Ellis Cove, Bovines, Trestle Pool and Pineville. On days when the temperature is in the single digits and teens, slush ice has been a factor in the lower end of the river. On the days it has gotten warm enough for the slush ice to clear, anglers have been able to get into fish in the Town Pool, Black Hole and DSR. Anglers who are fly fishing have been having the most success dead drifting with nymphs or indicator fishing with egg patterns. Anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing have had the most success with pink and blue egg sacs or beads.
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.