February 14 2022
The cold weather has returned with temperatures in the single digits and below zero with the wind chill factor. The good news is that once we get this cold snap we will be heading into another mid week warming trend. Over the weekend the anglers we spoke with had the most success on Saturday. We started the day with the temperature in the low 40's at sunrise and throughout the day it dropped and was 20 degrees at sunset and still dropping. Sunday was a very cold day so most of the anglers we spoke with were just going to head home early and get ready for the Super Bowl. With the cold temp's slush ice will be a factor in the lower end of the river and the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville is the best choice if your trying to avoid dealing with the slush. The fish have been hanging around the deeper holes and larger runs in the normal winter holding areas such as the 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: Copper John's size 10, Prince nymph size 10, 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.