February 16 2022
A high pressure system has moved in and temperatures are on the rise bringing us mild conditions over the next couple days. Along with the mild weather conditions we will have to deal with windy conditions and possible rain on Thursday. In the upper end of the river anglers have been getting in fish in the normal winter holding areas such as Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Ellis Cove, Bovines, Trestle Pool, Pineville and Sportsman Pool. With the temperatures warming up the slush ice will clear in the lower end of the river giving anglers the opportunity to fish some less pressured water such RT2A, Town Pool, Longbrdige/Staircase, Black Hole and the DSR. As of recently anglers who were fly fishing are having the most success dead drifting with nymphs and indicator fishing with egg patterns. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs, beads or pink worms 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: 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.