February 18 2022
On Thursday the temperature reached near 50 degrees along with steady rain and windy conditions. During the night the temperature dropped into the low 20's and as of this morning we were getting lake effect snow. The temperature is expected to be in the teens and with the high winds the wind chill factor makes it feel like single digits. Big difference from yesterday but after we get through the weekend the extended forecast shows another warming trend as we head into next week. Over the last couple of days anglers were able to get out and enjoy some mild weather conditions. In the upper end of the river anglers had the most success between Altmar and Pineville. Anglers have been having action in the normal winter holding areas such as Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Ellis Cove, Trestle Pool, Pineville and Sportsman Pool. Fly fishing have had the most success dead drifting or indicator fishing with nymphs and egg patterns. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs, beads, pink worms and marabou jigs have all produced 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.