February 20 2022
On Saturday we had extremely high winds along with blowing snow which made for very difficult conditions. We had a few anglers stop in before heading out and they were trying to get a few hours in before conditions got really bad, but we didn't hear back from them at the end of the day. On Sunday we started out in the single digits but the temperature reached into the 30's in the afternoon. The good news is that the temperature is expected to keep improving over the next couple of days with a warming trend. With the warmer temp's we saw a few more anglers on Sunday with most of them heading to the mid to upper section of river. Anglers have been focussing on the normal winter holding areas such as Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Ellis Cove, Trestle Pool, Pineville and Sportsman Pool. With the slush ice clearing in the lower end of the river I'm sure a few anglers will focuss on the Town pool, Longbridge/Staircase, Black Hole and the DSR. Anglers who are fly fishing have had the most success dead drifting or indicator fishing with nymphs or egg patterns. Depending on the day and section of river, anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing have had the most success with pink and blue egg sacs, beads or pink worms.
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.