April 12 2022
On Monday we started out cold but with blue skies and plenty of sunshine the temperature reached into the mid 60's in the afternoon. The warming trend is expected to continue as we head through the remainder of the week. Yesterday the majority of anglers we spoke with reported getting into drop backs throughout the river as well as some of the smaller local tributaries. Anglers reported having action in and around the gravel areas of the river along with the head and tailout of the larger holes and deeper runs. Anglers who are fly fishing have been having the most success swinging or dead drifting with woolly buggers, leeches and zonkers. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink, blue or chart egg sacs, pink worms or beads 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.