April 14 2022
On Wednesday we had very mild weather conditions with the temperature reaching into the 70's in the afternoon. The above average temperatures are expected to continue for another couple days with cooler conditions for the upcoming holiday weekend. Yesterday the majority of anglers we spoke with reported getting into drop backs throughout the river. We currently have a mix of spawning fish in and around gravel areas as well as fish that have completed the spawning process and are heading back to the lake. Anglers also reported having action in some fo the smaller local tributaries. Anglers who are fly fishing for the drop backs have been having the most success swinging woolly buggers, leeches and zonkers. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink, blue, or chart egg sacs, pink worms and 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.