January 24 2023
On Monday we had cloudy conditions with the temperature reaching into the mid 30's. Last night the release at the dam was lowered to 1000cfs and as of early this morning Pineville gauge was reading 1360cfs. We only have a little snow on the ground right now but lake effect is in the forecast over the next couple of days. Yesterday was a quiet day on the river and we only spoke with a few anglers who reported having some action in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. We currently have fish spread out in the river from top to bottom with a mix of fresh fish entering the river and fish holding in the normal winter areas. The upper and lower end of the river has been getting the most fishing pressure on a daily basis, if your willing to walk and looking for some solitude the mid section of river would be a good choice. Anglers who are fly fishing have been having the most success dead drifting with nymphs and small streamers or indicator fishing with egg patterns. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs, beads, marabou jigs and pink worms have all produced results.
Nymphs; Steelhead Hammer, Prince nymphs, Rubber legged stones, Beadhead stones, Pheasant tails.
Eggs; Sucker spawn, Estaz eggs, Steelie Omelette, Glo-bugs, Steak-n-eggs.
Streamers; Woolly buggers, Rusher nymphs, Egg sucking leeches, Zonkers, Stonefly bugg