February 20 2023
Over the weekend we had a steady flow of anglers who came up to take advantage of the conditions. Some came up for the drop in water level, on Saturday the dam release was lowered to 750cfs, some came up for the nice weather, on Sunday the temperature reached into the upper 40's, while others came up for the holiday weekend because they had Monday off for President's Day. We continue to have good weather with above average temperatures for this time of year, as of early this morning the temperature was already in the mid 30's and expected to reach into the 40's again. The upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville 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 in the lower end of the river who are having the most success have been covering lots of water. For those anglers who are fly fishing, dead drifting with nymphs or small streamers and egg patterns under a strike indicator has produced the best results. For those anglers who were bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs, trout beads, pink worms and marabou jigs have all produced results depending on the day.
Nymphs; Steelhead Hammer, Rusher nymphs, Prince nymphs, Rubber legged stones, Beadhead stones, Pheasant tails.
Eggs; Sucker spawn, Estaz eggs, Steelie Omelette, Glo-bugs, Steak-n-eggs.
Streamers; Woolly buggers, Conehead muddlers, Egg sucking leeches, Zonkers, Stonefly buggers.