Wednesday was a beautiful spring day, the wind was calm, mostly sunny conditions and the temperature reached into the upper 50's. We got mixed reports from anglers, some anglers got into fish, while others just enjoyed a really nice day on the water. The mild temperatures along with wide spread rain is expected for Thursday. With melting snow coming off the Tug Hill and rain in the forecast the release from the dam has been increased which is normal for this time of year. With the higher water conditions the fish should be holding along the softer edges and inside seams. The best action has been in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. The Lower Fly Fishing Area has been producing steady action on a daily basis, but is also getting the most attention. In the mid to lower end of the river anglers who are covering lots of water have been able to get into a few fish as well. 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 are 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, Soft hackles.
Eggs; Sucker spawn, Estaz eggs, Steelie Omelette, Glo-bugs, Steak-n-eggs.
Streamers; Woolly buggers, Conehead muddlers, Egg sucking leeches, Zonkers, Stonefly buggers.