November 20 2023
On Monday we had cold conditions despite having blue skies with plenty of sunshine. The early morning temperature started out in the 20's and only reached into the mid 30's for the high. In the lower end of the river the fish seem to still be holding in the transition water, while in the mid to upper end of the river some fish are holding in the transition water while others have started moving to the normal winter holding water. Anglers have been getting into fish throughout the river from top to bottom, covering lots of water has been productive and with the increased number of anglers finding some less pressured fish has been another key to success. With the water temperature still near 40 degrees a variety of techniques have been productive. For those anglers who are fly fishing, dead drifting or indicator fishing with egg patterns as well as swinging streamers with sinking leaders have all produced results. For those anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing with spinning gear, pink, blue and chart egg sacs as well as beads have all produced results.
Egg patterns: Estaz eggs in chart, blue, purple, size 10. Glo-bugs in chart, pink, orange, size 10. Sucker spawn in chart, pink, blue, size 6.
Nymphs: Estaz stones in peacock, brown, chart, blue, size 6. Rubber legged stones in size 4.
Streamers: Black or purple egg sucking leeches in size 4. Woolly buggers in black, olive, brow, white, size 4. Fish skull zonkers in black, white, olive size 4.