December 09 2023
On Friday we had a mix of sun and clouds with the temperature reaching into the mid 40's. The mild conditions are expected to continue through the weekend with the temperature reaching near 50 degrees along with wide spread rain on Sunday. With the melting snow and rain in the forecast, it's no surprise the river is running at a high level along with significant runoff. With the current water flow most anglers are waiting for the water level to come down and conditions to improve. For those anglers who made the trip anyway, they are making the most of conditions and were trying some of the smaller local tributaries. 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: Steelie omelette in size 10, 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: Prince nymphs in size 10, Hare's ear in size 10, Pheasant tails in size 10, Flashback nymphs in size 10, Steelhead hammer in size 12, Beadhead stones in size 10.
Streamers: Black or purple egg sucking leeches in size 6. Woolly buggers in black, olive, brow, white, size 6. Fish skull zonkers in black, white, olive size 6.