December 14 2023
Wednesday was a cold and windy day with scattered snow showers throughout the day. The temperature was right around freezing but with the windy conditions the feel like temperature was in the 20's. The forecast for the next couple of days is expected to warm up along with stable conditions. Now that the water level has come down to where more anglers are comfortable we've seen an increase in anglers. Yesterday the majority of anglers we spoke with reported having have a good day throughout the river. Anglers in the mid to upper section of river got into fish in the normal winter holding areas, while anglers in the lower end of the river got into some fresh fish. 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. Rusher nymphs 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.