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Daily Report

February 12 2024

On Sunday we had cloudy and windy conditions but the temperature still reached near 40 degrees in the afternoon. Over the weekend it was great to see anglers getting out and taking advantage of the warm weather conditions. Reports from anglers have been mixed, some are catching fish, while others are not, mostly comes down to experience level and what section of river they fished. The release from the dam has been running 500cfs and the pineville gauge is around 710cfs. We currently have steelhead in the river from top to bottom. The upper section of river between Altmar and Pineville is holding the most fish of any one section and is also where the majority of fish spend the winter staging in the deeper holes and larger runs, which is normal for this time of year.  This section of river does get the most fishing pressure on a daily basis for multiple reasons, but it's not the only section of river to find fish. If your willing to walk and looking for some solitude, the mid to lower section of river would be a good choice. With the water level coming down look for fish to be holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs.   For those anglers who are fly fishing, dead drifting with nymphs, indicator fishing with egg patterns or swinging streamers with sink tips or sinking leaders have all produced results. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, egg sacs, beads, marabou jigs and pink worms have all been productive. 

Suggested patterns;

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, Wiggle stones 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, brown, white, size 6. Fish skull zonkers in black, white, olive size 6.

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