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Daily Report

March 16 2024

Friday was another mild day with a mix of sun and clouds and the temperature reached 50 degrees. In the afternoon the release from the dam was lowered and is now running 500cfs and pineville gauge is around 667cfs. Over the last several days the majority of anglers that we spoke with have reported landing mostly drop backs. The drop backs are scattered from top to bottom and covering lots of water has been the key to success. Anglers have been finding them in the head or tailouts of the bigger holes and larger runs. With the water temperature being well above average for this time of year more and more fish are holding in and around the gravel areas of the river. 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: Rubber legged stones in size 8. 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: Conehead muddlers in black, olive, brown, size 4. 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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