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Daily Report

March 23 2024

Friday was another wintry day with the temperature in the upper 20's. We did pick up a few inches of new snow late Friday night and as of early Saturday morning it was still snowing. Still feels more like winter then spring but the extended forecast shows the temperature improving with another warm up starting early next week.  The release from the dam is now 750cfs and pineville gauge is around 945cfs. The few anglers that we spoke with reported getting into 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. Anglers are also finding that 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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