Weather this past week has caused inconsistent conditions on the river. As we move into a warmer weather pattern this week, we expect some snow melt at higher elevations, increased flows and some cloudier water. River conditions also may change throughout the day! We’ve been seeing clearer water earlier in the day with visibility decreasing as we move into the afternoon and evening. If you’re fishing earlier in the morning, try trailing midges and BWOs behind a smaller, more natural stonefly pattern. As we move into the afternoon, or on days with poor visibility, we’re finding good success with bigger flashier stoneflies, worms, generalist patterns and streamers!
After increased flows and decreased visibility last week, flows have settled back down and the water has cleared up with this colder weather! Colder temps this week should keep these conditions stable. That means some of the bigger bugs that were working last week are still in play, but smaller midge and baetis patterns are back on the menu!
If haven’t heard already– we’re excited to announce our first annual Spring Fly Fishing Gear Swap and Blowout Bonanza! Thank you to everyone for all of the wonderful contributions. We hope that this gear swap will allow local anglers to make money by clearing out their gear closets while giving newer anglers the opportunity to get high quality, used gear at a reduced price. There will be tons of great gear, free drinks and food live music, giveaways and some killer pre-summer sales!
Big changes are happening on the river! Flows have doubled in the past week and water clarity has dropped substantially. A few days of really warm weather caused snow to melt and water levels to rise. We’ll have to see what the mix of cooler temperatures and precipitation this weekend and next week will do to water levels and clarity, but it looks like the beginning stages of runoff have started! Despite the rapid change, the fishing has been lights out!