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!
This past week brought us sunshine, snow and a wide range of temperatures. As a result, we’ve been seeing river conditions change throughout the week, but we’ve been catching fish throughout it all! Nymphing continued to be productive during the colder streaks, and we were really excited to see some fish rising during the warmer days. Dust off those dry fly boxes, because we’re starting to catch fish on the surface!
We had some fun in the snow this week! The front that moved in on Monday and Tuesday changed river conditions, but the fishing was great. Colder weather caused the water to clear up and river levels to drop slightly. The fishing early and late in the day slowed down during the transition between high and low pressure systems, but the mid day bite picked up noticeably as the storm settled in. Fish are feeding aggressively right now, but colder days and clearer water mean a return to the winter staples.
If you didn’t get a chance to do some fishing this past week, get out there this weekend! We have another front moving in at the beginning of next week, but the weekend is shaping up to be warm, sunny and glorious. Water temperatures should be on the rise, and the fish will be active. On sunny days with low water make sure you’re being stealthy, downsizing tippet and wearing sunscreen!
Warmer weather this week made for some great fishing! The fish are relatively concentrated right now, so once you find them be patient and focus on getting good drifts. We’ve got some weather moving in this weekend, but water temps should remain stable as the forecast shows lows in the mid 20’s and highs of around 40 degrees. That means we should have beautiful, snowy banks and good fishing!
Conditions have remained consistent this past week, and so has the fishing! Leading with perdigons, two bit hookers and Pat’s Runt Stones (size 14-16) and trailing small midge and baeits imitations has been the ticket. Fly selection is important, but we’re finding that fish are eating pretty readily as long as you get a good, drag free drift!