fishing and river reports
january 19, 2019
winter storm headed our way this weekend. lake has finally been drawn down below summer pool, but expecting some more precipitation. ground is obviously saturated so runoff events are more impactful and lake level can come up quickly. safe bet to say that it is going to be awhile. great time to catch up on some flies and dream about warmer days and lower water. will be here before we know it! have been filling some late spring and summer dates so never too soon to think about it!
when we do get to fish again, here are a few helpful generalities to keep in mind. location and drift more important than fly selection! in bigger water don’t get caught fishing too far into the main channel. most fish will be concentrated near structure and along seams near the bank, particularly areas with rocky depth changes. any number of different beadhead nymphs will do just fine. most of the standard generic trout patterns will work at one time or another. seems that some days some flash in the nymph seems to help. just have to try a few and see what is best. there have been a couple of very large black flying ant hatches (#16) on the river lately, so make sure you don’g get caught without them! fish have been chasing a variety of streamers in higher water and on cloudy days, particularly white and chartreuse flavors. blue deceivers are also a great fly for big brown trout this time of year. also a great time of year to try some funky stuff, like purple leeches or halloween buggers. make sure to run a sink tip of some type. have to get some depth on the retrieve. best way is to throw a slack mend into the line after the cast and let sink for 3-4 seconds. usually faster retrieves are best once good depth is obtained.