I’m not gonna get all foofy with this one just a quick update. I’m tired and hitting the river again tomorrow and need to tie some.
The weather was sunshine but cool. The high on the river today was about 44. The water temps topped out around 42. Fishing was slow but fish were eating.
Nymphing is still the main game in the upper stretches. The skwalla stonefly nymph is working but the river gave me another opportunity today with a March Brown Hatch. Around 1 pm the mayflies starting popping. Nothing prolific but there was enough. I found two areas of feeding fish. I hooked up on the emerger pattern and one cutthroat hoovered the size 14.
The big producer today however, was my possum hares ear.
I tied it under a stonefly nymph. Hooked up 6 times with it during and after the hatch. Got 4 of them to the net. Lost a monster trout around 3:30 on it. Feisty trout outsmarted me going under the boat then running to the bank and getting enough slack to roll off.
Didn’t see a single sqwalla dry but did see nymphs. The flows are perfect, if the water temps bump up after this cold spell we will be in the thick of it. March Browns and Sqwallas, hungry trout, and eager anglers.
I’ll plug my guiding now by saying, give me a call and get on the schedule, as the weather gets even nicer and the river heats up things are going to get fun and some really great dry fly fishing is right around the corner.