The cold nights are forming shelf ice and the is slush ice running in the main channel. From here out it will mainly be nymphing or streamer fishing. No early morning alarms need to be set, the best fishing is going to be in the afternoon, if you can find a day that's not windy. Fishing up towards Gardiner will be your best bet to stay out of the slushy water. Besides some Brown trout that will be spawning, the fish will be seeking out the warm water in the bottom of deep runs. Even with lower winter flows a long leader is usually needed to reach the fish in the bottom. If you plan on nymphing you can keep it simple with; rubberlegs, worms, pheasant tails, eggs, and your favorite midge pattern. Proceed with caution if you decide to float the stone this time of year. Ice shelfs can form over the entire river if we get cold enough temps.
**Please leave spawning fish alone and don't tread on redds!!!**
Dries: Griffiths Gnat: 16-18, Matts Midge: 20-24, Para Midge: 18-20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Biot-Midge: 20-22
Nymphs: Rubberlegs Coffee, Turd: 6-8, Delektable Brown Stone: 6-8-10, Mega Prince: 4-6-8,Pheasant Tail: 12-18, Pearl Crystal PT: 14-16-18,Purple Berger: 12-14-16, Tungsten Sunkist: 14-16-18, Olive Soft Hackle: 18-20, Caddis Candy: 16-18, Crawling Caddis: 16-18, Hydropsyche Caddis: 12-14-16
Streamers:Silveys Sculpin Black 2, Eric's Jealousy Black 2, Lawn Mower Black 1, Natural Copper Zonker, T&A Bunkers Olive/White, Rainbow & Whitefish: 2 Swimmin Jimmy Rainbow: 2 Sex Dungeon White, Yellow: 2 Fathead White, Yellow, Olive, Black: 2 Silvey's Sculpin Natural, black, olive, silver:4 Circus Peanut tan, olive, black: 4 Lawn Mower yellow, white, olive: 4 Game Changer rainbow, white: 4 Erics Jealousy yellow, black, white: 4 Sculpzilla black, natural, olive, white: 4-6 Mr. Creepo black, tan: 6 Craven's Dirty Hippie: 4 JJ Special: 4-8 Belly Ache Minnow Natural, Olive:4-6, Baby Gonga: 8
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