With the arrival of winter weather last weekend the river was empty. We love fishing in the winter because there's never a day you will deal with crowds. I may have been the only person on the river from Sheds Bridge to the Canyon. The water temps are just above freezing. The guides were icing up but the fishing was good. Rainbows have podded up for the coming winter. They have moved into the deeper pools behind riffles and turns in the river. Nymphing is the way to get into better numbers of fish. Make sure you are bumping bottom with them. The fish are bellied down to the bottom since the water temps have dropped. They are wanting to be in the warmest water they can find which is at the bottom of the river during winter. The deeper the hole the warmer the water will be at the bottom. Since the Brown trout and Whitefish have both spawned, egg patterns are almost a must have fly pattern.
Dries: Griffiths Gnat: 18-20-22, Adult Midge Dark: 22-24, Midge Cluster: 16-18
Nymphs: Delektable Hurless: 4-6, Mega Prince: 4-6, Mega Hare's Ear: 6-8, Pheasant Tail: 14-18, Copper John Blue, Black: 14-18, Lightning Bug Silver, Original, Gold: 12-14-16, Bubble Back BWO: 16-18, El Diablo: 14-16-18, Little Bit of E: 14-16, Tungsten Purple Burger: 12-14, Price's Pacifier: 8-10, Wire Worm Pink: 4, Military Mayfly: 18-20-22, Little Green Machine: 18-20-22
Streamers: BH Black Bugger: 2-4-6, Black Krystal Bugger: 6-8, Sex Dungeon Black, White, Yellow: 2, Home Invader Black, White, Yellow: 2, Black/Copper Zonker: 4-6, Sculpzilla Black, Olive, White: 2, Micro Zonker Grey, Brown, Black: 8, Bellyache Minnow Tan: 1-1/0, JJ Special: 6-8, Mr. Creepo, Yellow/Brown: 4, Cheech Leech, Halloween: 1
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