My apologies for the lack of reports over the last week. We were hit hard by some pre-winter weather. It's been cooler, with lots of snow, rain and W. Excellent reports have been coming in from our guides, with weaker reports coming in from traveling anglers. I guess it pays to know this river when conditions get tough. Hoppers and ants are done. We're in a transitional period for hatching insects. Too early for BWOs and caddis, though you'll likely find a few here and there. Streamer eating brown trout is where it is at right now. Big fish are looking for big meals!
Not much to report on the dry fly. Head up river to the slicks for your best chance at small mayflies and midges.
Natural sculpin patterns have been getting the job done, however there has been a wide variety of fly patterns taking fish lately. Don't right off the bright colors such as, white, yellow or something sparkly. Standard buggers in black and/or olive has also been effective. Consider trailing it with a flashy nymph for maximum results. Now is also the time for the big articulated stuff. The same fish will eat the small sculpin patterns, but in general the larger streamers will take the smaller fish out of the picture. Hunt those cut banks as always, but don't over look the really shallow water as predatory brown trout search for an easy meal.
The girdle bug has started working again. Olive or black on a medium sized hook seem to be the preference. Follow that with a prince, pheasant tail or copper john in the #12-18 range and you should be good to go!
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