Were heading into a few weeks that are typically quiet, but offer some great fishing. Thats OK. The Mo’ can use a break. We will still do 2 or 3 shuttles a day – more on weekends – and there are a few wading anglers around. Winter on the river is way behind schedule this year, so conditions are comfortable if you do want to go fishing. If you want to go skiing, conditions pretty much suck. According to the weatherman, were headed into 2 weeks of unusually dry and mild weather.
Speaking of winter arriving late, we had some pretty good BWO hatches Saturday and Sunday at our Trout Spey Clinics. Neither Mark or I can ever remember seeing BWO’s on the water in December. And they were the really big ones. If you can hit some clouds and diffused light, you should be able to find a few sippers. I’d be looking in the channels between the Dam and Jacksons Rock. A big Nymens or Last Chance Cripple should do the trick.
With the whole river open, the next few weeks should offer some great two-handed fishing. If you’re already set, the entire river is fishing. Even down to Cascade. If not, swing by the shop, grab a rod and give it a try. A handful of streamers and soft hackles is all you need. And were seeing a change in the fishes behavior this week. Moving out a little deeper and hunting some bigger flies. The Browns appear to be finished with the spawn.
If you’re a veteran don’t forget about our 2 PHW Adipose Drift boats, free to use by any veterans or active duty members of the armed forces. This is a great way to get out on the river with your brothers. Call the shop and reserve in advance.