Date: February 21st, 2017
Water Conditions: Between snow and rain there hasn’t been a lack of precipitation in our local area recently. At the beginning of the month flows were pretty high, even unfishable at times, but since the water has slowly dropped. At the present moment, waters conditions on our rivers and creeks are in great shape. Monitoring stream flow on your local watershed prior to making the trip is always a good idea. See the Stream Flows page on the blog for a list of streams with USGS data.
Recommended Flies: Zebra Midge Size 18-22, Peeking Caddis Size 12-16, Rock Worm Larva Size 12-16, Frenchie Size 12-16, Pat’s Rubber Legs Size 6-10, Pink Beaded Walt’s Worm Size 12-16, UV Braider PT Size 16-22, RTV Nymph Size 12-16, Soft Hackles Size 16-18, Wooly Bugger Size 6-10, Slumpbuster Size 6-8
So far this February has been unusual, but welcome. We have experienced a few cold snaps, however, there remains a surprising amount of mild, warm weather. With daytime air temperatures ranging from 50-65 degrees, it’s been fantastic weather to be on the water. With the weather fluctuating so much between warm and cold I think it has kept the fish a little on their toes. For that reason, on some days the fishing was a little slower than one would hope for, given how nice the weather has been for February. We are in the middle of a prolonged warm spell that should last at least through the weekend. Recently, with this longer stretch of nice weather on consecutive days, the fishing seemed to really pick up. A strong number of Midges and Little Black Stones made there presence known, and the fish took notice. Nymphing in typical winter water types continues to be the most productive method for catching numbers. Since a little extra water is around, fishing streamers continues to work pretty well on some of the larger fish. If they are not willing to chase an aggressive streamer retrieve, try swinging or dead drifting. This winter continues to be much more favorable for fishing than the last several. It will be interesting to see how long this warm weather sticks around, or if we get another extended cold snap. In the meantime, water and weather conditions have been near perfect for February. Go fish.