Date: March 16, 2017
Water Conditions: Water levels in the area are slightly lower than normal for this time of year, but are in great fishing shape. As the snow begins to melt off, it will be important to consider how snowmelt could affect water temperatures. See previous article, Winter Fly Fishing: The Snow Melt Impact. 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: Blue Winged Olives Size 18-20, Black Zebra Midge Size 18-22, Little Black Stonefly Size 18-20, 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, Wooly Bugger Size 6-10, Slumpbuster Size 6-8
We have certainly experienced more than our fair share of warm, and comfortable weather so far this winter. Recently, the weather has been more typical of the season with cooler temperatures and doses of snow. Prior to the recent cold snap, the fish seemed to have turned on with hopes of spring being right around the corner. Even the bugs such as Midges, Little Black Stones, and Blue Winged Olives were hatching heavy at times. We certainly deserved another shot of winter, and anglers alike are hoping that ol’ man winter is giving his final blow for the year. Looking ahead towards the next week, the weather forecast is back towards normal for this time of year with daytime temperatures in the 40’s. As winter breaks, the fishing will likely pick right back up again as the fish turn on for spring. It will be interesting to see what happens with the bugs in regards of hatches over the next month. Until temperatures warm up a bit nymphing the slower, winter water types should be the most productive ways to catch fish. Slowly drifting, or stripping streamers should also continue to pull large fish out of there hiding spots. Enjoy time on the water now, it won’t be long until spring is in full swing and the water is crowded again. Go fish.