Our nice week of sunny weather has come to end, and snow is making a comeback all over the state. That makes right now a great time to hit the river! With most people waiting for the nice weather to come back, the river hasn’t been getting much pressure at all and we’ve been able to find some great fish!
Although there are some reports of people finding fish on trout spey swinging small leeches, streamer fishing has been pretty tough which is be expected for winter fishing (although it can be done). It’s that turd and a worm season (Pat’s Stone with a San Juan Worm) and it of course has been fishing very consistently, especially with lots of fishing really keying in on stones as the skwala’s have been a bit more active getting ready for spring.
Our best setup has been an olive/brown or tan/brown stone in sizes 12-8, with a pink, red, or tan worm beneath it. We are still finding fish eating small midges in sizes 18 and 20, but the worm is much more consistent this time of the year.
Remember to stick to the slow, walking riffley water and tailouts that run from about 3-5 feet deep. Sometimes you have to really hit the fish on the nose to get them to eat, so don’t be afraid to work certain sections pretty hard until you find where fish are podded up.
If you have any questions about fishing or would like to book a trip (now is the time to book your spring trip), then give us call at (509)674-2144 or shoot us an email from this link.