It’s been pretty cold on the Yak lately, but not cold enough for ice flows for at least the next couple days. Overall the fishing has been pretty steady with nymphing being the most effective approach, but there are still some big fish eating streamers.
As far as nymphing goes, small stuff has been the most consistent. We’ve been running a size 16 jigged nymph on top, and something small and midgey on the bottom. For top flies, pheasant tails, hare’s ears, brush hogs and assassins have been the way to go, although there is the occasional fish eating a stone. As far as something small and midgey, WD40’s, brassie’s and rainbow warriors have been our go-to’s. Tiny pheasant tails in size 20 and 18 are another great option, and don’t forget to have some San Juan worms on you as well.
For streamers, we really like to throw white, black or olive during the winter. Typically slowing down your presentation and sizing your flies down is the best way to fish them during these cold months, which is why we recommend busting out a trout spey setup and covering some water. As for flies, size 8-12 woolly buggers and leeches are our favorites, but smaller sculpzilla’s will work as well.
As usual, if you have any questions feel free to give us a call!