March 29 2015
Saturday was a cold and windy day and even with sunny skies the temperature was only in the 20’s. The lower end of the river did have slush ice first thing in the morning but it did clear. Yesterday the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville had heavy fishing pressure and the best action seemed to be in the Lower Fly Zone. Anglers we have staying in the motel reported having a very good day in the Lower Fly Zone while using nymphs. We also spoke with a couple anglers who fished the lower end of the river and landed some steelhead on egg patterns while fly fishing and egg sacs while bottom bouncing. The advantage to fly fishing this time of year is that several different techniques produce results, such as high stick nymphing, fishing with a strike indicator or swinging flies with sinking leaders. With the low clear water conditions the fish get a long slow look at your presentation, so a fluorocarbon leader or tippet is suggested. Anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing have had results with blue or pink egg sacs, steelhead beads, pink worms and steelhead jigs.
Sparkle stone in black, size 10.
Steelhead Hammer in black, chart, blue, red, size 12.
Glo-bugs in oregon cheese, blue, pink and chart. size 10
Rubber leg stone in black or brown, size 10.
Hot Bead Woolly Buggers in black, olive, size 10
Double Beadhead black stone, size 10-12
Beadhead black stone. size 6-10.
Wiggle stone in chart, pink and peacock. size 10
Steak-N-Eggs in orange, pink, chart. size 10.
Hare’s ear in black, olive, natural, size 10.