March 30 2015
On Sunday we started out first thing in the morning in the low teens, but with plenty of sunshine the temperature reached into the upper 30’s in the afternoon. The lower end of the river had slush ice first thing in the morning but cleared in the afternoon. Over the weekend we had heavy fishing pressure in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. Yesterday afternoon anglers staying in the motel reported getting into fish in the Lower Fly Zone with nymphs and single egg patterns and in the lower end of the river anglers got into some fresh fish while bottom bouncing or float fishing with egg sacs and pink worms. 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.