April 12, 2023
Fly Fishing Update:
A week of warmer weather kicked things into full-gear, here in Craig! Despite high winds, boat ramps were full and anglers were getting into some beautiful fish. The warmer weather has triggered an early runoff of our large snowpack, however, winter weather returns tonight. We are expecting around 6" of snow. Warmer weather later in the week will trigger further runoff, so expect high water conditions to continue.
Dry fly fishing is on the backburner at the moment, but should heat up again once the weather stabilizes. Higher water levels, cold water temps and high winds are conspiring against ideal conditions for casting dries. A few anglers are still getting in done in slack water, but it is not the most effective method this week.
Keep the higher flows and stained water in mind while nymphing! Water flows continue to be between 5,400-5,500 CFS this week, with temperatures around 37°F. Wire worms, tungsten beads and heavy point flies are the tickets to success. Make sure to get them deep, and keep them there.
This is a great time of year to break out the streamers! Single or double rigged streamers, that either push water or have hi-vis colors, will produce nice fish. Target structure that provides current break. That can be banks, mid-river boulders, eddies, etc.
Drop us a line and we hope to see you soon!