As of this morning the flows at Holter Dam are at 3,180 cfs and the temps are 59. The weather is trending warmer as we head into the middle of the week. Skies will be partly cloudy with the possibility of a rain shower this evening. Its warm enough to sport the shorts and sandals out there if you stay in the boat. The river is still really low and clear, but the fishing has been great. Most of the fish are holding up in the shallow riffles and fishing the dry or shallow nymph has been the most effective way to get into fish.
With the water warming up we are starting to see more bug activity, especially with the Caddis. The PMD hatch has been starting off around 10 or so in the morning and can last all day depending on where your at in the river. There seems to be a magic hour or so where the fishing is really good on top with the PMD’s. When is that magic hour? Well…it’s pretty much changing from day to day. The best way to catch it is to be out there enjoying the river all day. The Caddis are staring to get thick down in the lower river(Mtn. Palace to Cascade). Later in the day is best after the water and air have time to warm up. Top flies have been cripples and emergers for the PMD’s in size 16 and 18. Caddis patterns with some CDC on them really work well in the shallow slick water.
Nymphing has been really great everywhere in the river. Pheasant Tails are still working pretty good and any other mayfly looking nymphs. The most popular nymph in town is the Bloom’s TB Weight. There have been rumors of good success with Yellow Sally nymphs fished near the bank. Smaller Hare’s Ears and Copper John’s will work for that tactic.
Streamer fishing has been really good early in the morning and late in the evening when the sun is off the water. We have had a few people taking advantage of the long days and staying out until the twilight. The streamers have been working great into the dark.