Who would have thought that we would be having snowstorms in the beginning of April this year……….. Well I guess that means we are steelhead fishing. When the water went on the rise fishing picked up, we were hooking a lot but the landing was a little tough. The water since then has dropped a lot and by the weekend we will be able to wade again. The water temperature has dropped between 38 and 40 degrees over the last few days. Which, will slow down the spawning. The fish have dropped off the gravel and are sliding back down into the little pockets and holes waiting for the water temperature to warm up. I would recommend fishing slow and really covering a run/ hole before you move on to a next one.ng a run/ hole before you move on to a next one.
We have had a verity of flies that have been working well for us over the last few weeks. For egg patterns we have been doing well on light clown eggs, orange and chartreuse nuke eggs, chartreuse and orange nuke eggs, and grapefruit nuke eggs. For nymphs we have catching fish on fry patterns, pheasant tails, hex, and sparrows. When the water clears up and gets a little bit warmer black stones have been working well too.
The weather through to weekend looks to be a little chilly but after that it we should be back to spring. And the fish should return to consistent feeding. If you are looking to get out and strip some streamers, I would suggest stripping slow and getting it down deep, the fish are a little more lethargic do to the cooler water temperatures that we are having. Be careful out on the river and hope to see you out there.