If you Google Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions, you would see ‘stay fit and healthy’ at the top of the list, followed by ‘lose weight’, and then ‘enjoy life to the fullest’. In my case it would read something like, less school + more fishing = enjoy life to the fullest. But seriously, I think the equation could also have a better outcome if it included more fishing ‘with someone else’.
Don’t get me wrong there’s certainly nothing wrong with being out there alone at times but, don’t underestimate the importance of sharing that experience with someone else. Now I’m not just talking about your fishing buddy that you normally go with, but also spending time with someone that’s new to fly fishing or even the outdoors in general.
I can think of no better place to introduce someone to fly fishing than on our local rivers and streams. Whether you’re nymphing for trout on the White, or wading Crooked Creek catching longear sunfish on a foam spider, those simple lessons shared could help shape someone’s future as well as the future of the sport.
So maybe a better New Year’s Resolution should be for us to not only enjoy our “Fly Life” to the fullest, but to share that wealth of excitement and adventure by taking someone else along with us.
With that said, let’s talk about what’s been working.
We have seen a definite increase in water flows this week, reaching over 13,000 cfs. We’ve seen small windows of wadeable water at or a little above minimum flow (between 700- 1400 cfs).
Wade fisherman can expect to do well with both nymphs and small streamers with the minimum to one unit flows we have been seeing.Midges (ruby, rootbeer, & diamond in size 18), pheasant tails (in sizes 14, 16, & 18), devil jigs (red and copper in sizes 14 & 16).
Also, try throwing a Strollis Quill Body Jig (size 14) by itself or in combination with a colorful attractor fly such as a Y2K or Keller’s Hot Worm.
As the flows begin to increase, try throwing sculpin imitations such as large olive woolly buggers, FS Bunny Sculpins, and cdc pine squirrel zonkers.
Smaller streamers like CJ’s Mega Minnow, Dally’s Twerkin Minnow, Schmidt’s Viking Midge, and Galloup’s Circus Peanut will also be very productive.
During those times when wadeable water is available nymph fisherman can expect to do well with Garrett’s Purple Death (size 18), Clint’s Sunday Special (sizes 16 and 18), midges (root beer and black & purple zebra in sizes 16 & 18), pheasant tails (size 16 & 18), hunchback scuds (size 16 & 18), and tailwater sowbugs (sizes 16 and 18).
Slump Busters, Cone Head Woolies, and other small weighted streamers stripped slowly over the bottom have also been productive in higher flows.