Dally’s Fly Fishing Report: 1/6/23

Sam Mattax found this bright fish with guide Luke Coffey on a Tailwater Jig

The new year is upon us. If you are anything like me, you have plenty of new year’s resolutions waiting to be forgotten or abandoned in the coming months. Perhaps you can be strong-willed enough to break the cycle and reach those goals! Or you can join me sitting on the couch nibbling on a nutter butter.

It appears as though the weather should be fairly mild this week. A person could hope that the cold and dark days of winter are behind us and the bright days of spring are ahead of us. However, February tends to be one of our coldest months.

As for now, fishing should be good this week with the stable water and limited barometric pressure shifts. 

Tim Costlow found some brown trout fun with Tadd Fore

The White continues to hover in that magical 35-megawatt range for most of the day. To me, this is the perfect long drift and plink rainbows kind of water.

Egg patterns on top seem to be the most common way to fish right now. Large hair’s ear, Sunday specials, and pheasant tails are good alternative options. Team these up with a lightning bug jig, ruby midge, pheasant tail, or rootbeer midge and you should be cooking with bacon.

I have noticed that fish have become a bit more eager to eat some meatier nymphing goodies such as slump busters, meat whistles, and mop flies. I look for this to only increase as we reach deeper into February. 

Winter on the Fork is always spectacular

The Norfork has been giving us some boatable water the last few days and it appears to be good like usual. Deep nymphing egg patterns followed by Sunday specials, ruby midges, lightning bug midges, and tailwater jigs seem to be a good way to keep some tight lines.

Fishing larger meals like meat whistles, girdle bugs, and mop flies just off the bank is a good alternative and can give a little more of a dynamic feel than just dead drifting down the center.

As would be expected with both Streamer Lovefest and  Chad’s streamer class coming up, streamers are working fairly well on both the Fork and the White.

Personally, I usually find myself focused on mimicking the food sources in the water system and so baby brown trout, rainbow trout, shad, and sculpin patterns make up the majority of what I throw. With that being said, there is often times a benefit to showing them things they haven’t seen before.

So don’t be afraid to whip out a fluorescent pink sluggo and give it a whorl, who knows!      

Adrian Hubbard