Happy New Year's from all of us at Ellensburg Angler! We hope you had a great holiday season and now that we're all stuffed with sweets and good cheer, it's time to get out there and use some of that new fishing gear Santa left for us!
The river has been experiencing some wacky flows lately. Warm weather and rain have caused the river to fluctuate, blowing it out at times and making fishing difficult. If you're going to be headed out anytime soon, keep an eye on that flow gauge and plan accordingly!
Nymphing deep with Pat's Stones (#8-12) in Black and Black/Coffee trailed by a San Juan or Squirmy Worm (#8-12) in pink or red are hot patterns right now. Small BWO and midge nymphs (#16-20) can also put some cold-weather fish in the net. If you aren't already, try fishing a light, yarn indicator like a New Zealand indicator to help detect light-biting trout this time of year. It's surprising how little yarn it takes to float a heavy nymph rig.
Rocky Ford Spring Creek:
Fishing on Rocky Ford Spring Creek really heats up this time of year when everything else freezes. Hot patterns on the creek right now include scuds (#14-18) in orange, olive, and black, and midge patterns (#12-22) in red, black, olive, and brown. On warmer days, keep your eye out for rising fish snacking on small maylfies and hatching midges. General dry flies (#14-22) like Adam's parachutes imitate adults of both species and emerger patterns (#14-22) like CDC Emergers or PT Cripples help to mimic an emerging or crippled insect quite well. Don't forget a few bunny leeches to throw on windy and cloudy days! Strip 'em fast and hold on!