Cold Temperatures continue into the first full week of march
It’s March now and our guides are getting antsy to be on the water! Cold temperatures and snow earlier this week put a damper on things, but we’re starting to see some sun and warm days in the forecast. The fish are still biting and the nymph game is strong. We haven’t seen any Skwala Stoneflies flying around yet, but we think that hatch should happen in the next couple weeks.
A sunny friday
The sun popped out for a while today in Ellensburg and we experienced water temps up to 38°F! Air temps got around the 40°F mark at the warmest. Fog early in the morning made for an eerie float, but quickly burned off and turned to blue skies.
The Farmlands Section is low and the water is clear. There are a few obstacles to maneuver around, but the slower current makes avoiding them easy. The only problems today was breaking ice out of the guides every few casts!
Where to fish
Fish are looking for slower water on the edges of main currents. Drop-offs and transitions from shallow to deep water are great places to put a fly. Also look for long, slow runs for fish to be holding along structure.
If you’re in a boat, pull off and fish from the bank in good-looking water. Cold, picky fish in may require several drifts in front of them before deciding to eat a fly. Cover water thoroughly before moving on. If you think there’s a fish holding in a good-looking spot, there probably is!
If you’re walking the bank, take your time picking apart as many holes and runs as possible.
What to fish
Worm patterns have been putting fish in the net lately. San Juans and Squirmy Wormies (#6-12) in pink, red and purple have been some of our most productive flies. A Pat’s Stone (#8-12) in coffee or olive has been putting a few fish in the net as well. Zebra Midges (#14-20) and WD40s (#14-20) in black have also been go-to patterns to imitate the midges in the river system.
Fish SLOW and DEEP. The fish aren’t going to want to work too hard for their food, so put your flies on top of the fish and keep them in “the zone.” A shot or two on the line will help you achieve this depth, and don’t afraid to switch out patterns until you find the right color or size the fish like.