Winter is flying by and there are still great numbers of fish throughout the Fall. Access issues due to snow mean the fish haven’t seen as much pressure as they typically do, and now’s as good a time as any to spend a day on the local spring creek. BWOs are always a possibility this time of year, and the dry fly fishing should only improve with the warm weather we’re seeing in the forecast. Sunny days can put a damper on the BWO hatch, so I’d continue to watch for the cloudy afternoons to provide the best dry fly action. Other hatches including Midges and even an occasional small Winter Stone hatch can bring fish to the surface when conditions are right, so be prepared change your approach based on conditions. As always, nymphs and streamers are the most consistent way to find fish. Most of the subsurface action revolves around small Mayflies and Midges, go small and light with the indicator and any splitshot. The streamer game is mostly about finding the right fish and presenting the fly as naturally as possible. The campground and hatchery are good bets for access at the moment, we haven’t heard too much about the condition of the road to the tubes.
Suggested Dries: Purple Haze #18-22, Sparkle Dun BWO #18-20, Olive Haze #18, Parachute BWO #18-20, Hackle Stacker BWO #18-20, Griffith’s Gnat #18-22
Suggested Nymphs: Black or Olive Tailwater Tiny #18-22, Olive Micro Mayfly #18-20, Olive Anato-May #16-20, Flashback PT #16-20, Hare’s Ear #16-20, Olive Soft Hackle #16-20, Black or Red Zebra Midge #18-22, Black or Red Winker’s Midge #18-22