It has been a not so bad start to the season so far. Water temps are still pretty cold but on the good cloudy days with stable flow conditions decent fish have been caught. The first couple trips found that most of the fish were grouped up in their prime wintering spots. Slower currents, deep water, and lots of structure. As of late, the fish have been spreading out. More are being caught in the faster current and shallower water. A few bugs have been present. Black stone flies and midges mostly. Not enough for consistent rising but enough to make a trout attack once in a while.
We have been fishing mostly streamers so far. Big and ugly has was the ticket early but a slimmer, shorter profile has been working best as of late. We have stopped and ran some nymphs in some of the primary riffles with moderate success. I am sure that a little more time and effort would produce more fish on nymphs, but I must admit that when they are chasing streamers and you get to see the entire follow and take, that I would much rather cast the big stuff.
Warmer temps this week should help get the fish a little more active. Hendricksons are right around the corner. As much as I love streamers, I can not wait to cast a dry fly to a big rising brown trout. More clients are starting to book trips now that the weather is breaking and I can not wait to spend more days on the water. Hopefully this will be the start to a great season.