While we've seen some variable flows over the last two weeks, we are still firmly in pre-spring runoff mode. That means we're seeing great spring hatches along with sometimes high and sometimes low visibility - other times not so much. This means you can be rewarded for putting a little time in looking at weather forecasts and flow charts. Decreasing flows on freestones after bumps can be very productive this time of year.
While there are no guarantees when forecasting weather or river flows, if the predicted weather holds, we won't see full-blown runoff for at least another ten days, which isn't the worst thing in the world for our rivers this summer. The more runoff is delayed - the more water we'll have come August. However, we do expect that flows will be variable on the freestones over the next couple of weeks. With that, be prepared for all conditions when heading out. Bring the full roll of tippet - everything from 0x to 6x and be prepared to use it all when conditions change. You can always rely on tailwaters and stillwaters for more consistent fishing, however, if you time it up right, the freestones will be extremely productive.
Caddis, Blue-Winged Olives, and Midges will all take fish on the surface depending on the river. Subsurface - streamers, stoneflies, caddis, blue-winged olives, midges, leeches, craneflies, and the like will continue to produce.
We've mentioned it before, but it's important to keep the flow charts/hydrographs at your fingertips this time of year, as there can be some flow fluctuations that can impact fishing. Otherwise, it's a great time to be out on the water and enjoy the fruits of spring!
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