Ditto last report!
The river fished extremely well over the past week.It has doubled
in size in 7 days. Remarkable river. What river fishes great through
a huge change like that? Not many. Nymphing under the indicator
and straight, tight line swing/retrieve on a dry line as well
as a 150 grain tip has been the tactics used lately.
Goddard, #12 Brown Bomber, #12-14 Spanker,
#12 Red Copper Swan, #8 Catch-all
The UC has come up quite a bit and lost some clarity but continues
to fish good to great depending on the zone and day.
Caddis hatch is in 2nd gear and the Mayflies while sporadic have
are ample Beetles and Ants about as well.
Nymphing and Dry Fly Fishing has been the Game
The Upper Columbia is fired up with reasonable Mayfly and Caddis
- Size 16 Tan (Not the Mother's Day)
- Size 18-20
Mayfly - Size 16
Carpenter Ants - Size 12
Sink tip swing fishing has slowed dramatically which is typical
at this time of year. Nymphing with an indicator, Soft hackles
on their own swung or retrieved as well as the dry fly have been
the ticket lately.
Nymphs - #14 Spanker, #14-16 Caddis pupae in Tan
Soft Hackle - #14-16 Tan Bomber
Dry - #14 - 16 Blooms Caddis and Goddard Caddis
Ditto last report, plus great weather. Mothers Day Caddis is just
around the Corner.
The fishing remains avg to great depending on the day. Yesterday,
some of the fish we hooked on the swing were Tarponesque in their
line yesterday 24 ft of 150 Grain.
Swung Fly - #8 UC Mini Leech
Nymph - #14 Spanker.
Grand Coulee's level is dropping fast and certainly defining more
water for us and the flow at the border is higher then last week.
The swing fishing has slowed quite a bit. We have however picked
up quite a few fish while retreiving the fly on the move....Streamer
style drift fishing. Good Blue Wings lately as well. The Nymphing
has definitely picked up. The past couple days we have been able
to target rising fish with nymphs just under the surface.
flies: #4 Catch All, #6 Bow River Bugger, #14 Lightning Bug, #16
and 18 RS2.
Sink Tip: T-150
So the powers that be started decreasing the level of Lake Rosevelt
and increasing the flows at the border. The absolute complete
opposite of last week regime....We will be on the water this entire
week and keep you updated. Fishing has remained reasonable through
the change. Nymphing has picked up a bit.
Pretty remarkable swing fishing for bright and blue skies. The
past two days we have hooked 2 confirmed fish over 10 pounds including
the buck to the right and above as well as a huge bright hen that
spit the hook as she was leaving the country. In addition we have
seen good numbers of 2-5 pounders.
tactic has been swinging the fly with various tips.
tip recently - 24 ft of 150 grain
Fly #4 Catch All
Water temp is at 42.
include; Light Skwala, Blue Wings and Midges.
continues to be reasonable with half the fish awesome heavy specimens.
continues to be the ticket...
tip today was a 200 grain 24ft head. Best bug #6 Catch All
Water temp will most likely see 41.5 by the end of this week.....
include; Light Skwala, Blue Wings and Midges.
would rate the catching recently as fair. Our prediction is that
the catching should be more like good by the end of this next
week with warmer air temps coming to the American Reach.
are utilizing the swing with everything from a light sink tip
to 24ft of 300 grains based on depth of flow.
should be spot on over the next couple weeks with more insect
Water temp on the Upper Columbia is hovering at around 40.5. Warmer
then normal for this time of year. The lake level below us has
gone down and then back up recently. Flows at the border are higher
then the 40 year average but certainly better then the past few
winters at this time of year. Fishing has been great; Catching
has been OK. Having to work for the fish; We have been fishing
the fly on the swing, retrieve and some nymhing as well.
swinging we have utilized variable tips and lines based on depth
and flow. Best swing bugs - #4 Pats, #4 Copper Brown String Leech
two hand rod sink system has been an Airflo Skagit Intermediate
with 12 feet of T-8 or T-10
Single hand rod tip would be a Teeny 250
Nymphs - #6 Olive Pats, #14 Red Copper John.
New report coming soon....
We are good to go on the UC. A normal winter is refreshing for
the UC in the late winter. Our flows are ranging from 40-65 K
daily which is spot on. Water temps are warmer then usual and
the fishing is GOOOOD.
Reasonable fishing continues here... Swing tactics as listed below.
Water temps are at 39 degrees already which is 1.5 - 2 degrees
warmer then the norm.....Swing fishing has been good not great
not poor...but good. Put your time in and it will bring rerwards.
line - #6 Out bound for a single hander / Skagit 450 Intermediate
with a 5.6 inch per second sinking leader for the two hander
Back on track with some reasonable weather. Lake level is at 1273
and the flows at the border are averaging around 100K.
Brutally cold - Negative 8 degrees F at night!
Hung out at Black Bear Lodge last week.....Getting things ready
for the 2013 season. Highest airtemp was 32 degrees so I said
the heck with fishing; I know that is a weak excuse. It was however
awesome to tie a few bugs next to the fire, enjoy the river views,
watch a few movies and do a little sledding with the family.
Water clarity is 12 feet+
Water temp is 37.5 F
On the UC next week and will give up a current report -
River flow at the border ranging from 100 - 120 K which is significantly
higher then normal for this time of year (this has been the pattern
for the past three big water years)
Lake level is at 1285 ---- Full Pool is 1290
Currently the fishing by foot is limited as the lake is still
at high levels which adds to the 'back up' factor and the flows
at the border, while dropping, are still pretty big. Regardless,
I managed to swing a couple up by foot the other day. Both fish
landed were on an articulated orange/brown marabou with gold flash.
was 40 degrees. Saw a few fish rise to midges but nothing consistent.