|Streamflow - 892 CFS
||Temperature - 47° F
It's been another week of strangely fluctuating weather. We had cold weather and even snow on Sunday, followed by just shy of 80° on Tuesday. That unfortunately makes fishing tougher, especially when the temperature varies so wildly. Fortunately, we are supposed to have some consistent weather in the high 60s and low 70s for the rest of the week, and that will bring some better fishing for the near future.
I've heard reports of a few early emerging golden stones, and though it's highly unlikely either them or the salmon flies are here just yet, my guess is the fish will key on several different stonefly patterns, from salmons to goldens to skwalas. You can also use dark terrestrial patterns like ants or beetles or stimulators with a lot of peacock on them. When the fish aren't looking at the large dries, try some smaller patterns like March Browns, Mother's Day caddis, or Purple Hazes, as well as the crippled emerger equivalents of these flies. As for nymphs, I'd start trying larger stonefly patterns as well as various girdle bugs like the Bitch Creek or the Marvin, and then put either a pink worm behind it or a larger Copper John.
To cap off this report, I thought I'd share a pic that our friend and longtime Merc frequenter Bill sent us of a pretty rainbow he caught over the weekend. More soon!
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