The Lower river has been in good shape and fishing for trout is productive. There are a bunch of eggs in the system right now both from Kings and Whitefish. The trout will swim just behind spawning fish and their respective reds waiting for any eggs dislodged in the swift current. Fish behind redds with egg patterns and you will get into fish. The BWO hatch hasn’t been bad down there but this weather is going to shut it off for a couple weeks.
There are a lot of salmon in the river right now getting ready to spawn, if you can see the big fish getting on redds don’t mess with them, but definitely fish downriver of the redds to find all the trout and maybe even a Steelhead lying in wait for a well placed bead! Steelhead fishing has been moving right along with nothing amazing to report people are getting it done still. Swinging a fly can be a good way to target some of the more aggressive wild fish as well as maybe even a king if you are lucky. The weather is gonna be pretty gnarly the next couple of days so be safe and if you do decide to go fishing dress WARM!
Suggested Dries: Sparkle Dun BWO #18-22, Purple Haze #18-22, Hackle Stacker BWO #18-22, Nunya’s Midge #18-22, Tan or Black Elk Hair Caddis #16-20
Suggested Nymphs: Brown or Black Jimmy Legs #8-12, Deep October Pupa #8-10, Jigged Tungsten Hare’s Ear #14-16, Jigged CDC Pheasant Tail #14-16, Jigged Prince Nymph #14-16, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18, Olive or Hare’s Ear Anato-May #14-18, Black or Red Two Bit Hooker #16-18, Soft Hackle PT #16-18, Olive Soft Hackle #16-20, Black Super Sinker #16-18, Black or Red Lightning Bug #14-18