FREMONT CANYON FISHING REPORT 1/21/18
Fishing is 9/10: Prespawn Rainbows, hungry postspawn Browns
Flow: 75 CFS
What to Use:
For the Purists:
Midges, scuds, rockworms, and leeches are also producing fish. Same bugs/patterns as the other tail water stretches of the North Platte River. It’s just more effective if you match the sizes more closely. Fish are still looking up on wind free days, sipping midges. So, on Lee sides and evenings, look for noses in flat, slow, skinny water, and you can have stellar dry fly action right now.
Streamer action is also solid! Typical Winter Tans, Whites, Olive, and Browns are your best color options. Low and slow and also work the rocky fast water in between runs.
Tips of the Week:
Downsize your tippet. Downsize your flies. We have been having significantly more success using short, hand made leaders, with little midges and rock worms under clear indicators. Since the spooky fish don’t leave their feed lanes to eat, break down each run like a grid and get a natural drift in each square. Fish with a low profile rather than standing tall above the run.
Lastly, and most importantly the fish are holding in seams on the bottom, so use weighted flies so they tumble naturally along the bottom rather than fishing a split shot above your flies that puts your weight in the bottom but leaves your flies drifting higher in the water column. Cold water and spooky fish result in extremely subtle takes. If you prefer an indicator make sure it’s not too big. Fish will eat and spit the Fly giving you the fin before your indicator reacts. Be patient and spend the time to find out how to get to the right depth and weight. The fish are there you just have to figure out how to trick them.