Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Jim Mitchell's Tip of the Week
The West Fork is now at winter levels. Floating is not recommended in any section. This is a good time to wade. Nymphing is the way to go Rubber legs and Perdigons size 18/14. Small Adams, purple haze, or any midge imitation in the afternoon. Dead drifting small streamers with a dropper.
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Water Flow Data
5-Day Outlook as of 1/17/22
Start later to let it warm up. The shore ice is building up and access is getting hard to find. Slush ice is floating in the open sections.
Techniques & Tips as of 1/17/22
Two nymphs or a small streamer with a dropper dead drifted. Small mayflies and midges dry flies in the afternoon.
Local Species Available Year Round Below Painted Rocks Dam (catch and release Dec 1 - 3rd Saturday in May)
Brook & Bull Trout Mountain White Fish
|Tunghead Hot Spot Pheasant Tail Jig||Yellow, Orange||12|
|Bead Head Prince||Peacock||10/14|
|Adams Parachute Dry Fly||Gray||10/18|
|Adam's Purple Parachute||Purple||10/18|
|Elk Wing Caddis||Tan||14-16|
Tunghead Hot Spot Pheasant Tail Jig
A barbless jig-style hook makes this pattern ride hook up, providing a snag-free drift.
Super Strong Plus Leaders
SuperStrong Plus Tippet in 30- and 100-meter spools
Best Fly Fishing Rod:
6-Weight 9' Fly Rod
Best Floating Fly Line:
WF Trout Fly Line
Best Sinking Fly Line:
Clear Sink Tip Fly Line