- Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 10:06
Some very welcome rain and light snow showers have finally started to add to the water levels in Spring Creek. Although I did not fish yesterday, I spent a good deal of time walking along the stream and watching. Spring Creek has that nice color I like to think of as "limestone green." It is no longer possible to see every pebble in two feet of depth. At the very least the trout should feel more comfortable in being harder for the resident predatory birds to spot. Anglers should be able to creep closer to them as well.
The extra water does not mean fishing will be all that fast, however. Cold water temperatures will still dull down the need of Spring Creek's wild browns to feed. Instead of making a cast or three to the best runs and riffles and dashing upstream to the next, it is best to make repetitive presentations. Fish that ignored a cast that was slightly offline may well take on the tenth cast if it is just a bit better placed. At this time of the year, patience and persistence pay off better than pace.
Nymphing will produce the most fish, but streamers drifted deeply and slowly may produce a strike as well as relieve the tedium of fruitless casting. Sowbugs and shrimp are in the stream year round and are logical nymphs to fish. The same is true of midge larval patterns like Zebra Midges. A good tandem is to trail a smaller midge pattern behind one of the crustacean imitators. Finally, there have been a few trout rising to the normal winter midges. If you encounter these, try a #26-28 Dun/Black Midge. Catching a January trout on a dry fly is a great way to break out of the doldrums of cabin fever.