Nymphs To Try: Size 8-12 Pat’s Rubberlegs, size 18-22 Double Down Pheasant Tails, size 18-22 WD-40’s on black or gray, size 20-22 Pure Midges in black or olive, size 20-22 Juju Baetis or Barr’s BWO Emergers, and yarn or pegged eggs.
Dries To Try: Size 18-22 Parachute Adams in gray or purple, size 18-22 Brook’s Sprout Midges in gray, cream or black and size 20-22 Extended Body BWO’s.
Streamers To Try: Barely Legals, Pop’s Bugger in black and orange, Bead Head Rubberleg Buggers in black or olive, Sex Dungeons in rust or black and Super Buggers in black or olive.
The action on the Colorado River near Parshall, depending on the day, has been fair to good. The river is mostly free from ice. The fish are still holed up in their winter water so look to find pods of fish in the slower, deeper parts of the river. If you catch a strong hatch you might find feeding fish in water with a decent amount of current but don't expect to catch many (any?) fish in the fast, shallow riffles. It's a nymphing show most days but then there are those days when you will fish to pods of rising fish eating Midges. The beginning of the Blue Wing Olive hatch is likely a month or so away but given this winter's unusually warm weather we hesitate to make any predictions. We will keep an eye out for the Blue Wings and let you know when we start to see dependable hatches.