The last couple days on the river have been extremely blustery and cold for April by anyone’s account! Fishing has been a little tougher though I will not blame it on the fish. With the wind long drifts become problematic as contact with the bottom become difficult to recognize at times causing snag issues. Ross Hoezee and his guest Craig joined me yesterday to due battle with the elements and chrome. Dark water was productive but was not quite as friendly as it had been in the past few days although several beautiful fish were landed.

Steve O’Dette along with Dave and Jessey joined me today on what was at times a very cold and snowy day. Dark water produced a couple nice fish and shallow glides kept the rods bending. Stone flies, caddis, nuke eggs and fry patterns all produced fish in the last few days. As river temperatures slowly rise look for the shallow stuff to become very important. Dark water will continue to produce as new fish move upstream. The “swing” will (is) producing fish but as water temps head up look for the big “tug” to become more frequent. Pictured is Ross and Craig above and Steve, Jessey and Dave lower.

Capt. Steven Kuieck