The Midge Game Continues
Good fishing winter fishing on the lower Snake from South Park down to East Table. Ledge rock pools, eddies, and seams are the prime targets, particularly with nymphs but in the early afternoon with midge adult patterns as well. Upstream of South Park, nymphs are working better than surface patterns through the day. Concentrate on eddies and backwater side channels at seam margins. Nymphs are best fished as part of a dry-dropper rig when targeting the top four feet of the water column. Double/triple nymph rigs are doing better in deeper portions of the water column.
Dry flies – Griffith Gnats, Duck Flies, Parachute Midges, and CDC Wing Midges.
Nymphs – Peach Fuzz Jigs, Perdigons, Zebra Midges, Ice Cream Cone Midges, Dorsey’s Mercury Midge, Flashback Black Beauties, Light Brite Serendipities, and Booty’s Day-2 Midge Pupa.
Decent midge activity most days and downright solid on others. The best action has been in riffle tails on the upper reaches in Swan Valley and seams and eddies on the lower reaches from Byington down to Lorenzo. Surface action has been best from around 11am until 4pm (intermittent most days with more heavy activity occurring when air temps breach the 36 degree mark. Nymph rigs are working well throughout the day, particularly on the lower reaches. Six to seven feet of leader from trailer to line/suspension device is working in eddies and deeper seams. Four feet of leader is working better in riffle pools and tails.
Dry flies – Renegades, Griffith Gnats, Parachute Midges, CDC Wing Midges, CDC Midge Emergers, and Chez’s Krystal Wing Midge Emerger.
Nymphs – Pat’s Rubber Leg, Rainbow Warriors, Military Mayfly, Perdigons, Chamois Midge, Zebra Midges, Ice Cream Cone Midges, Booty’s Day-2 Midge Emerger and Brassies.