First, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We will be open from 8am until 1pm. Yes, as of this writing, our license machine is holding up. After 1 pm, look for us on the river as catching the first fish of the year on New Year's Day has become a tradition. Many people are excited about the new Cortland Nymph rods. We received our first shipment earlier in the week. They come in a 10' 6" 2,3 or 4 weight versions. They retail for $299.00.
The winter pattern has basically set up now and it brings a variety of opportunities to catch trout. Most anglers will likely fish nymphs. Most of the flies should be on the small side, size 16-22. Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear and Prince Beadheads are all great choices for your tandem rigging. We also have some great flies from Dave McKenna at Guide flies. These are tungsten beads and are quite effective. Try rigging one of the heavy flies trailed by a black Glass Bead Zebra midge. Copper Johns are another effective anchor fly. In the middle of the day, it is tough to beat a small #18-22 Grey or BWO RS2 or a small Scud as the trailing fly. Egg patterns are still catching fish and it is good to use a small midge as a dropper to double your chances.
Streamers have also been effective during this period of warmer weather; the water is still cold but just warm enough for the trout to grab a big meal. Woolly Buggers in Olive or Black in sizes 10-12 worked slowly along current seams have taken a number of trout for me in the last