Right now it’s pretty darn cold. Today’s high in Prineville was 28 when the sun finally burned thru the freezing fog. Tomorrow is forecast for about the same.
There is a fair bit of ice but the river is fishable and should improve A LOT in the next few days when this weather pattern is scoured out next week.
Fish are on Zebra Midges and Sow Bugs more than anything else right now. A Frenchie, Small #18 Hares Ear, #12-16 Prince and Orange Scud are all patterns we recommend right now.
With the water really cold the fish take very, very lightly. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to use a NZ Wool Indicator or a Strike Foundry sighter. You need these to tell when the subtle soft takes happen.
Look for late afternoon midge hatches in the pools and get your 7x spools out.