As I’ve blogged before, water temps. are critical, for they help determine trout behavior and what your fishing strategy may be.
So, next time out on a freestone, I’ll tightline nymph or, if I have to, float an indicator, and will be on the look out for very soft takes. I’ll have handy some egg patterns. When the water is really cold, the fish’s metabolism will slow down, and I’m not sure what bugs will be active, other than midges and small BWOs when the air temp cooperates.
At tailwaters, the water will be somewhat warmer, and so, I’ll be on the look out for any bug activity. Still, I think egg patterns there will be a high-priority bet. I’d add midges, too.
Enjoy this weather, and tightlines for all!