The winter fishing in the south has been pretty slow due largely in part to open water. The majority of the rivers in this neck of the woods are closed until June 16th however there are still a couple of sections that are open to fishing right now, they are as follows:
- The Crow: Mainstem from the outlet of Crowsnest Lake downstream to the Cowley Bridge
- The Oldman: Oldman Reservoir dam downstream to Sec. Rd. 509
When looking for water in this neck of the woods to fish make sure you have a full tank of gas as there have been no guarantees from people we have talked to that the water that once was open will still be open due to temps.
Once you have found some good water it is time to get out and fish it hard. Fish down this way can be a bit more selective come the winter months. Regardless of the tactic that you choose to go with the one thing that will be common across the playing field is that you must get your flies deep, as most of the fish have moved to the wintering holes now. Aside from getting deep, the next hard part will be dialing in the rig so if you are stuck on where to start, flip a rock or two. If flipping rocks isn't your thing and you would prefer to fish streamers, giver'! Just make sure that your retrieve isn't as fast as what you would do in the summer (the fish are more lethargic during the winter months).
Make sure that if you are headed down to this neck of the woods you check the weather reports before leaving because the temperature might be appealing but the wind speed might not be.
Weather/Flow Rates, Follow The Link's Below:
- Streamers: Jointed Urchin Tan #4, Wilson's Sparkle Minnow Sculpin #4-8, Doc's Articulator Olive #4, Galloups Dungeon Olive/Black #4, McClure's Kill Whitey White #2, Sherik's Public Flasher Grey/Purple or Black/Green, Ron's Cone Leech Olive #4-8, Trevor's Mini-Loop Sculpin Olive #6, Bjorn's Hog Hooker Rainbow #4
- Nymphs: Brassie Red #16-20, Copper John Black #16-18, Patriot Soft Hackle Red Ass #14-18, Rainbow Czech Nymph #16-18, Frenchie Olive #16-18, T.J. Hooker Coffee/Brown #4-10, UV Rainbow Czech Nymph #12-16, TJ's Rainbow Assassin #16-18, Tungsten Ready Baetis Nymph #16-20, Jiggy Lightning bug Purple #16-20
- Dries: Griffith's Gnat #16-20, CDC Midge Emerger #18-22, Smoke Jumper Midge Black or Red #18-22, CDC Still Born Midge #18-20