Weekend Train Report on the Wallowa
Another successful weekend on the Steelhead Train. Tom caught the beautiful Wild Hen above on Saturday. We hope this one is able to reproduce in great numbers. He caught her on the Prince nymph. He did however get the Spey Rod out for a bit of fun and ended up catching 2 nice Steelhead on a swinging Purple Spey Fly on Friday. This was very encouraging.
On Friday there was a little bit of rain, in the morning which caused the water to go a little off colored but not enough to affect the fishing. Tom could still see his feet in about knee deep water so he was not concerned about the off color conditions. By Friday afternoon the water had cleared back up and the temp had increased to about 39 degrees from 37. That little flush of new water probably got those fish moving around. That may be why Tom was able to bring fish to the swinging fly in such cold water.
Sunday brought some very warm air temps up in the Valley and a river of water was running down my driveway. I suspect this water is making it into the Wallowa today and coloring it up a bit. We are expecting more warm days this week so this should bring some of that warmer fresh smelling water down to the noses of the Steelhead. I would expect the fish to be on the move this week.
The door to the Hatchery should be opened for business today, so we will begin getting reports from the hatchery on numbers of fish they are seeing along with the weekly creel report. Stay Tuned, and please comment to let me know what You are seeing out there.