March 21, 2023
Early spring is always an exciting time at HomeWaters as the activity levels of both our fish and members continue to accelerate each week. The end of March is becoming more and more popular as it's often a month of seasonal change that offers great fishing.
The last week offered a mixture of warm and cool weather with a mostly sunny sky that isn't necessarily our favorite weather pattern for early spring fishing, but everything has fished well for members fishing with us so far this season.
Water levels are lower than we expect them to be this time of year. The water clarity is currently playing a larger role in affecting the fishing than water levels, and due to such clear water, smaller size 18-20 flies and lighter tippet are producing more fish to net.
This week's current forecast looks extremely favorable for early spring fishing with mild temperatures in the 50's and 60's. Even better than a warming trend, the warm up is forecasted to be cloudy and bring around an inch of rain between Thursday and Saturday. This should reset water conditions to be around average and about perfect for a day of fishing in late March.
Last week fished very well with a variety of attractor style nymph rigs and smaller streamers fished near the bottom. As you would expect this time of year, subsurface fishing has led to very fun, productive days of fishing in terms of size and numbers. However, there were a couple days last week that anglers were able to take advantage and catch a few fish on dries as well. It's that time in March that on cloudy days we expect to see some rising fish in the afternoons on Blue Winged Olives.
We expect the next week to take a really big step toward spring compared to previous weeks with such a favorable forecast of weather and fishing conditions on the way. It's pretty safe to say the 2023 season is here!