March 18th, 2017 River Report

With lots of rain and warm weather the Elk is finally thawed and accessible. Snowshoes are recommended for the walk in as the snow is deep up until the river. The Elk is running with a decent flow rate and there is currently about 2 feet of visibility, however with a few clear days it should shrink and become clear.

Even with the dirty water the Elk is still fishing very well on nymphs and streamers. Golden stones, Copper Jons, and Midges are effective nymph patterns this time of year. For streamers Double Bunnies, Muddy Buddies, and Circus Peanuts are effective for Cutthroat and Bull Trout. If the water clears up, Cutties will be looking up for some dries. Midge patterns and even large Golden Stones will bring them up to the surface.

It is definitely a great time to come down and fish before the river closes March 31st. Stop by the shop to pick up your fly fishing essentials before going out!

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