Mount Shasta Paranormal
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Fall River & Golden Gate Park
Joe Howell on N Umpqua winter steelhead
Hot patterns in the winter include black leech type patterns. Green Butt Skunks in the larger sizes are good too.
"Often you'll want brighter colors in the winter," Howell said.
"Oranges, pinks. But I like to tell people it's a black/blue/purple type river. Toss in some yellow and some orange, all the better. "
"But that's not to say that a gray Muddler won't work, because it does, even though that's a summer pattern."
Howell said in the winter under heavier flows, go with large flies, including 1/0, 2/0 and 3/0 flies (summer sizes are usually 2s and 4s and sometimes 1/0s).
For leaders, Howell said the colder and dirtier the water, the shorter the leader. In clear, low water he'll fish an 8-foot leader.
ESPN - OREGON (March 2005): Can North Umpqua winter run match last year's?
"Let us cross the river and rest under the shade of the trees" T.J. Jackson