Jefferson River Fishing Report

Thursday, January 20, 2022
Jefferson River Montana

Current Conditions:
The Jeff is running low and slow right now and large ice shelves make access difficult. Concentrate on the bigger runs below riffles and experiment until you find the right water speed and depth. Nymphing will be the best producer and as a rule expect very slow and subtle strikes so make sure to set the hook on even small disturbances to your indicator.  Slow swimming a streamer across these runs can also produce some monsters but probably less overall action. A big sculpin or wooly bugger is a good choice as a top fly when nymphing and a prince or pheasant tail will do just fine as a dropper.

The Month Ahead:

As days grow shorter the big ice shelves will be forming quickly making the Jefferson a tough choice until the spring months.

Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Jefferson will not be the best option in the heart of winter until things start to warm up in later March and April. Some good spring fishing over the skwala stonefly can be had in the early spring.