Jefferson River Fishing Report
The Jeff remains in winter mode, big shelf ice, slush, and completely iced over conditions exist. If you can find open water, 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 however expect 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:
The Jefferson has little mid-winter fishing to offer, as things warm look for more and more open water. A day of exploring could yield a bit of open water to fish, however the best bet would be to hold off on heading to the Jefferson for another month or two.
Long Term Fishing Forecast:
As the Jefferson warms up look for better fishing. A mid-march drive could yield some open water to fish on the Jeff. Some good spring fishing during the skwala stonefly hatch can be had in the early spring.