It's the depth of winter on the river but as I ventured out, I found myself in the middle of a dry fly hatch - first of February. The hatch was already going on when I arrived bank side at 11 am. My intent was to euro nymph a couple of my favorite spots but it soon became evident that either my technique was off or the fish were just wanting to come to the surface, for tiny black midges. The size of fly that was working was a 22 midge pupa with ultra light leader and tippet. I even noticed some of the big boys coming up after these mid winter delicacies. It was noticed earlier in the week some large sized squawla stone fly nymphs lumbering around under the rocks. This first significant hatch should come off later this month and if the water is right, it could be some of the best fishing on the "O" so far this year. Stay tuned...If I were going to the river today I would defiantly have in my box an assortment of midge patterns, size 20 - 22, 6 - 7x tippet would be mandatory at this stage. Flows are at summer levels right now as the snow pack is above normal, so be careful wading. Tight Lines!