I fished the Spokane this afternoon from 1:30-4:00 and encountered some fairly good fishing for this time of year. This is the third time I have fished the river in the last couple of weeks, and unlike the previous trips, I could not get the fish to respond to small midge pupa patterns fished deep in the water column. Red has been the most productive color this winter for me on the Spokane, but today the only fish to take a pupa imitation took a small black one (sz.18). There was a moderate hatch of a number of different sizes of midges, all very small ranging in size from a 20/22 down to what appeared to be a 26. I saw no visible rises and water temps were still very cold (36-37), so I fished the slower back eddies as the river is still high even though it has come down some the past few days. The key was getting down to where the fish were holding, as I hooked all the fish down near the bottom in about 8 ft of water. Of the six fish hooked (five landed), all but one took a pattern I tested today for the first time. It is a derivation of the Prince nymph except the body is tied with Pearl Ice Dubbing with a blue wire for the rib and peacock ice dub for the thorax. The fish responded well to it, although I am not sure why. One of the fish caught was a nice cutthroat of about 14 inches (the rest were rainbows between 8-15 inches). The weather was beautiful today and I even got a bit of a burn on my face. If you are in the area, I recommed getting out to fish the river as it has been fishing fairly well of late.