The lower river will become more important to consider as we move into March. Access will become easier, early season mayflies will begin to appear, streamer patterns will be attractive to post-spawning rainbows, big stonefly nymphs will always be candidates for excellent fishing, and midge life cycle patterns will work. Realize the further east (upstream) you venture on the river, the more likely access will be difficult because of shore ice and snow pack. Candidate locations to give the lower ‘Fork a try, you ask? Consider off Cottonwood Drive below St. Anthony, around the Fun Farm Bridge and upstream on the west side road to the Hooray Ranch, below the Vernon Bridge, around Seeley’s. At Seely’s, Nedrow’s, and other locations, please respect private property. Access to the river through properties such as these are privileges granted by generous land owners. If you see them, consider thanking them and do everything possible to show them you appreciate their generosity.