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For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River for the week ended 1st December 2013
December again! How time flies. We trust you had a safe and good Thanksgiving. The good news is that it is less than 4 weeks until the days start getting longer.
Some nice weather again this week bringing on some more great BWO and midge hatches. It was pleasant with temperatures in the mid 30's and bright blue skies. This weekend it was very quiet on the river so we had most of the action to ourselves. The overnight temperatures have been well below freezing with the clear night, consequently the ponds are freezing over. The bald eagles are here for the winter. I see one every morning as the sun comes up.
But I suspect the nice relatively warm days are over for a little as the temperature is predicted to fall over the coming week with accompanying snow. Next Friday is predicting a high of 16degrees!! That will shut down the bugs. So I guess we will have seen the last of the BWO's now for a while.
Still we are looking forward to some more snow to really build the snowpack for next year. The sooner it arrives and freezes the better. So I suspect it will be too cold a change for the bugs over the coming week, so stay indoors and get used to the cold! Time enough and it will be dry fly fishing with #28 midges on the flats!
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Some great fishing this week in the relatively warm mild late autumn weather. The BWO are still coming off nicely in the sun and will until a burst of cold weather slows them down. There were also several caddis coming off. Certainly the last for the season. The coming week is predicted to be snowy and very cold by Friday. So take off a few days and let the bugs settle down for their cold winter cycle.
Recommended Flies:Use eggs, midges and BWO's.
For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BUV mysis.
The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try Wilson's Reverse Candy Cane #20, red and black chironocones #20, nick's larva in miracle pink, olive, and purple back, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, rainbow warriors, black polywings #18 - #22 and bling midges # 18 - #22.
In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, black cdc midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.
The browns are on the redds now so fish below for the rainbows taking the eggs drifting downstream.
Current Flow: near Emma - 292cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
Good fishing reports from the Fork with egg and baetis patterns. The clear conditions made for some nice days during the past week. However with a prediction of cold weather in the coming week everything will change. So getting ready for the cold. As soon as it hits the fish will slow down dramatically.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either attractor patterns down deep. Alternatively stoneflies with eggs or baetis.
The condition of the Colorado is now excellent with good reports in the clear conditions. Egg patterns, baetis, attractors and streamers are all working. The coming week will bring a cold snap so let things settle down. The Colorado will fish a little better in the wide sections where the sun shines most of the day.
Recommended Flies: Generally the way to go is nymphing with small baetis, the FPA sparkle baetis, sparkle rs2's and biot emergers. For stonefly nymphs use the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher, rubberleg patterns such as Mike's BTB Coffee/Black and the Halloween Speckled Girdle Bug, with midges, eggs, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.
Check out the new article How to choose a fly rod.
The 2013 Nationals were held in Basalt on the 4 - 6 October.
Check out the photos and
Our head Guide at the San Juan Angler in Durango, Brian Capsay finished this year in 5th place in the National Rankings.
Another great year for him.
Basalt Phone Number: (970) 927 3441
Small Flies. You like small flies? We have put our current inventory of flies #22 - #32 on line. Have a look at our inventory and see what you like.
We will post an order to you if you need some small midges for the coming winter season.
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