For Week ending 30th January 2005
The weather has been great for the last week. We got some snow on Fryiday morning which was great for the ski fields and adds to the snow pack. There has been a lot more fishing activity this week. The reports of the fishing on the Frying Pan were good with a range of flies working. So if you are coming to the area for a spot of skiing, bring your rod. And if you forget, we have equipment available.
Current Flow: below the Dam 74 cfs. (if you want more up to date figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
With the warmer weather the river is clearer of ice. Mysis continued to succeed close to the dam. Generally try size #18 and #20. Harry has been having success with the sparkle baetis #20 we have tied for the shop. He also reports success with a #24 bwo cripple and #22 cutwing olive. Other success was reported during the week on micro eggs trailed with a black biot emerger. This morning Sean Stepanoff of Arvarda and his buddy Nick DeBruyne of Portland Oregon had a great time towards the Dam. Sean is an old pro and has been fishing here for years. He reported an 8lb brown on a #22 grey RS2 flashback. However, Nick a newcomer to fly fishing got the honors with his first large trout of 61/2 lbs measuring 23 inches on a #22 green baetis emerger.
Eggs and midge larva continued to work as well in the deeper holes with plenty of weight. Streamers down deep continue to get results with the big browns as the fry emerge.
Recommended Flies: The fish are generally in the deeper holes so take your time to look at the river structure. With the young fry beginning to emerge, try streamers near the bottom in the deeper slower holes. Look to see if any midges are hatching. If so try parachute midges or adults size #20 and smaller; put an emerger dropper behind the parachute; also try small emergers; olive biot emergers, size #20 and #22. If the bugs are not coming off then try dark olive pheasant tails size #20 and #22; midges, size #20 and smaller both red and black lava and pupa patterns. Use lava first down deep. If the fish are prepared to move up in the water column try the pupas – disco midges red and black sizes #20 - #24; egg patterns #10 - #18. With midges try and be very accurate as the fish won't move far laterally.
Current Flow: near Emma at Basalt 233cfs. (if you want more up to date figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The fishing again has been best closer to Basalt. The reports from further down valley were not as encouraging. Use bigger midges which are are working (red and black size #16) as well as prince nymphs. Success was also reported with eggs and midge droppers. Fish with plenty of weight seeking slow and deep drift to get down to the fish. With the fry emerging, streamers down deep are working as well.
Recommended Flies: same as the Frying Pan. In addition try the prince nymph #14 and #16 and #18; carrot nymph #18; red copper john #20; gold ribbed hare’s ear #16 and #18; 20 incher stone #10 - #14;; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #10 (on some days); autumn splendor #4 - 8; bead head pops bugger olive #6.
On the Colorado fly fishing is beginning to pick up but the reports are still patchy. Fish deep with nymphs, streamers and eggs - stone fly nymphs sizes #8 through #12. The 20 incher is always productive. In view of the emergence of small fry, try streamers in the seams between the faster and slower water down low. Try sizes #6 and #8 and smaller.
Recommended Flies: Bead head pheasant tails #16, 18; Blue Wing Olives #18,20; bead head prince nymph red #12 - 16; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #6 and #8 and smaller;