With an additional 17" of snow reported on the ski fields, there was no evidence of it down valley except for some drizzle and some sleet. The warmer temperatures ensured that there was more melting than accumulation during the week. Its too early to call it mud season because undoubtedly we will get some more snow and some cold. But it has certainly been warm when the sun has been out and the rivers are opening up nicely.
The coming week is predicted to be similar with higher temperatures and possible further snow in higher attitudes. Today was quite windy and if this continues for a while it will certainly contribute to the melting with the relatively warm temperatures.
Another week of good fishing with more fisherman getting out on the Fork as well as the Colorado. The Pan fished well with good ongoing hatches of midges and BWO's. With the spring break approaching we would be expecting more traffic eon the rivers shortly.
The rock slide which occurred on I-70 in Glenwood canyon threatened to close off traffic for a while. Fortunately they have opened the road again so now there is a lane open in each direction. It will be a little slow driving through the canyon while repairs are carried out so leave yourself a little more time it you are driving in that way.
The latest news on the rafting Bill HB1188 is that there is a hearing of the Judicial Committee of the Senate on Monday. We will see what the next move is after that.
Current Flow: below the Dam 70cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
Sunday was particularly windy making for some interesting fishing on the Pan. The narrow valley funneled the wind through so that by the time it got near the dam it threatened to blow fishermen over on the more extreme gusts. It certainly made casting difficult with the better approach to just fish downwind. There were a reasonable number of fishermen along the river, but generally it is still very empty affording ample opportunity for access.
The fishing continues to be excellent with midges and BWO's coming off intermittently. The hatches are still predominantly midges but the BWO's are becoming more regular. Gary reported good BWO hatches a little lower down the Pan on Sunday.The coming week promises a little more of the same weather with possibilities of some more snow and rain but generally with temperatures remaining relatively comfortable the snow or rain will just improve the fishing with BWO's coming off. As the sun gets higher more and more of the river is getting good exposure sufficient to clear the snow off the banks in most of the south facing areas. So even if there is a little rain or it is overcast pay no heed except to ensure you have your cold, wet weather gear so you don't become uncomfortable.
Recommended Flies: The longer days are beginning to be noticed as the sun stays above the high surrounding peaks a little longer each day. If the sun is out try and stay in the light. But if it is heavy and overcast it makes little difference.
There are mostly midge hatches but a few BWO's are starting to come off internittently near the dam. The fish will take tiny baetis nymphs like tiny pheasant tails if they see them enough. So try small black and olive patterns #24 and #26 as well as brassies to get them down.
The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try WD-40's #20, red and black chironocones #20, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, black polywings #18 - #22 and garcia's rojo midges # 18 - #22. Mike reported great success this week on smaller black midges such as the miracle midge.
As they come off try the gray loopwing emergers #20 - #22, the FPA special emergers, biot emergers both with and without the trailing shuck and gray RS2's #18 - #22. In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, suspended midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26, loopwing emergers #20 - #22 and FPA special emergers #20 - #26.
Current Flow: near Emma - 229cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
A lot more fishermen are getting out on to the Fork now as the days are longer and the warm week ensured that there was no build-up of snow along the edges. It is easy to access the water. With spring almost upon us the stonefly nymphs are rolling around a little as well as plenty of midges and some BWO's.
Despite the snow and rain during the week the level has remained consistent indicating no increased pace in any run-off at the moment. A week of warm weather may change that, but so far it seems that the coming week will be similar to the week just gone.It’s a great time to get out onto the Fork now with the banks clear and the fish starting to move about and feeding nicely.
Recommended Flies: The midges are getting more prolific and larger as we approach spring. In addition to midges, the stone fly nymphs are starting to move about in the water. The most reliable results now will be nymphing with eggs, princes, midge emergers, hare's ears, 20 inchers and other attractor patterns.
Some more good reports from Ed and Mike this week floating on the Colorado. The wind on Friday made rowing a bit of a challenge but apart from that the fishing is strong both nymphing and on dries.
Cameron and Mike have been getting into some nice dry fly action and report it is just getting better. The predominant flies are small midges, baetis and attractors. For dries the BWO's are coming off so try #18 -#20 parachute Adams as well as BWO patterns.
Recommended Flies: eggs, attractors, stonefly nyphs, baetis nymphs and midges.