Only 8 inches of snow in the past week and the weather is warming quite quickly. In just the past few days with the temperature getting into the high 40's the snow is starting to melt off and the ground is thawing sufficiently to absorb some of the moisture. We have had a little wind as well and that will melt the snow even faster. There is a prediction for some snow over the next few days so we will see how reliable that forecast is. But with temperatures predicted to be in the 40's it may snow at higher levels but it will more likely be rain or sleet lower down.
We are getting good fishing reports all over this week. From up near Aspen all the way to Glenwood the Fork has been fishing well. The Pan has had fishermen along its length this week. And the Colorado is also fishing well. Many are reporting going into areas which have had little traffic this year and finding the fish to be exceedingly willing to feed.
The spring break is almost upon us so we are expecting a few more visitors in town shortly. The skiing has been excellent but the last few days, the wind and the warmth have rendered some of the slopes a little icy, so unless we get a good drop it will prove hard on the legs. So if you do get a little tired come down valley and spend some time on the river.
Current Flow: below the Dam 70cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
Some more good fishing this week with midges and BWO's coming off. The fish are taking a variety of flies at the moment from larger parachute adams down to very small #28 as well as midge patterns such as the FPA special emerger #22, small pheasant tails, and small gray biot emergers. The fish are certainly leader shy at the moment, in the slower water particularly when the sun is out.
We are seeing a few more visitors on the river as the days get a little warmer. Over the weekend there were quite a few cars along the road and along the access to the dam. There are now a few fishermen at the seven castles area enjoying success. So the river offers good fishing its whole length.In the coming week it is predicted that there will be a little more snow but with the temperatures predicted in the 40's it won't last long and will more than likely be rain or sleet.
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 - 227cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
There is good fishing the full length of the Fork now from Aspen down. Mike reported excellent fishing near Aspen on midge emergers and attractors during the week. There were other good reports closer to Basalt where the fish were taking stoneflies and midges.
With the weather having warmed and melted a little there is no evidence so far of an increased flow with the water running around 230cfs at Basalt. But we are fast approaching spring and so with a few more warm days, one would expect the flows to begin to pick up a little, particularly if we have much snow.
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.
We had some more good fishing reports along the Colorado this week with Jake, Ed, Mike and Cameron all getting into some nice fishing. The predominant flies are small midges, baetis and attractors.
Recommended Flies: eggs, attractors, stonefly nyphs, baetis nymphs and midges.