After the cold at the beginning of the week, the weather warmed nicely fulfilling the predictions of the weatherman for temperatures in the mid 30's. However the forecast failed to accurately predict little snow later in the week. Even today, the forecast is for some snow showers which have not eventuated. This forecast persists for the next 5 days, so at some point one would expect a degree of success. We'll see.
The cold last week added a great deal of ice to the river systems with a lot of ice flowing down the Colorado early in the week. It is beginning to break up now and the fishing is improving. The Fork experienced a similar ice build up. But the Pan was its usual perfect self. The past few days has seen a exceptional number of fishermen out and about. It is great to see so many people enjoying the fishing this time of year. The coming week should bring more fishermen out. The weather will not be too cold and with the chance of cloudy days and maybe some rain or snow, there should be some great hatches to enjoy.There are several interesting local developments. It seems that there is a proposal to extend the quarrying operations in Avalanche Creek under consideration. The mining operations in this vicinity have been the source of colored run off in the past into the Crystal, the lower Roaring Fork and the Colorado. In the proposed environmental impact analysis, it will be an important consideration to ensure that potential problems in this respect are mitigated.
A report on Basalt's sales tax receipts for the past year showed an overall decrease reflecting the ongoing impact of the recession, particularly in the local building industry.
We will be going to the Fly Fishing Show at Somerset this coming week. If you are in the area, drop by and have a chat. Cameron will be giving a presentation. We would love to see you. We won't be back until early in the week so next week's report will be day or so late.
Current Flow: below the Dam 77cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
As the cold weather passed this week, more visitors returned to the Pan. The warmer weather brought on some great midge hatches affording some excellent dry fly fishing during the week. On Saturday from early in the day there were a large number of fishermen gracing the waters. So much so that indeed some patience was required to get onto the water closer to the dam.
It is now noticeable that the days are lengthening. The sun sits a little higher and shines for longer directly on the upper pan affording a little longer on the water.
The coming week promises more great fishing with the promise of cloudy weather, possible snow/rain showers. So anticipate wet winter weather and dress accordingly.
Recommended Flies: The principal flies now are midges and eggs below the redds.
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.
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.
As the weather has warmed a little and the cold snap passed, there was a lot of ice floating down the river. As the river clears it will give more access, particularly where the sun shines directly a little longer during the day, clearing the river a little.
Recommended Flies: The best results now are nymphing deep with eggs, attractors such a princes and hare's ears, worms and small baetis nymphs.
If you are floating try streamers, particularly heavier flies with enough weight to get down quickly.
The Colorado is imporving again as the ice build up breaks up and floats off clearing some access. It is fishing well with midges, some baetis nymphs and attractors and egg patterns. Streamers are also working.