We are a day late in our report this week because we attended the Somerset Fly Fishing Show in New Jersey. Another 15" of snow over the past week on the ski slopes continues to augment the snow pack. There was another cold snap over the weekend which has resulted in some ice floating down both the Fork and the Colorado on Monday and Tuesday. But it is clearing now.
The X games are coming to town this week so we are expecting a few more visitors out on the rivers. The weather should be great with the forecast for temperatures in the 30's to 40's over the coming week. With the temperatures in the 40's the snow will get hard and icy on the lower runs and result in tired legs which will find their way down valley for a rest in the river. There is nothing light blue Colorado skies and warm days to get people out after a week or two of cloudy gray weather.
We enjoyed the Somerset show and made a lot of new friends in the process. It is remarkable how many fishermen had traveled out to Montana, Idaho and Wyoming but had never thought of coming down to Colorado. It is an indictment of the Colorado fishing industry that they have never sought to promote the state adequately in the minds of potential visitors from the east. On one view, perhaps there has been a desire to keep much of the great fishing below the radar. We heard the comment more than once that people had never seen a Colorado fly shop at the Somerset show. That's probably not completely accurate, but this year there were at least 4 Colorado flyfishing representatives there and that augers well for future interest in the state.
Current Flow: below the Dam 77cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
Another week of good fishing with the weekend getting a good drop of snow on Saturday. By Sunday it had begun to clear and now we are looking at a relatively clear week with the forecast of clear skies and temperatures in the 30's to 40's through the weekend.
The midge hatches are coming off nicely and with the warmer weather, the longer it persists the baetis will start moving about into February. So for the coming week, expect very pleasant weather, bright skies, nice hatches and the necessity of very light tippet and small dries if fishing on the surface. Midge larva and egg patterns will still work well sub-surface.
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.
The Colorado cleared of ice last week bnut another cold snap over the weekend put some more ice in the river. But with the weather turning warmer from now into the weekend it will clear and be great fishing over the next few days.
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.
Another cold snap over the weekend and some more snow has put some more ice in the river. But with the weather turning warmer from now into the weekend it will clear and be great fishing over the next few days.