Snow arrived early this year. We awoke several mornings ago to a sprinkling of snow on the ground and more snow higher up. It was cold for several days requiring an additional layer of clothing and some healthy heavy footwear. The weatherman was accurate in his projection this past week. Given that the prediction for the coming week is generally warming weather with temperatures in the mid 60's one fervently hopes he remains accurate.
It funny how cold it felt when in reality it was not nearly as cold as winter. It is just that the unexpected arrival and the lack of preparation was quite a wake up. Instantly talk turned to winterizing, getting the heat tapes working and getting the final tasks such as blowing out irrigation pipes completed sooner rather than later.
The coming week therefore promises a return to more usual autumn weather. The colors continue to change and the fishing remains excellent. Given the promise of warmer weather, it would be an excellent week to come up for a little fishing before the end of the season.
Current Flow: below the Dam 300cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The colder weather certainly provided a little discomfort for several days, but the prediction of warmer weather in the coming week makes for a more pleasant outlook and some more good fishing. The colors continue to change and consequently leaves litter the river when there is any wind. Generally though conditions are good with continuing good hatches of midges, BWO's a few PMDs and the odd straggling drake.
Recommended Flies:There is good fishing now on PMD's, midges and BWO's. The drakes are slowing down now but the patterns still work.
For PMD dries use the Sparkle Comparadun #16-#18, Thorax PMD #16 - #18, AK's Melon Quill, AK's Parachute Red Quill, Rusty Spinner's, Pink Cahill, Lawson's No Hackles. In addition use emergers and nymphs when there is not much surface activity.
Even though the drakes have slowed down, using a drake as an indicator with a small BWO dry behind will work well and the fish will take the drake from time to time.
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.
Current Flow: near Emma - 628cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The water is in excellent condition and is falling a little again. On the warmer mornings the midges are coming off well and the BWO as the day progresses. Ideal conditions now persist the full length of the Fork. There is good streamer fishing on float trips in the afternoons as the big browns are beginning to move into position and color up. As the weather cools a little this week the hatches will intensify, particularly if some cloud cover rolls through.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing using drake, stonefly and baetis nymphs. In the mornings rusty spinners, and in the afternoons progress to caddis and baetis nymphs. Try streamers as well.
Recommended Flies: Big stonefly nymphs, rubberleg patterns, with small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.
The best rig is a big rubberleg first followed by a smaller emerger baetis or maybe nymph around #18 fished deep down.