A little more snow fell again this week and the temperature fell for a day or so making it quite cold. The weather pattern was similar to the previous week with the warm weather returning over the weekend. It was a very comfortable and pleasant Sunday in the mid 60's. Next week may not run the same way. The forecast is for a few more snow showers and then the temperatures remaining lower as the week progresses.
The fishing has been magnificent over the past few days. They took advantage of BWO and midge hatches to feed well into the afternoons when the sun we high. The colder overnight temperatures put the hatches off until the sun has a chance to warm things a little and then so long as the sun is on the water the fish will feed. As the temperature falls and the sun sinks lower, once the shade comes over the water the temperature drops quite quickly.
The 13" of snow which fell this week added to base on the mountains augering well for a good start to the ski season in a little under a month. Surprising this week there were quite a few visitors in town fishing and taking in the colors. The beautiful weather certain brought out a lot of the locals to take advantage of the autumn warmth which will be gone soon enough.
If you are considering coming up over the week check the weather and dress for cold and possibly wet conditions. The fishing will be excellent but there is no point in being uncomfortable and underdressed.
Current Flow: below the Dam 90cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
Another weekend of excellent dry fly fishing after the cold and snow earlier in the week passed. As we move into mid to late autumn, dress for cold weather and be prepared to take off clothing as the day warms. The fishing was excellent this weekend with the fish taking dries from late morning through to mid afternoon. They took mostly olive bodied dries but did take grey parachute adams at times. Generally there was a mixture of BWO's and midges with intermittent dun mayflies coming off. On Sunday the fish were a little more selective eschewing larger flies requiring smaller patterns such as the #18 and #20 thorax bwo and smaller adams and female adams.
This is the favorite time of year for many of the locals with the fish agressively taking flies off the surface as they sense the impending onset of winter. The fish generally sat under the surface in feeding lanes taking the naturals aggressively rather than just sipping. It was great fishing. The coming week promises more of the same but with the risk of it getting colder again, it will be a matter of checking the weather. After several days of warm weather and good hatches, the cold will slow down the midges and bwo's and it will take a little while for the fish to get back into the rhythmn of things. So ring the shop for an update if you are thinking of coming up.
Recommended Flies:There is good fishing now on midges and BWO's.
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 - 350cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork spiked to 400 cfs during the early part of the week when some snow and rain at lower elevations fell bringing some colder less comfortable weather. But it has settled back again and was in excellent condition this weekend. With the forecast for possible colder weather and maybe some more snow/rain, check the weather if you are picking a time to come up..
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing using stonefly 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.