The weather has been excellent over the Thanksgiving break. With temperatures in the mid 40's and blue skies it is perfect late autumn weather. The lack of clouds means that the overnight temperatures have been dropping into the 20's and it takes a while for the sun to warm things in the morning to get the midges hatching. But once the hatch is on, the fish have been feeding well on dries, emergers and nymphing.
The great weather brought out a number of fishermen over the weekend to enjoy the late autumn conditions. The browns are up on the redds now.
The weather for the coming week is predicted to be similar with possibly one or two days where there might be some snow. But if the temperatures stay in the 40's it will more likely be rain lower down but snow on the ski slopes.
So if you are considering coming up, the weather looks perfect and will offer a good opportunity to get onto the river before winter makes its appearance. It is only a matter of time.
Current Flow: below the Dam 92cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The fishing was very pleasant this week with warm days and clear skies. The fish rose to emergers and dries as the days progressed but the bigger fish tend to keep a little lower and require nymphing to get to them. The relatively warm conditions have meant that fishing remains excellent all the way down past the 4 mile mark. This enables one to access many spots where there are no other fishermen at all.
Cameron, Mark and Mike have all reported some excellent days out on the river and have given us a few photos this week as evidence.
So if you have a mind to come up and enjoy some great later autumn fishing the weather in the coming week looks perfect. Just dress for winter weather but as you can see from the photo of Cam, there is little snow about and he didn't have to dress particularly heavily for his day out. But don't take chances.
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 - 323cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The clearer weather has kept the river free of ice and snow and maintained excellent water conditions. With the browns up on the redds now fish below them with eggs, streamers and other attractors as the fish feed on eggs drifting down. But leave the fish on the redds alone to do their best for next years fingerlings.There has been some good fishing in side channels as well as nymphing, particularly with eggs below the redds.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing using stonefly and baetis nymphs. Try egg patterns and streamers as well.
The water conditions on the Colorado are excellent at the moment with excellent clarity and BWO hatches coming off on the relatively warmer days. There will be good fishing until we get a final cold spell which slows down the hatches.
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.