The weatherman was pretty accurate with his end of week forecast of snow. We awoke Saturday morning to winter conditions, snow on the ground, grey skies and the threat of more snow. Not enough snow to cause any difficulties at our elevation, but the ski slopes have benefitted from 6" and now have a nice base of 30". Nothing like Wolf Creek with 147" on snow so far and a base of 65"!!
With the weather closing in we are definitely into winter fishing for the moment although the forecast is for some clear warmer days later this week. After the weather clears on Monday it will be clear and sunny for the next week with temperatures in the mid thirties during the day. However as the sun sets lower the snow which has fallen now will remain where there is shade all day in the narrow Frying Pan Valley. So with some relatively warm days, the midge hatches should be good and as we haven't yet experienced the seriously cold weather yet there should still be some BWO's coming off intermittently.
The latest snow pushed up the inflows to Ruedi a little so that at 87cfs and some higher flows earlier in the week, the level of Ruedi is keeping relatively steady around 80% full being 3000 acre feet more than at the same time last year. This is excellent for the colder months allowing the Bureau to increase the flows when necessary to prevent anchor ice and protect the fish.
The fishing this week was excellent and a few photos evidences the quality of the fish being taken.
Current Flow: below the Dam 91cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
As the weather turned colder during the week it required one to dress for winter weather in a serious fashion. The snow, though didn't slow down the quality of the fishing. The winter midge hatches haven't started in earnest yet so when it is colder the best result are from nymphing with midge larva, baetis and eggs.
With the current snow passing through it is predicted that the weather will clear and be in 30's and fine over then next week. This will afford some nice midge hatches and a few BWO's coming off. So wee are looking forward to another good week out.
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 - 304cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
Despite a little snow and some colder weather, the edges of the river are relatively clear and accessible. 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.