Another week of clear but cold weather. The lack of snow and bright skies has cleared much of the snow cover in the bright light. But snow does remain in the shade. I saw a vehicle driving up the access road on the far side of the flats today indicating how little snow there is on the ground. Usually by now, it is hard to get across baetis bridge and travel very far.
The lack of snow is also causing a little consternation on the ski slopes with very little good terrain open at the moment. The forecast is for clear weather for 2 days and then possible snow for a day or so followed by another week of clear sunny and warm weather. It will be a problem for the ski slopes but great for fishing and a nice day out on the river at this time of year.
There were a number of fishermen out this weekend taking in the weather and the relatively warm conditions. Once the sun goes behind the mountains though, it gets cold and requires warm clothing. The line will tend to ice a little so take the necessary ice-off to overcome that. The fish rose nicely today taking midges off the surface offering some nice dry fly activity. There was also good opportunities to nymph with the fish suspended taking the emergers.
The conditions are excellent now for a comfortable day out on the river so, if you are coming up for the holiday skiing, even though the snow looks a little thin the fishing should be great.
Current Flow: below the Dam 87cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
A cold clear week with no snow and some good fishing. With the weather generally remaining clear over the next week, the fishing will be good. There is a possibility of a little snow in the next day or so, but after that the forecast is for clear warm weather with the temperatures getting into the mid to high 30's which is quite comfortable.
The midge hatches are coming off nicely. The fish took small parachute adams #20-22, small ovlive BWO's #24 and special gray emerger's #22 - #26. It was not necessary to use anything lighter than 7x as the fish fed comfortably and didn't show much fear of the tippet.
With a few fishermen out enjoying the day, there is still plenty of places to get on to the flats in the sun. But as soon as the sun sinks below the mountains, it gets cold in the shade. So follow the sun.
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).
The edges of the river remain 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.