The coming week promises some changeable winter weather with the possibility of some snow. This means some snow on the slopes and some good fishing though it will be colder than it has been for the last week. With 10" of snow having fallen at higher elevations this past week, the slopes have been augmented a little in anticipation of the holiday week when the number of visitors swells dramatically into the Christmas holiday.
Interestingly the flow at Meredith has been rising so it is now a little over 300cfs compared to the releases at 91cfs. The Bureau did increase the outflows a little this week in response to the increased inflows which wre raising the level of Ruedi. It means there will be an ample supply of water for release by the Bureau when (if) the colder weather ultimately arrives. With the storage level now being 4000 acre feet above the level at the same time last year, there is a nice buffer for releases.
So if you are coming up for the Christmas week, and don't consider that the skiing will be up to par, take off a little time and come out on the river for a half day. The fishing will be great.
Current Flow: below the Dam 91cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
As we approach the shortest day, the window for fishing on the sun on the pan narrows. The best approach now is to get out onto the river near the flats just before the sun hits the water and fish until a little while after the sun moves behind the peaks. Then follow the sun down river until mid afternoon.
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.