Another fine week of fishing with changeable weather and the promise of more such weather over the coming week. We have been busy with some school holidays bringing some more visitors to our area. This week the local schools start holidays, so one would expect more activity out on the river and on the ski slopes.
As we moving into spring, it is now only a few weeks until the ski slopes close. As the days lengthen, the melt will begin. But at the moment with the Fork at 337cfs, it seems that everything remains in abeyance at the moment. The water is pristine the higher one moves and the gradual melt of the lower elevations is clearing the edges of the waterways.
Current Flow: below the Dam 132cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
Recommended Flies: The principal flies now are midges and eggs below the redds. But the baetis nymphs are beginning to move about in the water and a few BWO's are beginning to come off in the mild weather.
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.
As they come off try the gray loopwing emergers #20 - #22, the FPA special emergers, biot emergers both with and without the trailing shuck and gray RS2's #18 - #22. In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, suspended midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26, loopwing emergers #20 - #22 and FPA special emergers #20 - #26.
As the baetis begin to move about, try small nymphs such as pheasant tails and rs2's for variety. If the BWO's begin to come off parachute adams and BWO patterns #20 - #26 will work well.
The weather cooled a little over the past week and cleared up the lower Fork nicely. The rain and snow caused the pace of the melt to slow. The Crystal is currently relatively clear but with the forecast for more rain and possible snow over the coming week, it is possible that any reasonable downpour will color up the water quickly.
So the key will be to watch the temperatures at higher elevations overnight and assess whether there has been a freeze or whether the melt during the day has continued. If you are inclined to come up, assume that the lower Fork may not be in great condition. So be prepared to head for Basalt where the water will be perfect. Ring the shop to get a more uptodate report.
Recommended Flies: The best results now are nymphing deep with eggs, attractors such a princes and hare's ears, worms, stoneflies and small baetis nymphs.
If you are floating try streamers, particularly heavier flies with enough weight to get down quickly.
The Colorado contines generally to be colored with the lower elevations continuing to melt off. Ring the shop for an uptodate report, but generally, unless the overnight temperatures have been below freezing, assume that the Colorado will continue to be colored.
Recommended Flies: As noted, the best results will be from nymphing and streamers. For nymphs try baetis and attractor nymphs as well as stones. The fish are up on the redds so fish below them with eggs and attractors.