What a change in the weather! Yesterday it was in the mid sixty degrees and windy. Today it is cold, snowing and 30 degrees. There were a lot of fishermen out on the river yesterday, particularly on the Roaring Fork around Basalt. The high winds and heat blew out the Crystal rendering the Fork below Carbondale unfishable while the Colorado was also dirty. So the big question is whether this cold snap will stop the melt in its tracks for a day or so. The forecast is for this to pass tonight with the temperatures back in the mid 40's tomorrow and the temperatures thereafter to remain above freezing over night for the rest of the week.
Current Flow: below the Dam 135cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
During the week there were excellent midge hatches and in the warmer weather some BWO's coming off. It appears that the current change will be done tomorrow and so in the coming week with a few cloudy days and the possibility of some rain with temperatures persisting in the 40's to 50's during the day, the fishing should be excellent.
Recommended Flies: There is good fishing now on both midges and BWO's. The principal hatches are midges, but the BWO's are building in intensity.
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. Try the parachute BWO and the thorax patterns.
Yesterday is was in the 60's with high winds. The Crystal has blown so unless we get a really cool change fast, the lower Fork will be done now as the run-off gathers pace. Today it is colder and as I write, a storm has blown in and there is a covering of snow on the ground with the wind blowing it sideways. A few trees have already come down along the road indicating the ferocity of the wind gusts. But it is not very cold. And the Crystal looks worse now than it did this morning. So with the temperatures unlikely to fall below freezing and to return to mid 40's to mid 50's over the next few days, the best bet would be to come up to Basalt and fish the Roaring Fork from there. At the moment the flow has jumped 100cfs in 24 hours, so if it holds there the water will clear. But if it keeps rising, it will color up further. So the best advice is to ring the shop and inquire as to the state of the lower Fork if you are on your way up.
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 has blown out. Don't bother stopping. Just turn onto HIghway 82 and come up to Basalt.