Another changeable week, weatherwise. It is certainly an unpredictible spring. Although one must give thanks that we aren't suffering as others are with hurricanes and wildfires. One day it is snowing and the next it is relatively warm. The weatherman has certainly been keeping us on the edge of our seats.
The coming week promises more unsettled weather ranging from rain to snow to below freezing overnight temperatures. thos hoping for a more settled spring will be sorely dissappointed. But the fishing will be excellent as it was this week. The Pan had some great hatches as well as the Fork. Curtis and Sheri were up again this week and reported excellent dry fly fishing with BWO on the Fork near Basalt. The Pan fished similarly with great midge hatches as well as some BWO's. So embrace the unsettled weather. It is great for the fishing.
As we enter the last week for skiing on the last mountain open (Highlands) the Skico is already announcing its new dates for the next season. We have spring, summer and autumn fishing to enjoy, so we are not fussed. We will put away the skis and enjoy the lengthening days, the warming sun, the leaves, the grass and the life that comes with a new season. Enough of the winter for the moment. Enough!
So as we enter the quiet period between the winter traffic and summer tourism, some of the best fishing of the season is there to be enjoyed. The fish are beginning to move about. Generally they remain in the quieter sections where the energy expediture relatively to a healthy serving of midges and BWO's will be positive. They won't be in the faster section fighting the current until the food supplies justifies the effort to be expended. That will be soon, particularly when the stone flies start rolling about in great numbers.
So enjoy the fishing before the crowds turn up. This weeks photos attest to the quality fishery we have in our backyard.
Current Flow: below the Dam 246cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The releases continue to run at an unseasonally high rate being almost twice the median, and Ruedi continues to fall as evidences by its level. It seems that the Bureau took their eye off the ball this year, though the flows are good for the fish and are helping clear the river a little. One trusts that this obvious miscalculation is aberrant.
The higher flow has shifted the fish about and relocated them relative to the midge and BWO hatches. The fishing was excellent during the week both near the dam and lower down on dries as the changeable weather brought on midge hatches and BWO's. Generally the fishing was excellent but it was a matter of attempting to match the hatch on some days.
The coming week promises a mixture of rain, snow and maybe some clear weather with temperatures in the 50's. This augers well for more great fishing although those wanting a few bright sunny days to indicate that something resembling spring has arrived will have their patience tested.
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 quality of the Fork has remained excellent up near Basalt although generally it is not great below Carbondale. Curtis reported some excellent dry fly fishing around Basalt this weekend on BWO's. The Fork is beginning to color up just a little as the temperatures have remained relatively warm and have permitting the runoff to continue apace. With the flow now over 500cfs, the floating conditions from Basalt are excellent and justify one putting in higher up the Fork. However, take care to call the shop and check on water conditions as the week progresses because unless we get an overnight freeze, additional snow and rain will lift the flow further.
Below Carbondale, the conditions will not justify the effort, so don't bother to stop there unless there are reports of overnight freezing and evidence that the flow is falling. All indications at the moment are that there won't be any freeze sufficient to bring down the flows from the Crystal.
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.
The Colorado has blown out. Don't bother stopping. Just turn onto HIghway 82 and come up to Basalt.