Welcome to the New Year. We trust you had a good and safe Christmas and a happy new year. The fishing has been excellent due to the unseasonal warm weather and minimal snow. With the temperature in the 40's during the day it is very comfortable in the sun. The numbers of fishermen out on the flats is rivaling summertime. On several occasions I have counted more than 20 fishermen in that small area. It is certainly great to see so many out on the river enjoying these great conditions. And the forecast is that the current conditions will persist with no snow or rain predicted for the next 10 days and temperatures getting up in the high 40's.
Overnight it still gets very cold and has caused a little ice to form which disappears as the day progresses. The hatches has been varied with a lot of midges and a few BWO's coming off. The fish are taking dries nicely as well as great results nymphing on a mixture of eggs, midges and small baetis nymphs.
This great weather is not good for the ski slopes and is bringing a lot of fishermen down valley. With minimal snow and a big wind and couple of days ago, the slopes have been scoured offering little reasonable cover except where they are making snow. There are a lot of visitors in town so with the poor ski conditions, there is a big incentive to do something else and fishing is a great option.
Next week we will be in Denver at the Fly Fishing Show, so if you are about, drop by and catch up with us. Gary and Cameron will be there and with a little luck Jerome and Steve will be coming up from Durango to help out.
Current Flow: below the Dam 91cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The fishing has been excellent the conditions for fishermen ideal as the day warms to mid 40's. This time last year it was freezing. I remember fishing with Gary on the flats with the temperature at 6 degrees. The fish took a few dries but it was cold. Today, a year later in the mid 40's it was impossible to get out onto the flats and fish comfortably there were so many fishermen. The fish were not rising a great deal content to just eat the passing food as the fishermen waded about dislodging material. With the browns and hofer's still on the redds, some fishermen unfortunately were standing on top of them disturbing the spawn. It is a pity because that is the future generation of fish.
Down towards Baetis bridge, as the sun hit the water, the fish started coming up and taking dries off the surface. The best results were on a combination of a small parachute adams as an indicator with a tiny gray biot midge emerger behind. It was great fishing. And with the prediction of warm clear days over the next week, the fishing should be the same. The trick is to try and stay in the sun if you want maximum comfort and some dry fly fishing. Otherwise, rug up and enjoy the nymphing.
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 - iced-up (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The fishing has been very good of late with the fish on a typical winter dries, of eggs, worms, midge larvae, small baetis and stonefly nymphs. It is all nymphing and with the river in such great condition and minimal snow it is very accessable.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing using eggs, worms, midge larvae and emergers, stonefly and baetis nymphs.
The water conditions on the Colorado are excellent at the moment with excellent clarity and BWO hatches coming off on the relatively warmer days. The flies are the same as for the Fork with midges, eggs, worms, stones, small baetis and attractors.
Recommended Flies: Stonefly nymphs, rubberleg patterns, with midges, eggs, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.