The weatherman was accurate in his forecast for a little rain and possible snow during the week. It rained during the day and snowed a little at night leaving a few inches on the ground on Sunday. With minimal snow forecast over the coming week and temperatures remaining in the mid 40's a few days of clear weather and the snow will melt off where the sun shines. Although we had little snow down along the river the ski slopes report 28" of snow this past week so that is a welcome development as the skiing has been poor on ice and revealed rocks. Few locals are venturing out onto the slopes. Instead many were waiting for the snow pack to build into February. This weeks snow has made the difference so it is good news.
It is very quiet in town at the moment. However there have been quite a few visitors making the journey up from the front range. We got a lot of calls during the week in response to the photos from last week and have posted some more great ones from this past few days. The fishing has been excellent and the quality of the fish unlines the reputation of the Frying Pan at this time of year.
After some overnight snow there were few fishermen out on the river today. But the fishing was excellent again with midges coming off nicely and some great dry fly action on very small parachute adams and black adult midges.
There is also great fishing on the Fork with the fish taking the usual range of flies for this time of year including golden stones attractors and midge emergers.
Next week we will be at the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset New Jersey so there won't be the report on Sunday. But feel free to ring the shop if you have any questions. The fish will still be hungry.
Current Flow: below the Dam 91cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
A little snow, wind and colder weather this week slowed down the activity on the rivers for a day or so. The wind offered the greatest challenge blowing the bugs off the surface. But by week's end, a little snow on the ground, the parting clouds revealing blue sky, the fair weather fishermen staying indoors and the fishing was excellent.
The coming week should be generally clear with temperatures remaining in the mid 40's making days out on the river decidedly pleasant. So if you have a chance, dress for cold weather and take a few hours off. The sun is getting higher now and as a result the direct sun on the surface of the river is making a lot more streches of the Pan warm during the days. The bugs are hatching nicely affording good fishing now in the top several miles of the river.
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. Cameron has commented on the number of locals who have taken the opportunity to get out onto the Colorado wade fishing over the past warm days. The low water has made wading access excellent.
Recommended Flies: Stonefly nymphs, rubberleg patterns, with midges, eggs, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.