Another unseasonally warm week with no snow, good fishing and minimal cover on the ski slopes. Although there are reports that the snow up high on the slopes is OK, the lack of any moisture during the week and the continuing dry spell is causing a little heartburn. Some years back when the season started similarly the ski company was feeding its employees because of the lack of work on the mountains. It is the same this year. This may change over the coing week with the forecast indicating the possibility of snow over the next day and perhaps later in the week as well. We shall see. But it will surely be welcome.
The fishing of course has been excellent in the conditions with reports from the Pan to the Colorado all good. However, right now we need snow and moisture to freeze the ground and lay the base for a decent snowfall for next season.
The conditions from last week persist with the warm clear weather and colder nights keeping the conditions very cold in the morning but very pleasant in the sun as it warms the day. The best fishing is in the direct sun for a few hours from late morning until early afternoon. The fish are taking midges and small bwos both dries and emergers.
Recommended Flies:Use midges and BWO's.
For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BUV mysis.
The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try Wilson's Reverse Candy Cane #20, red and black chironocones #20, nick's larva in miracle pink, olive, and purple back, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, rainbow warriors, black polywings #18 - #22 and bling midges # 18 - #22.
In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, black cdc midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.
Current Flow: near Emma - 201cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
With the mild consistent weather the flows in the Fork have remained clear and level. The fishing has been strong both nymphing and on streamers.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing but with bwo's still coming off in the afternoons, there are a range of options.
In the morning midges, baetis nymphs and BWO emergers.
For nymphing using attractors, midge larvae and emergers, stonefly, pmd, baetis nymphs and emergers. As the day progresses small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well.
For the stone fly nymphs good patterns continue to include the BB FB Epoxy 20 Incher, the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher and the CTB RL Epoxy 20 Incher
With the staging underway the fishing are also taking egg patterns.
The Colorado remains in excellent condition. The mild weather created great opportunities to get out and enjoy the conditions. The best results are from nymphing and streamers. Eggs are also working.
Recommended Flies: Generally the way to go is nymphing with small baetis, the FPA sparkle baetis, sparkle rs2's and biot emergers. For stonefly nymphs use the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher, rubberleg patterns such as Mike's BTB Coffee/Black and the Halloween Speckled Girdle Bug, with midges, eggs, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.