The Christmas season is upon us. This past week we were blessed with a little more snow (7") and a lot of cold weather. The low flows in the Pan have contributed to a little anchor ice, particularly lower down. But it is good that we have a growing snow pack. Additional snow is expected this week so the cloud cover should keep the temperature in the mid 20's which is relatively comfortable out on the river. So if you are up here for the holidays, there should be some nice hatches and good fishing to anticipate.
All the best to you all for Christmas and the New Year. We trust you and your families all travel safely and have an enjoyable holiday. We will be at the Denver Fly Fishing Show on 4 - 6th January so we look forward to seeing those of you close by who may venture into the show. We will have representatives from all shops present. Cameron will be talking about the Frying Pan. Mike Keither will be talking about the South Platte and Brian Capsay is coming up to talk on the Durango area and the San Juan on the Sunday. So we look forward to seeing you there.
Meanwhile all the best for the holidays.
The continued snow has built the base a little in the shaded areas. However there hasn't been enough snow to make access anywhere an issue. The cloudy days have not been so cold as to slow down the bug activity too much. There are still a few BWO's out on cloudy days and midges.
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).
The cold change has brought on winter conditions with the fish seeking lower deeper sections except where they are below the redds. 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. The colder changes haven't quite hit the colorado yet. Zack and Cam had some good days out this past week as the photos attest.
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.