Taunting the weather gods must work, but it took time. At last the snow has arrived. A bit pathetic with a light dusting but a reported 15inches on the mountain over the weekend was certainly welcome. It is cold as well. On the mountain last night it was 10 below while they were making snow for the upcoming X games. So now at least we stay inside with the cold and snow and think about next year. Of course after a day or so as we get used to the cold we will be out on the river enjoying the warmth of a bright sunny day and lauding the temperatures in the 20's.
The forecast is for some snow over the next several days and then back to the mid 40's and bright skies. So while the snow is here we hope it picks up pace and starts a serious snowpack. The ski co says that the base is 26". Must be one of those rulers that fishermen use!!
Still, time to celebrate some snow and the winter fishing. The cold snap will quieten everything for a day and so and then we will be back on the water.
With the snow of the last few days, the conditions have changed quickly to winter conditions. It will take a few days for things to settle and then it will be winter garb, seeking the sun on the water and concentrating on small flies. 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.