Another excellent week of fishing in our area. This week a 30.5" rainbow!! Beautiful fish. Take a little time to run through the photos this year. The fish are exceptional. We suspect that it may be part of the benefit of the higher releases for a longer period this year which result in larger releases of mysis shrimp into the flats. The quality of the fish attests to the exceptional food source and perhaps the past year explains some of the the reason with some of these hofers in particular putting on such a growth spurt.
The word is getting out with a lot of visitors coming up over the weekend. It is great to see so many fishermen enjoying the opportunity.
Another great development for Basalt this year is the decision of the US Fly fishing team to conduct their Rocky Mountain Final here in the first weekend in May. The event is being hosted by the Chamber and the Town of Basalt and they are to be congratulated for being involved in such a prestigious event. You can find out more about the team on their website.
There will be a requirement for judges and assistants during the competition and therefore shortly a call will be going out for anyone interested in assisting alongside some of the best competitive fishermen in the country. The winners from here will participate in the nationals where the team for the world titles will be chosen. 2 of our guides from Durango will be participating including our head guide Brian Capsay who was in the US team for 8 years.
Current Flow: below the Dam 91cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The weather this week was a little changeable with some colder light snow blowing in over the weekend. Nothing much was left of the ground with the temperatures remaining above 32. The fishing was excellent as attested by the magnificent specimen caught this week on the flats and noted above. The forecast for the next few days is for more possible snow and colder weather but provided one dresses appropriately the fishing will be worth it.
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 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.