Wow we are busy. One day Cameron counted 30 fishermen on the flats. Maybe its the fact that the stories are getting around about the fish that have been taken up there recently. Check out the photo section for proof. We haven't had any snow to speak of for a while now. The snow fields claim to have had 12" over the past week but I suspect one has to look under a rock to find it. Hard to believe. Anyway the fishing conditions have been perfect with some cloud and flat light bringing on some nice hatches during the week.
The fishing on the Fork is also good at the moment with a more detailed report below from Curtis and Sheri.
Cameron took some great shots of the Colorado during the week. One when the sky was bright and displaying the beautiful condition of the water. The other was on Sunday when cloud cover brought on a great hatch and some great dry fly activity.
The forecast is for possible snow or rain over the next 5 days, but the probability is low and therefore the most likely outcome will be cloud cover and some more great dry fly activity. The forecast for next weekend is warm weather and clear skies.
Being President's weekend, there are a lot of visitors in town, particularly on the ski slopes. It's good to see some commercial benefit for the area with the visitors at the moment. One suspects though with the relatively icy conditions, there will be amply opportunity to come down valley and enjoy some fishing.
The big question now is what the water levels will be like this coming season. Actually it is too early to tell as most of the snowfall now tends to come over the next 2 months. There is no question that the snow water equivalent is currently below average. But Ruedi is currently 72.5% full or 74217 acre/ft. At the same time last year the level was 69695 acre ft. So at the moment the level is good. It will be a matter now of seeing how much precipitation we get over the next few months.
Every now and then we like to observe upon the idiosyncracies of the fly fishing industry. Generally our observations center on the fact that it doesn't seem to operate like other commercial industries. We have another example. It seems that Simms have "decided" that they are going to "help" their retailers by banning online sales via ebay and amazon. But at the same time simms are now going to sell factory direct to the public. No I am not joking.
I can imagine that speciality retailers are now jumping for joy. The public can go online and get anything they want directly from simms and then the retailers who have been bent over with big pre-season orders and who, for some reason, (errrr like freeing up some cash at the end of the season) can't blow out inventory online via 2 of the best vehicles for online selling. Remarkable. Its OK that simms can sell online through big box stores such as Cabela's but the small specialty shop who originally built up the brand and who can't afford to carry the entire simms range, is not able now to use two of the best vehicles available to get rid of stock when they need to.
Talk about confining the small specialty shop to a small corner of the market. No self respecting manager will load up with stock knowing that in typical fashion a manufacturer will randomly change the color of thread and name a new line of product rendering all the inventory obsolete. Thereafter the retailer is precluded from disposing of such inventory via the normal route but instead either has to invest a small fortune to try and get his own website noticed on the web or be confined to his own parochial market.
The logic is montypythonesque. I suspect there might be a commercially minded manufacturer out there who might see the opportunity presented to develop a presence in the front line of educating the fly fishing public and take advantage of the speciality shops and the guides who are the best positioned to promote a brand. We shall see.
Current Flow: below the Dam 91cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
Again a relatively mild week with the weather and good fishing on the Pan. We had a lot of visitors over the week. We fished mid river and found the fish still lying deep in pods. They took midges and were quite aggressive for this time of the year evidencing the relatively mild winter to date. There is a nice photo of Bill with a fish taken in the 7 castles area above the 4 mile marker.
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 accessible. Curtis and Sheri came up for the weekend, and noting the large numbers of fishermen on the upper Pan spent some time on the Fork in the area just above Basalt. Have a look at the photos. The quality of the water is evident and the easy access readily demonstrated. They had good success on a combination of eggs and midges.
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 took some nice photos of the water conditions this week evidencing the good conditions prevailing on the Colorodo. 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.