Another great week in our valley. For a couple of days it looked as though we might get some snow. The fish were fooled as well as the forecasters. Everyone thought it was going to snow. Not much luck. For several days early in the week there was some of the best dry fly fishing mid river for months. It wasn't too cold and the midges and BWO's came off in sufficient quantities to bring the fish to the surface en masse. It was excellent dry fly fishing. But by the end of the week, the clouds cleared it became colder and then by Saturday we had high winds scouring the ski fields and making the presentation of a dry fly a challenging exercise in futility.
As the sun gets higher in the sky and a little warm lingers longer the fishing window opens wider. Cold overnight temperatures make way for some warmth and the direct sunlight melts off the ice by midday. Still the cold has kept the fish low for the last 2 days. The forecast is for a possible storm over the next day or so. We shall see. If the temperatures don't dip to low over night it won't matter. The bugs will move about next day and the fishing will be good. It will just be better if there is some cloud cover.
In the hiatus between the long weekend and the beginnig of spring break the rivers should derive a modest respite and offer some great fishing. The Fork and the Colorado are also offering great fishing at the moment with Cam and Mike getting in some nice dry fly activity on some of the big flats on the Colorado during the week. The Fork is also fishing will and is very accessible.
The minimal snow has rendered the slopes rather icy. So if you are coming up for a few days, be prepared to take off a day to rest tired legs and take some time in the river.
Local news never fails to entertain. With oil approaching $110 a barrel and the promise of expensive gasoline over the driving season, one would anticipate that any economic activity would be welcome. But no. Aspen wants to make building projects even more difficult by reducing height and mass limits on buildings. One suggestion is to reduce building heights from 42ft to 28ft. And meanwhile not to be left out Snowmass is doing its best to control building activity on the new westin project. Glad to see that the economy is booming sufficiently to excite the restictionists. Speaking of booming, Aspen is reportedly having quite the year, being marginally up on last year. It doesn't matter that business is bad and the comparison is with a worse year. The projections don't look good though. Still its good to note that the suspension of reality seems to be healthy in the local planning departments.
Current Flow: below the Dam 91cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
Another great week out on the Pan. With some relatively warm and cloudy days early in the week the dry fly fishing was excellent. However, as the cloud cover cleared the temperature dropped overnight slowing down the hatches as the water froze a little on the edges and the fish shifted to the bottom for several days waiting for the next hatches. The coming week promises more relatively variable weather so overall the outlook is good. There may be a little rain or snow but generally the weather should be warm in the mid 40's during the day offering more good fishing.
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. With no snow to speak of the edges are very clear and the water is in great condition.
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 and Mike reported some more great dry fly fishing on the Colorado this week towards Silt. 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.