We had a real change in the weather this week. No joke. The weatherman has been promising some snow with minimal success. This week he was more successful. A little more snow, but a lot of colder weather and biting wind. Such that one had to be serious to want to go out on to the river. According to the ski field reports, we had 26" over the past week, and I believe it. But today the weather changed to blue clear skies, little wind and very comfortable temperatures again.
So if you came up during the past week you were challenged by the temperature. But for the next week the weatherman promises warm clear weather with the temperature hardly dropping to freezing overnight. If he is correct, most of the snow along the roads will melt off and clear but the snow will stay on the ski runs. A perfect outcome!
So generally by next weekend the forecast is for temperatures as high as the 50's, sunny clear skis and overnight temperatures in the low to mid 30's.
So if you are coming up, the skiing will be great and the fishing should also be excellent.
We will be in Michigan later this week at the fly show so the report next week will be a day or two late. We are going to do a little steelheading for a day, so maybe we'll have Cameron in the nice photo for posting.
Current Flow: below the Dam 91cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The weather was cold and blustery with a lot of wind, and snow. It was tough fishing in the conditions but there were a few brave souls who went out. By weekend as the weather settled down, the hatches started again and there was some nice dry fly action to be had. The coming week promises more milder weather so it should be excellent out.
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).
Nick reported excellent fishing on the Fork near Basalt on stoneflies, principally 20 inchers. The river is clear and in excellent condition with the fish very active towards the end of the week.
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.