The hot weather continues. For all intents and purposes, the skiing is close to done on the mountains. There is a run or two in the morning on ice but as soon as the sun comes on the runs, it is mashed potatoes. We have had no snow and hot weather for a week. The ski base has gone from 62 to 56" and we had high hot winds at the beginning of the week. Hard to believe there is still 56" anywhere.
The forecast is calling for some rain or snow tonight, but with clear skies, no wind and a current temperature of 56 degrees, its hard to see where the snow will come from. Still maybe something will blow through tonight and will be gone tomorrow. The remainder of the week is predicted to be in the 60's during the days and remaining above freezing overnight. So the middle of the week it is predicted to be clear and hot again.
Some of the schools are going back tomorrow, so a lot of visitors over the past week are leaving. It was indeed busy with crowds on both the Pan and the Fork enjoying some great fishing.
Over the coming week, the ski conditions will drive more visitors to look for something else to do, and a spot of fishing on the water would be an excellent choice. As we move into the last few weeks of ski season, the crowds will drop off and the visitors will leave. Then it will be quiet until the summer travellers arrive. However, given the excellent conditions and the likelihood that the run-off will be diminished we should enjoy great fishing through to the peak of the melt. With the snow pack in independence below 50% of average and the Frying Pan around 70%, unless there is a lot of snow shortly, the run-off will be diminished and there is little likelihood of a co-ordinated release for the endangered fish. This will keep the Pan at an excellent level until the calls for water start.
Current Flow: below the Dam 91cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
Excellent fishing this week with the warm weather ensuring good hatches of midges and a few BWO's which kept the fish rising into the later afternoon. Mid river the fish took gray special emergers and adams while nymphing also produced great result on midge emergers such as the black biot. There were a lot of fishermen about this week enjoying the conditions and the good hatches. In the coming week, if the weather holds, the fishing will be equally as good. There is the possibility of some wind on Monday which will blow the naturals off the surface of the water and scour the tops of the ski mountains, but it should calm down by mid week and offer more good fishing.
Recommended Flies:There is great 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 - 347cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The fishing on the Fork has been excellent and on some days has been preferable to fishing the Pan. The dry fly fishing has been excellent with great hatches of midges coming off. In addition with the stoneflies rolling about there has been great nymphing with 20 inchers and baetis nymphs as well as midge larvae.
Overall the conditions are excellent and will remain that way over the next week if the forecast holds.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing using eggs, worms, midge larvae and emergers, stonefly and baetis nymphs. Good patterns include the BB FB Epoxy 20 Incher, the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher and the CTB RL Epoxy 20 Incher.
The water conditions on the Colorado are excellent at the moment with excellent clarity and BWO hatches coming off on the relatively warmer days. There is also good fishing with stoneflies in the riffles and baetis droppers.
Recommended Flies: Stonefly nymphs such as 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.