Some more snow over the past week. The Skico is reporting 19inches so that is welcome. We are now coming into the historically heavier snow months, so let's keep our fingers crossed. The forecast for the coming week is for the weather to clear and for the temperatures to be in the 40's. So that will contribute to the rivers clearing a little more but won't help the snowpack.
The fishing has been good this week with a few more visitors. Remember this big one a year ago. A beauty at 30.5 inches. They fight well enough here, but not as aggressively as this marlin.
With the forecast of clearer weather if you are up for some skiing and you have a mind to do so, take off a day and get out onto the river for a few hours.
This week the report is similar to last week with the snow adding a little to the snow pack along the edges and on top of the ice floes. Take care approaching the river as there are still plenty of ice shelves along the edges. The coming week promises clearer days and mid 40's temperatures so the river will continue to clear.
There are good hatches of midges coming off now and the fishing has been excellent. The best results are generally from nymphing with midge larvae and emergers. As the days lengthen the baetis nymphs will start to move about as well. But with the water still shallow in the low flows, concentrate in the deeper holes.
Recommended Flies:Use midges and BWO's.
For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BUV mysis.
The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try Wilson's Reverse Candy Cane #20, red and black chironocones #20, nick's larva in miracle pink, olive, and purple back, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, rainbow warriors, black polywings #18 - #22 and bling midges # 18 - #22.
In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, black cdc midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.
Current Flow: near Emma - Ice (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork has continued to clear up with the relatively warmer temperatures and the longer days. The snow this past week and the warmer temperatures have picked up the flows a little which has helped to clear the river further. There are still ice dams higher up so take care where one is fishing as warm weather will break the last of the ice dams quickly.
Lower down the Fork where the sun has a chance to warm things for longer on the wider sections the river flows are clearing nicely. Soon stoneflies will be rolling about adding to the range of flies to be employed.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing but with bwo's still coming off in the afternoons, there are a range of options.
In the morning midges, baetis nymphs and BWO emergers.
For nymphing using attractors, midge larvae and emergers, stonefly, pmd, baetis nymphs and emergers. As the day progresses small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
For the stone fly nymphs good patterns continue to include the BB FB Epoxy 20 Incher, the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher and the CTB RL Epoxy 20 Incher
With the staging underway the fishing are also taking egg patterns.
As the warmer days have continued the Colorado continues to clear a little with the ice breaking up and opening up more stretches. A few more warmer spells and the BWO's will be in evidence as well as the midges.
Recommended Flies: Generally the way to go is nymphing with small baetis, the FPA sparkle baetis, sparkle rs2's and biot emergers. For stonefly nymphs use 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.