Happy New Year! We are a week late with the first report because we were at the Denver Fly Fishing show over last weekend. We had a great time meeting old friends and making some new ones.
Last week we extremely cold but it has warmed nicely over the past few days, although we have had some more snow. With more than a foot of snow over the past week, the snow fields are reporting a 61" base. The snow pack continues to build.
Although we have had some wind and snow today, it is forecast to settle nicely this coming week with temperatures in the 30's and 40's which is quite warm for January. The fishing will be excellent.
Yesterday was a beautiful day out on the river with blue skies, fresh snow and a great midge and BWO hatch. Today the wind blew in bringing clouds and some snow. But the fishing was still good in the top section near the dam.
With the weather clearing over the coming week and some more blue skies and relatively warm days we are looking forward to some more great days out on the river. If you are thinking of coming up, expect the fishing to be excellent and comfortable.
Recommended Flies:Use eggs, 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.
The browns are on the redds now so fish below for the rainbows taking the eggs drifting downstream.
Current Flow: near Emma - Frozen (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The coming week promises some comfortable weather so there will be a good opportunity to get out onto the Fork in the next week.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either attractor patterns down deep. Alternatively stoneflies with eggs or baetis.
Try small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well. For emergers, the rs2 in black or gray. Also the sparkle wing rs2.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
In the coming week with the prediction of temperatures in the mid 30's there will the opportunity to get out on the river in the widers sections.
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.