This past week we have experienced excellent weather. Blue skies and very mild temperatures. The hatches though have been a little intermittent. Some days strong while other days very sparse. But the nymphing has been very good with strong results. The Bureau pushed the releases up in the Pan to 118cfs so that could have unsettled the bugs for a day or so. But this is a good flow which will keep the river clear for the rest of the winter if it is maintained. The snow pack up the Frying Pan is 50% higher than last year at this time and 10% above the median so at this point depending on the weather over the next 3 months the water level is looking excellent. So given the high level of Ruedi I suspect that the Bureau is making some room for the predicted run-off with the increased releases.
The weather prediction for the coming week is mostly clear skies with top temperatures in the mid 40's.
So we are looking forward to some more great days out on the river.
Some more great days out on the river this week. The weather was as predicted, up to 40's at the high with clear blue skies. The Bureau pushed up the flows in the Pan so I suspect that put down the hatches for a couple of days because the dry fly hasnt' been great over the past several days. But that will change as everything settles down again. That didn't stop the feeding feed well lower in the water column so those that nymphed had great days out and the higher water flow has spread the fish around a little more on the flats giving them a little more cover.
With the weather remaining clear and warm 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 at least until the end of the week.
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.
In the coming week with the prediction of temperatures in the mid 40'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.