Winter is certainly here a month early!! It is snowing at the moment and is forecast to remain this way until Wednesday when, presumably, just in time for Thanksgiving we will have temperatures in the mid 50's and clear skies.
We shall see. However there will be snow cover for the skiers. There was sufficient snow for Aspen Mountain to open 2 lifts this weekend for top to bottom runs however with the current base at 13inches, it will be thin so we need a few more days of good snow for some good cover for Thanksgiving.
This weeke the bureau increased the releases by 10cfs to 110cfs. The water conditions are perfect but it is cold out and requires full winter regalia. Today there was no-one out to speak of. That was wise given the cold windy conditions. Hardly a fish came up and the bugs decided to take the day off as well. Nymphing was the only recommended course but given the cold and wind, I didn't stay out long. The coming week promises clear warm weather through to Thanksgiving so wait for the current snow to pass and then enjoy some warmer weather.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, 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.
With the baetis nymphs and BWO's coming off in the shade try small nymphs such as pheasant tails, bubble backs, FPA sparkle baetis and rs2's. When the BWO's come off parachute adams and standard BWO patterns. Also try the parachute BWO and the thorax patterns.
Current Flow: near Emma - 389cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
At 389cfs the flows the Fork is now at the highest level it has been over the past 15 years of record keeping at Basalt. Great for the fish and leaving plenty of room for floating lower down if one wants to brave the current weather. But given the forecast of temperatures in the 50's midweek there could be a good chance to get out and float over Thanksgiving if the weather is clear.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use small baetis nymphs after a large stonefly patterns. The browns are getting onto the redds so try streamers as they are now responding.
The Colorado is in great condition and should remain that way for now. Nymphing produces the best results. The fish are now responding to streamers and the browns are on the redds.
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, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.
Also try Pat's Rubberlegs, Twenty Incher #8-#16, BTB Twenty Incher #8 - #16, BH Prince #12 - #18, Natural Hare's Ear #14 - #18, Hare's Ear Olive #14 - #18.
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