Relative to last week it warmed a little. Just a little. The midday temperatures have been in the 40's and that is predicted to continue next week until at least next weekend. This will make for comfortable fishing provided one dresses appropriately for winter conditions. But it won't be great for the snow on the ski slopes. The cover is relatively thin at the moment and the warmth during the days has tended to create spring like conditions with a lot of ice on the exposed areas.
Still the absence of a prolonged period of really cold weather todate has ensured ongoing hatches of BWO's near the dam and great midge hatches provided one is there to catch them. Friday had some spectacular dry fly fishing on the Pan but the wind kicked in over the next few days and slowed the action down.
But overall the outlook is good for the coming week if you are in the area.
The Bureau dropped the flows back to 99cfs early in the week as a dryer spell arrived. The conditions remain excellent for winter conditions despite the fact that we are nearly a month early. The absence of a long cold spell means that the BWO's are still coming off intermittently while the midge hatches remain strong. The fish are still active and haven't kicked into their low metabolic winter stage yet. While the weather remains relatively comfortable these conditions will persist. The fish are still feed the full length of the Pan so don't limit your attention just to the top section closer to the dam.
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).
The Fork continues to flow at near record levels for this time of year which enables good access for wading as well as a good flow for floating from Carbondale down. The relatively warm weather ensures that the fish haven't shut down yet so for the next week at least there will be good fishing.
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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