In the nick of time!! We have had some great snow over the past few days and currently there is 8" on the deck and we are still in the midst of the latest storm. According to the forecast this should continue for another day. The forecast was for 1" and we have had at least 8" The forecast tomorrow is for 3", so who knows how accurate that forecast will be? The funny thing is that last week I made some observations on the quite silly snow pack readings from the mountain. Well in the last week we have had apparently 23" of snow and the snow pack has grown by just 9" from 31" to 40 inchess!! Something tells me they were getting a little ahead of themselves, but luckily global warming came to the rescue and validated their "guesstimate".
Anyway, it is great that we have good snow now. It was excellent skiing yesterday and with the current conditions it should be great through the holidays. It is also great for the snowpack. So overall it is great news.
And of course we are now at the beginning of winter with the days starting to get longer over the next few days. It is always a great turning point to know that the daylight begins to lengthen now.
We trust that you all will have a happy and safe Christmas break. We have enjoyed the past year with a lot having taken place. The opening of the Lodge and relocating to the new shop. It was a big year. So be well. We look forward to catching up next year.
The recent snows have augmented the snow pack nicely. Meanwhile the Pan is fishing very well with the weather still remaining relatively warm for this time of year. Overnight with clear skies it gets cold but we haven't had those freezing series of days yet which create ice build-ups. Consequently the hatches remain quite strong with good dry fly fishing during the middle of the day.
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 - 361cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork remains in excellent condition with minimal ice buildup and hence great access for wading and, if one has a mind to do so floating lower down.
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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