Well full marks to the weatherman. He picked it perfectly. 37" of snow this past week. And now a beautiful weekend. But the prediction is it will change during the week again to some more snow.
Certainly it has lifted the snow pack nicely. Ivanhoe is 145% of the median at this time of year and 75% of the median peak with 3 months of snow to come.
The higher flows seem to have affected the hatches for the moment. There have been very few days with good hatches over the past week in perfect conditions. The fish are on the redds and even when no on the redds tending to stack up and behaving as though they are going to spawn. Strange this time of year but given it has been so warm and the flows have been higher perhaps it has all conspired to knock things off their cycle for the moment. Over the past week most of the better fishing was with eggs.
The forecast is for more snow even after 37" this past week. So dress for cold snowy weather and enjoy it.
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).
After 37" of snow there has been significant build up along the banks so take care. But the weather hasn't been cold so there hasn't been any ice build up so the river is accessible.
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.
With more snow on the way, take care accessing the river from the edges.
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.