Another 17" of snow and some cold and blustery weather. With the releases from the Pan remaining at 168cfs the water condition is excellent and benefitting the fish. The hatches haven't been strong but this week in the cooler weather, there were some nice midge hatches in the colder weather bringing some good dry fly activity. Overall a great week.
The temperature is going to stay in the high 40's to 50's over the next week so although we might get some more precipitation it will be in the form of rain along the river. It will probably snow a few thousand feet higher.
The skiing has been excellent however as the warmer weather continues, the snow will tend to melt and freeze in the warmer temperatures making the skiing a little tougher on the legs. So take a day off and come to the river for a few hours. We are in March and the longer days will ushering in some great BWO hatches. In addition with the augmented flows and good conditions a few fishermen are getting their boats out on the water now. The season is upon us.
This week the DOW confirmed the results of surveys last fall that our local waters retain their gold medal status.
With the flows now at 168cfs, the Pan is in great condition for this time of year. The warmer weathyer will continue to melt the snow along the edges making access easier. There were some good midge hatches this week despite the windy weather. It was tough getting the dry fly in the correct drift but it was rewarding enough to persist.
Nymphing remains the best technique and was exceedingly successful. The fish took both black and olive biot emergers as well as trailing shuck patterns.
The prediction for the coming week is higher temperatures in the high 40's to 50's and with a chance of rain. Maybe it will be snow overnight but during the day dress for wet weather and for some good bwo and midge hatches.
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.
The browns are still on the redds near the dam 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 higher flows from the Pan are clearing the Fork below Basalt. The Town of Basalt is working in the river at the moment so the water condition below town is a little cloudy when the machines are operating. 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.
The warmer weather and temperatures have picked up the flows a little as the ice and snow melts at lower elevations. 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.