Spring is here! And to celebrate we will be shifting into our new shop in the next three days. It is located at the end of Midland Avenue next to the gun shop or diagonally opposite the old barber shop.
With the arrival of spring the nights have been cold while generally we have a couple of blustery days. But today is as clear as a bell. Blue skies and warm temperatures. After yesterday's blustery and cold day, it was a welcome change. There was a little breeze but the conditions were excellent and the midges were coming off nicely on the Pan. It afforded a nice day's fishing with some good dry fly action.
There are also floats going out on the lower fork and the Colorado. So the conditions are good.
The next few days the weather is forecast to be pleasant and warm, ideal for school holidays. But there is a chance a change will blow in later in the week. So take advantage of the pleasant conditions over the next few days.
If you want to see what is being caught on the Pine in Durango check out these fish.
The river cleared nicely over the past week with the higher flows so now the fish are settling into a rythmn. Today there was a nice hatch on the Pan with the fish coming up to take them off the surface. The hatch was not like yesterday in a cold and blustery day, but the conditions were more comfortable.
The prediction for the coming week is higher temperatures in the high 40's to 50's and with minimal chance of rain earlier in the week but there is an increased chance of a change later in the week.
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 - 386cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The higher flows from the Pan continue to clear 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 during the week. But the weekends are clear.
The fish are feeding well now on nymphs with attractor patterns and baetis droppers.
The increased releases from the Pan has pushed the flows up nicely in the Fork so that at 386cfs there is enough water to raft from Basalt down now. Most float traffic is lower down and the fishermen have been having a lot of success nymphing attractors.
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. The increased flows have cleared the river a little attracting quite a lot of float traffic over the weekends.
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.