Well the first week of spring certainly bought some changeable weather. We had a few nice days, some snow and now grey skies with the promise of snow and rain over the next week. With 18" of snow over the past week, we are certainly adding to the snow pack. We are currently more than 50% better than the same time last year and the entire basin is currently more than 25% better than the median at this time of year. With another weeks snow forecast it will be interesting to see where we are next report.
The cloudy conditions have brought on some excellent hatches. Today for instance the midges came of consistently on the flats and the fish fed well on dries and emergers for hours. It was excellent dry fly fishing.
The Fork and the Colorado have also been fishing well. A lot of fishermen are taking to the lower Fork and the Colorado to enjoy to conditions before the water takes on too much color.
With the change in the weather, we have had some excellent midge hatches and dry fly fishing. On some occasions fishing emergers sub-surface is far more effective as the fish are keying in on them. However fishing dries over the top, while not highly productive will find a few fish looking up and willing to break the surface.
The beatis are moving about subsurface as well so with the the comfortably high water the fishing is excellent. If you are coming up over the next week, dress for wintery conditions given the forecast. The last thing you want is to be out on the river in a great hatch and find you are too cold to continue.
Recommended Flies:Use 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.
Current Flow: near Emma - 375cfs (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 current flows 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.