Some more changeable weather over the past week. One day a little snow, the next quite comfortable and warm. However up higher it remains cold and the snow pack keeps building. The coming week should be a little warmer with temperatures getting up into the 60's and less chance of rain/snow. Teh Frying Pan catchment is really collecting some snow. The nast lake reading is now 371% higher than the same time last year and 130% higher than the median on the same day. Ivanhoe is 133% of the median.
As part of ongoing water planning over the next 35 years there are a number of projects which are interesting. They were discussed this week in the Aspen Daily News. Proposals to put dams on Castle Creek and Maroon Creek would, if they got closer to consideration, elicit a lot of contention in the community. They were certainly helps the flows in the Roaring Fork and keep them a little more consistent. It is a worthwhile article for reference on the range of ideas which are in someone's mind.
And here is a great article about a 4th generation couple who spent much of their time up the Frying Pan Valley decades ago. Fly Fishing Photos.
Another week of great fishing though with the colder weather blowing in on Sunday and a little intermittent snow it was a little testing to find rising fish. The hatches were put down in the cold change. But the coming week looks to offer great possiblities with relatively settled and warmer weather.
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 - 389cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The colder weather is keeping any hint of a melt down so the Fork is relatively steady at the moment. The level affords great floating, particularly from lower down.
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 fishing has been strong on the Colorado with the water having cleared nicely. Most float traffic is now on the lower Fork or the Colorado.
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.