After a warm week we had a change blow in over the weekend and now its wet and cold. It is more sleet, rain and a cold wind as there has been little snow recorded up higher. The forecast for the next week is for some warmer and clearer weather for a few days with a minimal chance of rain. We shall see.
As the ski season closes it is very quiet in town. There were few people out on the river this weekend, although that could have been due to the weather foreacast. But generally things slow down now for a few weeks offering some great chances to get out on the river and choose your favorite spot without much difficulty.
The water colored up just a touch during the past week in the Fork and the Colorado after a few warm days and a little higher water due to the warm spell. The water ran from 400cfs to 600 cfs in 4days. But now the water has cleared with the cold and flows remaining level for the last couple of days. The conditions for the Fork remained OK as the water ran up. But as soon as some more warmer weather returns, one would expect the flows to pick up quicker. So keep an eye on the weather and the flows if you are coming up. Call the shop for an update.
The melt will clear the lower elevations first and then the flows will settle until the warmer early summer affects the higher elevations.
Another variable week. Some night warm days but as the change began to blow in towards the end of the week, it was quite windy out making it a little challenging. However there were some great hatches and some excellent fishing as the week progressed.
The rivers were relatively quiet as the ski season wound down, so there were few out on the rivers. Mid river there were some nice midge hatches as well with the fish starting to come to the surface in the quieter sections. Generally though most of the dry fly activity takes place closer to the dam at the moment.
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 - 584cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
With a few warmer days during the week, the flows picked up by 200cfs adding some color to the water. It didn't interfere too much with the fishing at this point and with the last couple of days being colder, the flows have steadied for a few days clearing the water. The flows will be clear for a day or so but with the prediction of warmer weather, the flows will probably pick up a little more as the week progresses.
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 introduced some color into the Colorado over the week making it a little harder to fish. As the weather warms the Colorado will color up more and your preferable destination will be higher up the Fork or the Pan. Just watch the temperatures and the flow.
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.