More rain and snow during the week. We woke up Monday morning with the power down and 8 inches of snow on the ground. This last week has added significantly to the snowpack so that relative to the median we now stand at 166% in the Colorado basin. The coming week promises more precipitation however with the temperatures predicted to be in the 70's the precipitation is forecast to be in the form of isolated thunderstorms.
The warm weather over the past couple of days pushed the flows up in the Fork today, but being below the peak the water condition is fine. However if the forecast of temperatures in the mid 70's is accurate the melt will pick up again quickly.
With the lower flows in the Pan, the dry fly fishing this week was good provided one could avoid the bursts of uncomfortable weather and snow. But by week's end, everything settled nicely and it was very comfortable out on the river.
There are good midge hatches coming off mid to late morning and in the cloudy weather some nice BWO hatches as well. A lone caddis was skittering along the river yesterday mid-river until a nice brown ended that little dance. A few larger bugs are also coming off, but they are sparse. It won't be long though and the PMD's should start putting in an appearance shortly.
Just watch the weather forecast and dress for variable 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.
With the beatis nymphs and BWO's moving around now try small nymphs such as pheasant tails, bubble backs, FPA sparkle baetis and rs2's. When the BWO's come off parachute adams and standard BWO patterns. Also try the parachute BWO and the thorax patterns.
Current Flow: near Emma - 648cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The colder weather persisted which kept the Fork in great condition for a second week. But with the forecast of higher temperatures and thunderstorms in the coming week, it will only be a short while before the melt picks up pace. It has been delayed this year by the extra snow and colder conditions into mid May. When the run-off comes, I daresay it will be fast and heavy.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either attractor patterns down deep. Alternatively stoneflies with eggs or baetis.
As the Colorodo pushes higher, forget it. Just come higher up the Fork or onto the Pan. If the weather stays warm the Pan will be the only worthwhile destination.
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.