Happy New year!! The days are getting longer and next week the temperature is going to be seasonally warm in the 40's. Very comfortable! The bugs will come off nicely and the fishing will be excellent. In addition given that there is zero snow predicted, it will be time to get off the snow and the ice and come out fishing for a few hours during the day.
The fishing has been excellent on the flats. Check out the latest picture of Kim with a beauty!
If you are in Denver next weekend, we will be at the Fly Fishing Show. Robyn is coming down along with Marty, Cameron, Mike from the South Platte, and Cole from the San Juan Angler. If you have time come by and say "hi". We love to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
With the prediction of warm 40 degree days in the coming week it will be great to get out onto the river and enjoy the midge hatches without having to fight the cold. So it you have a mind it promises to be excellent fishing in the coming week.
Recommended Flies:Use midges and eggs.
For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BDV 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.
In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, black cdc midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.
Current Flow: near Emma - 350cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
Though deep into wintery conditions, the Fork remains in excellent condition with minimal ice buildup and hence great access for wading. At 350cfs at Basalt this is a record flow for this time of year attesting to the mild winter conditions and the good flows from the Pan. Ideal conditions!
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Mostly eggs and attractor patterns now. The browns are on the redds so try streamers and eggs below them.
You can try small flies such as, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
Also try eggs and attractor patterns.
The Colorado is in great condition and should remain that way for now. Nymphing produces the best results. The fish are now responding to streamers and the browns are on the redds.
Recommended Flies: egg patterns as well as some of the patterns suggested above for the Fork.
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