Another week of minimal snow and nice clear weather. There was a hint of snow yesterday but nothing noteworthy. The forecast is for possible snow over the next 4 days so we will see what February brings. The temperature is predicted to push back up into the 50's by the end of the week.
We are now starting to take note of the snowpack. At the moment we are fractionally below the historical median so we are looking in good shape provided the snows come over the next few months.
With the prediction of generally clear weather over the coming week it will be great to get out onto the river but take care to dress warmly. The clear overnight sky brings the temperatures down well below freezing so the mornings are cold. But in the sunlight things will warm in time.
With the strong flows, the fish are tending to stay a little deeper so if you are nymphing the fishing has been excellent. The hatches have been sporadic so it is a matter of catching them at the right time if you want to enjoy some winter dry fly activity.
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 - n/acfs (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.
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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