Snow has arrived! So far this week the ski fields are reporting 16inches for the week and it is still snowing. The snow conditions on the ski fields were good. Yet we haven't had but a slight dusting at our elevation which is perfect because we can take as much snow as we can get at higher elevations yet warmer temperatures down low will keep the rivers clear and easily accessible.
So while it is snowing the rivers are very accessible and provided one rugs up dressing appropriately for the conditions the fishing is very comfortable.
The forecast is for snow for most of the coming week, so that will make a further welcome addition to the snow pack. We are coming into our traditionally heaviest snow period so it is all looking good for ongoing augmentation for the snow pack.
The Pan has continued to fish well, particularly with nymphs. The hatches have not been strong with the unusually higher flows at this time of year. The Fork and Colorado are also fishing well with the fish taking streamers.
With the snow moving in, it was time to dress for wetter weather o0ut on the river. Though the snow has been quite heavy higher up, at our elevation it is little more than a light dusting with heavy cloud cover.
We have had quite a few visitors in town and out on the river over the past week. The great weather brought many out. However a few days of snow and colder weather will slow things a little.
With the cloud cover yesterday, one reasonably expected a decent midge hatch. It didn't happen to any significant extent, so there were few fish rising. So it was a matter of fishing emergers or nymphing. But the fishing was good. With the expected cloud and snow this coming week, the hatches should improve.
Recommended Flies:Use midges and eggs. As the weather begins to warm the fish are also taking small nymphs and caddis larva. So unless we get a really cold snap, the fish are beginning to get restless and aren't particularly fussy.
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.
Other patterns which are working now include generic nymphs such as pheasant tails and caddis larva patterns.
Current Flow: near Emma - 306cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork remains in excellent condition with minimal ice buildup and hence great access for wading. There are nice BWO hatches bringing the fish to the surface.
The fish are also responding well to streamers at the moment.
It is a great time to get out onto the Fork now with such great conditions. They should persist a little longer, but we do need some more snow to arrive soon.
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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