It continued to snow early in the week adding nicely to the snowpack. By the end of the week it had cleared nicely with cold overnight temperatures and blue skies. This weekend with magnificent weather there were great hatches on all rivers. On the pan some great midge hatches brought the fish nicely to the surface while there were also dries coming off on the Fork and the Colorado.
The forecast for the coming week is for clear skies and warm temperatures reaching up into the mid to high 50's so it will be very pleasant out on the river. The latest spell of warm weather has melted off most of the snow which fell at our elevation. For the last few days, 7 castles creek has been putting a little color into the Pan below the 4 mile mark in the afternoons as the temperatures rise.
With the changeover to daylight saving there is a little more time to get out on the river while the day warms up.
Currently the snow pack is 97% of the median for this time of year which is excellent with the chance of more snow over the next month. One more decent storm and we will be set for the summer.
We have finished the house at the Frying Pan River Lodge and are taking bookings for the coming season. You can now view some photos of the interior.
Excellent fishing this weekend as the warm weather brought off a nice midge hatch from midday through the afternoon. The fish are not looking up a great deal unless they are in shallower water and therefore they keyed in on emergers. But a dry pattern such as the Adams Parachute worked well as the body breaks the surface getting the fishes attention.
The fish feed well sub-surface taking well presented nymphs such as pheasant tails, rs2's and caddis larva. Generally the fish were not fussy.
The coming week promises more excellent fishing with the water at ideal conditions for this time of year.
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 - 302cfs (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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