The week started off with a little snow and has ended with beautiful weather in the mid 60's, blue skies and the rivers generally in great condition.
It is predicted to be in the 70's over the next few days and then the forecast is for a day or so of some more snow/rain. The snow continues to maintain the snow pack in the Frying Pan catchment at the median level.The conditions remain excellent all round at the moment though as the weather warms the Colorado is beginning to color up as well as the Fork below the confluence with the Crystal. So if we have a few more warm days, and the water colors more just come up to Basalt where the water is pristine.
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.
The Pan continues to fish well with good hatches of midges, BWO's and a few early caddis.
The fish are taking dries in the shallower water when there is a hatch. They are still preferring the slower flows or alternatively are staying deep on the brighter days.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, nymphs and attractors. 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.
As we move into spring and the bugs begin to move about, the fish are taking generic nymphs such as pheasant tails and caddis larva patterns.
Current Flow: near Emma - 469cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork remains in excellent condition. There are nice BWO and midge hatches bringing the fish to the surface in the quieter sections. Above Carbondale the water condition is pristine. However the Crystal is still putting in a little color in the water below the confluence. However the fishing is excellent.
On the bright days the fish are tending to stay low or in the riffles close to drop zones. So fish with plenty of weight into these areas where the fish are seeking protection. However early in the day or when it is cloudy they will enjoy the hatches coming off.
It is a great time to get out onto the Fork now.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Mostly weighted attractor patterns now or small nymphs and grey emerger patterns.
You can try small flies such as, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
They will also take small soft hackles such as the grey biot emerger.
Also try eggs and attractor patterns.
The Colorado is in great condition and should remain that way for now. Nymphing produces the best results.
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, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.
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