It has been relatively quiet over the past week or so. We enjoyed catching up with friends at the Denver Fly Fishing Show and this weekend Cameron and Cole were at Marlborough. They will be in New Jersey next week. You can see the full schedule here so if you are in the area we would love to catch up. We are attending all shows this year.
The weather has become more friendly with warmer days returning offering some nice fishing out on the rivers. The snow has been excellent so a few fishermen have been taking advantage of the good fishing conditions close to the dam.
There is the prospect of a little snow for a few days over the coming week and then it should clear until the weekend. So expect some more good fishing opportunities. With the days warming and lengthening, some of the snow is beginning to clear off the roads and along the edges of the river. Howeve the buildup still makes access difficult in some places so take care. The best fishing now remains in the top 2 miles near the dam.
It remains cold out on the rivers so dress for the conditions and try to fish in the sun. With the longer daylight the window for opportunity is lengthening nicely.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwo's, nymphs and attractors. The fish are also taking small nymphs and caddis patterns.
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.
The fish are taking generic nymphs such as pheasant tails and caddis larva patterns. The BWO's are coming off as well. Try emerger patterns such as rs2's and WD-50's.
For BWO naturals use standard BWO's, parachute BWO's, parachute Adams, and Thorax patterns.
Current Flow: near Emma - 230cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The cold weather brought ice floes and snow and ice building up on the sides of the river. The areas of faster water will clear the ice a little but take care accessing the water with the potential of ice dams breaking as the weather warms a little.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either stoneflies or attractor patterns down deep, with small nymphs or emergers as the second fly. In the clear water and bright days the fish are near structure or down deep.
Now the big browns are chasing streamers as well so take along your streamer gear for a change.
Try small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well. For emergers, the rs2 in black or gray. Also the sparkle wing rs2.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
The Colorado is clear but now there is a lot of ice floating down. It will need to clear before there is reasonable access.
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.
Try streamers as well.