Well the snow came! 26inches in the last week. The snowpack is currently 115% of the median at this time of year. It is a good start to the season. The weather in the coming week should be a little more fisherman friendly with temperatures up into the 50's and no snow predicted.
The warm weather will cause a lot of melt at lower elevations so access to the rivers should clear relatively quickly.
The days lengthen and the predicted warmer weather will make for some nice days out on the river over the next week. Dress for cold but be prepared to strip off layers as the day progresses and it warms up.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, nymphs and attractors. The fish are also taking small nymphs.
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 - 285cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
With the predicted warmer weather, there will be some melting of recent snows particularly at lower elevations. So be mindful of ice in the river as it melts. The access to the river will improve but remain vigilant. The flows will fluctuate a little if we have a few days in the 50's and little overnight freezing.
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 will have 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.