Another great week out on the rivers. The weather was as predicted with some cloudy days but warm temperatures bringing on some excellent midge and bwo hatches. The dry fly fishing was exceptional. The rivers are in excellent condition and the fish are feeding well as spring approaches and the insects more about. There were some caddis out today as well as midges and bwos.
There was 9" of snow this week up high which helps the snow pack. There was no snow in Basalt. Only some light rain. Most of the snow has melted off nicely and in places there is a tinge of green as the grass comes to life.
The coming week will be a little cooler with the possibility of some snow tomorrow. The fishing conditions will be excellent again but being a little colder, dress well for the colder conditions.
So look forward to another great week out on the rivers.
The fishing this week was excellent with great midge hatches as well as some BWO and a few caddis. Generally the best succes on dry fly was the FPA grey special emerger but the fish also took black midge patterns and gray bodied BWOs. With the cloudy forecast and possible rain, it will be anothr good week out on the river for bwo and midge hatches. So look forward to some more great dry fly action. It will be a good week.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, 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 - 252cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
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 has cleared nicely and offering some good fishing deep down now.
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.