The weather prediction was accurate for the first week of spring with 24inches of snow over the last week on the mountains. This maintains the snowpack at 100% of median which is excellent. There is also the possibiolity of some snow in the middle of the coming week. We are also well ahead of last year at this time.
The big question now is whether the authorities will respond to requests to keep the flows of the Pan below 250cfs in the coming season. We have made a submission and have fowarded letters from the fishing public we received last year in support of our request.
The school break is over so we expect the activity to be a little more quiet out on the rivers this week. Despite the snow there were a few visitors who enjoyed the fishing during the week. With a similar prediction for the coming week, the fishing should be excellent but dress well for winter conditions.
The colder weather resulted in less hatches during the week so the action was a little slower. But as the cold passed the midges and bwo's started coming off nicely again. The weather for the coming week might be a little warmer but there is a chance of rain/snow midweek, so dress for the conditions. If it stays in the mid 40's - 50's the bwo hatches should be excellent. The better action starts just before 11 so there is no great hurry to get out.
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 - 227cfs (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.