An excellent week which ended with some rain and a little snow today. The warmth during the week has contributed to substantial clearing of ice and snow, particularly in the wider sections of the rivers. The fish are feeding the full length of the Frying Pan now and there were good reports from the Roaring Fork from Basalt down this week.
The snow conditions have maintained a good level with significant snow at higher elevations over the past week. The snowpack is still around 150% of median which is excellent. The forecast is for a little more snow over the next 24 hours and then clearing for the rest of the week. With temperatures in the high 40's it will be very comfortable out on the river over the coming week.
The warm weather has cleared much of the ice and snow along the edges where the river is wider and gets a few hours of sun. The water has cleared nicely now and the fish are feeding on nymphs. Generally it is a matter of staying in the principal flow where the water is a little quieter and fish close to the bottom. The fish are not in the riffles or the faster sections. The fishing was good the full length of the Pan with the fish taking a variety of nymphs. They took attractor patterns as well as midges. The fish are not fussy at all. It is just a matter of getting the fly down to them. The fishing will be good in the coming week as the warmer temperatures will remain even though their might be some snow/rain. Dress appropriately and enjoy a good day out.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, and egg 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 - 278cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The warm weather has melted a lot of the ice in the more exposed areas. The coming week will offer more good fishing as the temperatures will remain above freezing during the days. Concentrate on smaller flies, worms, attractors and egg patterns.
The warmer weather has cleared the river nicely, particularly where it is more open. There is some good fishing now with the temperatures above freezing during the day. Try small flies, attractor patterns, streamers and egg patterns.