The weather warmed nicely towards the end of the week melting off some of the snow which had arrived along the rivers. With an additional 21" of snow over the last week, the snow pack continues to hold up nicely above the median.
The forecast is for maybe a little more snow for a day or so and then warm weather for a week with temperatures comfortably in the mid 50's.
There was some excellent dry fly fishing this week as the warm weather returned and the midges hatched nicely. It would be excpected that when the weather warms again mid-week the fishing will be excellent again.
The warm weather returned and the rivers cleared nicely. The midges came off in the warmer weather and the fish fed well on the surface on midge emergers. The coming week promises more excellent fishing with the expectation of warm weather in the mid 50's.
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 rivers have cleared nicely and as a consequence there was excellent fishing along the Fork this week. The conditions should persist over the next week promising more good fishing.
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 condition of the Colorado is excellent at the moment. The little snow higher up did not have any impact lower down. The river is clear.
Try small flies, attractor patterns, streamers and egg patterns.
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.