The prediction from last week was accurate again with no snow or precipitation, great fishing and very comfortable weather. The only concern now is whether we will get more snow sufficient to augment the snowpack higher up. The snowpack is diminishing now and is 120% of the median, down significantly over the past 2 weeks. The forecast is generally for clear weather with the possbility of a day or so of rain midweek. Hopefully that will snow higher up and add to the snowpack. In the meantime, the skiing is not much fun now, so if you are in the area, make the trip down and take some time off in the river. It is ideal with the fishing, particularly in the Pan being excellent.
The unseasonally warm weather has brought more color in lower down, so the best destination is higher up on the Fork or on the Pan.
So over the next week the color will persist in the Fork and the Colorado. But the Pan will remain in excellent condition.
Another good week of fishing on the Pan with the warm weather persisting. The hatches were good giving good dry fly action. The fish took mostly emergers but break the surface taking dries. The fish were generally active at all levels of the water column. The coming week promises more great fishing.
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 consistent warmer weather has added a little color in the Fork particularly below Carbondale where the Crystal has been a problem. With the forecast for similar weather over the next week, the color will remain as the flows pick up.
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.
With a little warming weather there was more color in the Colorado reducing visibility. Probably better to head up the Fork to the Pan or above Basalt. 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.