The clear weather continues with hardly a hint of snow. There is a possibility of some snow this weekend and maybe next week. However the predictions have proven sparse so far with a poor snowpack and little prospect at the moment. Traditionally there is most snow in the February - April period but it will need to be significant to make up the shortfall.
In these good conditions there are a few fishermen out on the river enjoying the conditions while they last. It is warm in the sun with the temperatures in the mid to low 40's but as soon as the sun goes down it gets cold quickly.
One can notice the days lengthening so the extra sunlight is tending to melt off the snow at lower levels faster than usual.
The rivers are in great condition for this time of year and several boats have been out drifting one the Fork and Colorado in these conditions.
The clear weather continues with hardly a hint of snow. There is a possibility of some snow this weekend. In these good conditions there are a few fishermen out on the river enjoying the conditions while they last. The Pan is exceedingly accessible with minimal snow along the edges.
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 - 336cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The flows are at winter levels. The fishing conditions remain excellent and the weather looks ideal for the next week.
Try egg patterns and attractors. 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.
Also try streamers.
Conditions are good.
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.