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For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended
7 days a week - 9am - 3pm
Guide School. We are conducting a guide school from the 11th to the 15th of April. See details here.
The days are already lengthening so the sun lingers a little longer on the Pan warming us a little as we move to stay in the warming rays. It is cold in the shade. And the contrast is a little more stark when it is a bright blue cloudless sky. On cloudy days it is a little warmer overnight but we haven't had many clouds for a while now. It has been typical January weather. So now the talk turns to guessing when the next snows will arrive. The common view is in February and March. We have a good snow pack at the moment and the skiing is fine, but we will need snow shortly.
The forecast is for possible snow tomorrow but then clear blue skies for rest of the week.
We are now posting photos separately to make the loading of the report easier for your computer. You can see the latest photos: Fly Fishing Photos.
With the prediction of generally clear weather over the coming week it will be great to get out onto the river but take care to dress warmly. The clear overnight sky brings the temperatures down well below freezing so the mornings are cold. But in the sunlight things will warm in time.
With the strong flows, the fish are tending to stay a little deeper so if you are nymphing the fishing has been excellent. The hatches have been sporadic so it is a matter of catching them at the right time if you want to enjoy some winter dry fly activity.
Recommended Flies:Use midges and eggs.
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.
Current Flow: near Emma - n/acfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
Though deep into wintery conditions, the Fork remains in excellent condition with minimal ice buildup and hence great access for wading.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Mostly eggs and attractor patterns now. The browns are on the redds so try streamers and eggs below them.
The Colorado is in great condition and should remain that way for now. Nymphing produces the best results. The fish are now responding to streamers and the browns are on the redds.
Recommended Flies: egg patterns as well as some of the patterns suggested above for the Fork.
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