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For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River for the week ended 8th December 2013
Now that was a cold week!! The frigid conditions which hit the front range, also impacted our area with below freezing temperatures and 16" of snow. It was too cold to go out on the river while the fish have made a rapid transition to winter conditions and the bugs have taken a break.
It was so cold there was anchor ice lower down the Pan despite the good flows of 90cfs. Definitely one of the colder early season periods we have experienced in many years. But with the current snowpack more than 3 times this level last year and 124% above the median, it is definitely a great start to the season.
The coming week might see a little more snow, but generally with temperatures predicted to be in the mid 30's during the day it will be good to get out onto the river again.
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.
It was too cold and snowy to go out this week. Time to take off a while and let the winter conditions set in. But the coming week promises some great weather so if you are up for the season, there will be some nice days later in the week for some good days out.
Recommended Flies:Use eggs, midges and BWO's.
For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BUV 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 browns are on the redds now so fish below for the rainbows taking the eggs drifting downstream.
Current Flow: near Emma - 292cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The expected cold spell hit with a lot of snow, so now we have winter conditions, plenty of ice and snow in the shaded areas and slow conditions in the river.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either attractor patterns down deep. Alternatively stoneflies with eggs or baetis.
The cold snap has cleared the river nicely, so in the coming week with the prediction of temperatures in the mid 30's there will the opportunity to get out on the river in the widers sections.
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, eggs, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.
Check out the new article How to choose a fly rod.
The 2013 Nationals were held in Basalt on the 4 - 6 October.
Check out the photos and
Our head Guide at the San Juan Angler in Durango, Brian Capsay finished this year in 5th place in the National Rankings.
Another great year for him.
Basalt Phone Number: (970) 927 3441
Small Flies. You like small flies? We have put our current inventory of flies #22 - #32 on line. Have a look at our inventory and see what you like.
We will post an order to you if you need some small midges for the coming winter season.
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