For Week ending 23rd January 2005
It has warmed up and is very pleasant out. So pleasant in fact, the local skiers are asking for more snow. The days are starting to get longer and in places the sun is longer on the Frying Pan. There has been a lot more fishing activity this week. Some fishermen were waiting to get into the shop at opening this morning and reported that at daybreak there had been 12 people fishing at the bottom of Reudi. They reported success on mysis patterns. A number of other friends of the shop dropped by to advise good fishing throughout the week so the reports are good all round. So if you are coming to the area for a spot of skiing, bring your rod. And if you forget, we have equipment available. Local Allen Adger went to Mexico for a week and kindly shared his thoughts and a photo with us. It is included below.
Current Flow: below the Dam 75 cfs. (if you want more up to date figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The water remained at the 73/75 mark all week. With the warmer weather and the sun sitting a little higher the river is clearer of ice. Mysis continued to work close to the dam. Generally try size #18 and #20. Harry has been reporting success with midges hatching and continues to get success with his cripple patterns. Red and black larva fished down deep with plenty of weight also continues to work. The fish continue to pod up in the deeper holes so look for the deeper holes. Streamers down deep are getting results with the big browns as the fry emerge. Try and sight fish. Be very accurate with the midges because the fish won't move far to take the fly. We had guests in the cabins who reported success mid-river.
Recommended Flies: Look to see if any midges are hatching. If so try parachute midges or adults size #20 and smaller; put an emerger dropper behind the parachute; also try small emergers; olive biot emergers, size #20 and #22. If the bugs are not coming off then try dark olive pheasant tails size #20 and #22; midges, size #20 and smaller both red and black lava and pupa patterns. Use lava first down deep. If the fish are prepared to move up in the water column try the pupas – disco midges red and black sizes #20 - #24; egg patterns #10 - #18. With the young fry beginning to emerge, try streamers near the bottom in the deeper slower holes.
Current Flow: near Emma at Basalt 233cfs. (if you want more up to date figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
In the warmer weather the fishing has been excellent. Bigger midges are working (red and black size #16) as well as prince nymphs. Generally at this time of year the fish pod up in the deeper holes where the water flow is a little slower. TJ reported buckskin and red midge pupa. Therefore fish with plenty of weight seeking slow and deep drift to get down to the fish. In addition the fry are starting to emerge so use a streamer down deep. Ed also floated from Carbondale to Westbank and although the fishing was great he reported that the river was very low.
Recommended Flies: same as the Frying Pan. In addition try the prince nymph #14 and #16 and #18; carrot nymph #18; red copper john #20; gold ribbed hare’s ear #16 and #18; 20 incher stone #10 - #14;; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #10 (on some days); autumn splendor #4 - 8; bead head pops bugger olive #6.
On the Colorado fly fishing is beginning to pick up. The water is barely off-collour. Rick went for a drive down towards Newcastle and reported great success on streamers and sculpins. He said the fish were ravenous. He had great success with a sculpin #6 with a sinking tip. Also, fish deep with nymphs, streamers and eggs - stone fly nymphs sizes #8 through #12. The 20 incher is always productive. In view of the emergence of small fry, try streamers in the seams between the faster and slower water down low. Try sizes #6 and #8 and smaller.
Recommended Flies: Bead head pheasant tails #16, 18; Blue Wing Olives #18,20; bead head prince nymph red #12 - 16; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #6 and #8 and smaller;
Local fisherman and lawyer Allen Adger returned from Mexico with a report which may interest. He went to Puerto Vallarta over Xmas and New Year and elected to try his hand at the local bass fishing. The lake he fished was inland about an hour from downtown. He used spinning gear to bounce scented worms off the bottom of the lake. Allen reported a productive day including the one that didn't get away photographed below. He also fished Bandaras Bay, but recommends staying at the northern tip of the bay at Saulito or San Francisco. It is closer to the fish. Rooster fish are reported to be near the big rocks near the beach on the north side of the bay. It is also closer to the whale watching.