For Week ending 27 th February 2005
The weather again was a little unsettled during the week however it was generally warmer and the fishing was excellent particularly on the Fork. Check the photos below featuring Brad with some clients on the Fork near Woody Creek. The skiing was excellent yesterday with 10" of snow on Snowmass. Today is the perfect Colorado day with blue skies, a little warmer and fishermen on the River. If you are coming out you are going to be getting into some of the best fishing prior to the run-off. The rivers are starting to get better for floating and the fishing reports are improving.
Current Flow: below the Dam 75 cfs. (if you want more up to date figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
There were good reports of hatches of midges on the river. Mid-river we caught some small stoneflies on the snow. The #18 olive stimulator was the perfect pattern. In addition the fish were taking #12 stone fly nymphs. Harry continues to recommend the sparkle baetis #20 and a special emerger #22 down deep. The baetis are now moving about in the water and will do so for the next 2 months. Streamers emulating the small emerging brown fry are also working in the deeper holes. Closer to Basalt, the fish are taking stonefly nymphs in the pocket water.
Recommended Flies: The fish are still in the deeper holes but are beginning to move about a little. There were reports of fish rising mid-river in the mornings. The warmer weather is bringing the fish to the surface with a few midge hatches. With the young fry emerging, try streamers near the bottom in the deeper slower holes. Look to see if any midges are hatching which they did this week. Some of the midges mid-river were a little larger so we suggest trying #18 and smaller. Try parachute midges or adults; put an emerger dropper behind the parachute; also try small emergers; olive biot emergers, size #18 - #22 and black special emergers #18 - #22. If there is no surface activity try dark olive pheasant tails size #20 and #22; midges, size #20 and smaller both red and black lava and pupa patterns - disco midges red and black sizes #20 - #24. Remember that the baetis nymphs are now beginning to move about and will do so for the next 2 months.
Current Flow: near Emma at Basalt 221cfs. (if you want more up to date figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The fishing has again been best closer to Basalt. Brad had great success near Woody Creek on red and black midge pupae #20 to #24 as the photos above attest. Bigger midges are still working (red and black size #16) as well as prince nymphs. Fish with plenty of weight seeking slow and deep drifts to get down to the fish. With the fry emerging, streamers down deep are working as well. Merle reported good fishing below Basalt with a #14 lite-brite prince trailing a #18 red copper john. Try the 20 incher, prince nymphs and hare's ears. Ed also reported good success with the 20 incher, eggs and san juan worms floating from Carbondale to Westbank.
Recommended Flies: same as the Frying Pan. In addition try the prince nymph #14 and #16 and #18; carrot nymph #18; red copper john #18 and #20; superfloss olive #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 better in the afternoon. The fish responding to pink san juan worms and eggs. Also fish deep with nymphs, streamers and eggs - stone fly nymphs sizes #8 through #12. The 20 incher is always productive. Try sizes #8 - #14 tungsten. 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;