For Week ending 6th February 2005
The weather has very clear for the last week but it got quite cold for 3 days. Ice formed in the river so the fishermen did not venture out much. Today however it is warmer and snow is being forecast. We did get some good fishing reports during the week. Sean Stepanoff and Nick DeBruyne kept their promise and emailed us pictures of the fish we reported last week. We put the photos up on Wednesday but we think they deserve an extended season. So for those who did not see them last week, they are included below. If you want to know the flies check the archives for last weeks report. The days are getting longer and therefore the sun is sitting higher and touching more of the water. So the good fishing in the sun is becoming more available as time passes.
Current Flow: below the Dam 75 cfs. (if you want more up to date figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
There was a little more ice floating down in the river in the morning. Mysis continue to work close to the dam. Generally try sizes #18 and #20. Harry continues to report success with his cripple patterns. Merle recommends the sparkle baetis #20 and a special emerger #22 we have tied for the shop. The baetis will start hatching in another 2 months so there are a lot of nymphs in the water. This will be a good choice for the next 2 months. Other success was reported during the week on micro eggs trailed with a black biot emerger. Eggs and midge larva continued to work as well in the deeper holes with plenty of weight. Try #22 and #24 red brassies. We also report that streamers down deep continue to get results with the big browns as the fry emerge.
Recommended Flies: The fish are generally in the deeper holes so take your time to look at the river structure. The 20 incher is starting to work well on the Fork so maybe some nymphs will be floating by in the Pan having been dislodged by moving ice. With the young fry beginning to emerge, try streamers near the bottom in the deeper slower holes. 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 and black special emergers #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 midges try and be very accurate as the fish won't move far laterally.Roaring Fork
Current Flow: near Emma at Basalt 214cfs. (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. Bigger midges are still working (red and black size #16) as well as prince nymphs. Success was also reported with eggs and midge droppers. In addition try grey RS2's sizes #20 and #22. Fish with plenty of weight seeking slow and deep drift to get down to the fish. With the fry emerging, streamers down deep are working as well. In addition the fish have started responding to the 20 incher size #12. As the ice moves over the rocks and surface it will dislodge clinging type nymphs which will drift vulnerably in the water until they regain a footing. In addition TJ brought in some midges the fish had been feeding on. The perfect imitation was a superfloss olive #20. In addition there were some small caddis larva maybe #22 in the mix.
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; 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 beginning to pick up but the reports are still patchy. 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;