For Week ending 13th March 2005
I am writing on Tuesday having had a day off. The weather remained warmer and the fishing was again excellent particularly on the Fork. There is a little more wind and that is serving to hasten the melting of the snow. The run-off will tend to cloud the water a little, however it turned very cold last night. It was 17 degrees this morning. The ponds froze over for the first time in weeks. In has been cold throughout the day. The benefit is that it will slow down the melt and thereby cause the water to clear a little. So the fishing is tipped to be excellent for the next few days .
We are seeing more fishermen on the river as spring skiing conditions arrive. Tired legs from the ski slopes deserve a day or two on the river. If you are coming down you are going to be getting into some of the best fishing prior to the run-off.
Current Flow: below the Dam 77 cfs. (if you want more up to date figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
Rob reports that on the Upper Pan midges are the order of the day. He ties his own Commander Whitehead pattern - #20 midge dry, shuck trailer, white post and light gray color which works like a charm.
There was also a midday mid-river midge hatch yesterday before the cold arrived. Ted reported great fishing until the temperature dropped like a stone. The black pheasant tail #18 is working well as a nymph pattern. In addition #12 stone fly nymphs such as the 20 incher are working. Harry recommends #20 midge dries and a biot emerger dropper. Merle continues to advocate the sparkle baetis #20 and a special emerger #22 down deep. The baetis nymphs continue to move about in the water. Closer to Basalt, the fish are taking stonefly nymphs in the pocket water.
Recommended Flies: The fish are moving about more as the sun plays warmer and longer on the water. Look to see if any midges are hatching. 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. The baetis nymphs have now been moving about and will continue to do so for the next 6 weeks.
Current Flow: near Emma at Basalt 218cfs. (if you want more up to date figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
Ed had reported great fishing this week. He has had success on midges towards Phillips curves. He advises that the midges are hatching in the morning. He had most success with midge pupae both dark brown and black with bead head. He fished with both midges on with a strike indicator. Brad has been advising the same in that area.
Ed also advises, that on the Lower Fork and the Colorado the BWO's have been coming off between 1 – 3 in the afternoon. In the lower river section he has been succeeding with a special emerger #12 which he ties for himself. In addition he advised #12 - #14 black and red midge pupa.
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. Lower down the Roaring Fork towards Colorado use #12 - #14 midges. If the BWO's are coming off try #16.
Alan Adger reported an excellent day with Ed on the Colorado. Apart from the wind, Alan put the day among his top trips of all time. He said he needed a 6wt rod to effectively land the fish he was hooking up and was still feeling the effects 2 days later. Ed advocated larger midges further down as he is of the view that the fish aren't so fussy. 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;