For Week ending 27th March 2005
The weather remained cold and it snowed again during the week. There was 7 inches of snow of Thursday morning. However since Friday it has warmed, the weather has cleared and today is a little blowy and in the 60's. The snow is melting off quickly today. The bad weather kept the fishermen in most of the week but today there are a number of fishermen on the river enjoying the lovely weather. The cold weather suited Ed who continues to advocate floating the Fork and the Colorado with the midge and baetis activity in full flight with beautiful light green water on the Colorado. These conditions will not hold much longer if the warm weather continues. So if you have any inkling to get onto the Colorado don't procrastinate.
Current Flow: below the Dam 76 cfs. (if you want more up to date figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
Dry midge patterns continue to work on the upper pan. Merle continues to report great success on the #22 parachute Adams from 11 am though 3pm. Harry continues to advise baetis nymphs, dries and emergers size #24 and #26. The baetis hatches slowed down on the Pan in the colder weather but now that the warm weather has returned keep an eye out. However the consensus during the middle part of the day is midges. In the bright light the fish were a little more difficult so cast carefully with a lot of light tippet.
The fishing was slower mid-river during the colder weather. However on Saturday there was a modest mid-river midge hatch. A #20 parachute Adams with a #20 special emerger dropper continued to work well. Again the best fishing was in the shade where the 8x tippet got the best results. In the bright light, hook your cast or fish across stream so that the fly drifts in a different line to the leader.
The black pheasant tail #18 continues to work well as a nymph pattern as well as the #12 20 incher in the pocket water closer to town..
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. Also try #20 and #22 RS2's both gray and sparkle patterns. If the fish are moving without breaking the surface, they will be taking emergers. A #22 parachute Adams, with a special emerger dropper worked well this week. In addition some early baetis are coming off. So try the Lawson's gray no hackle #20 and #22. In the bright light try not to let your leader drift in the same line as the fly. The lighter the tippet the better. 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.
Current Flow: near Emma at Basalt 228cfs. (if you want more up to date figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
It continues to be great fishing on the Fork at the moment with both midges and baetis dry fly activity. Although the baetis are generally coming off lower down towards Glenwood we do have reports of baetis higher up above Basalt as well. On Thursday the BWO were coming off thick just below Basalt. Merle reported that the fish were keying in to them. We are encouraging fishermen to get out onto the river mid-morning and be prepared to fish through the day.
In addition to the dry fly fishing, stone fly nymphs are working well now. We are getting good reports of success on #12 and #14 20 inchers. The fish are holding in the shallower water and the riffles. But keep plenty of weight on to get the fly close to the bottom. Try stone fly nymphs on curved hooks. The nymphs tend to curl up as they tumble along in the water and the riffles, so the curved hooks emulate the nymph protecting itself as it is washed along.
Ed reported great fishing again this week. He continues to succeed with midges and BWO's from Basalt all the way to Glenwood, floating and wading. The BWO's have been coming off prolifically between 1 – 3 in the afternoon towards Glenwood. 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. Today he advises that in addition to the BWO's and midges, there were Caddis coming off near Glenwood.
Please note that from 15 th March until 15 th May fishing is prohibited 50 yards both upstream and downstream from Four Mile Creek and Three Mile Creek while the rainbows are spawning.
Recommended Flies: same as the Frying Pan. If there is a hatch, midges in the morning and BWO's in the afternoon. Around Basalt midges size #16 through #22. Lower down the Roaring Fork towards the Colorado use #12 - #16. If the BWO's are coming off try #16 and smaller. If there is not much surface activity, try baetis (#14 - #20 pheasant tails) and/or stone fly nymphs (20 incher stone #10 - #14). 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; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #10 (on some days); autumn splendor #4 – 8 and bead head pops bugger olive #6.
The fishing remains strong. Ed continues to say that this is the best fishing he has seen on the Colorado for at least 4 years. The water is a light green and the baetis are thick in the afternoon. It is due to the colder conditions which are holding back the run-off. However, now that the last three days have warmed and the wind is blowing it won't be long before the water turns darker. So now is your last chance. Ed advocates larger midges further down as he is of the view that the fish aren't so fussy. He advises #18 BWO's in the afternoon.
Please note that from 15 th March until 15 th May fishing is prohibited 50 yards both upstream and downstream from No Name, Grizzly and Canyon Creeks while the rainbows are spawning.Recommended Flies: Midges, both dries and emergers; 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 .