For Week ending 6th March 2005
The weather remained warmer and the fishing was again excellent particularly on the Fork. Today is another perfect Colorado day with blue skies, a little warmer and fishermen on the River. The skiing is getting a little heavier so after a day or so skiers with tired legs are starting to come down valley for a spot of fishing. 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. Ed reported great consistent floating this week for the first time.
Current Flow: below the Dam 77 cfs. (if you want more up to date figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
There continue to be good reports of hatches of midges on the river. Mid-river there are small stoneflies. The #18 olive stimulator was the perfect pattern. The black pheasant tail #18 worked well as a nymph pattern. In addition #12 stone fly nymphs worked as well. I went out for an hour around midday. There was not evidence of any hatch mid river at that time. I did land 2 nice fish mid-river. A good size rainbow on a #16 beadhead prince and a nice brown on a #20 pheasant tail. The fish were at the bottom of a deep hole and it took 4 lead shot to get down to the desired depth. Merle reports that midges were hatching closer to the dam. He fished successfully with #20 dries and a biot emerger dropper. In addition the sparkle baetis #20 and a special emerger #22 down deep are still working well and will continue to do so with the baetis moving about in the water. 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 moving about more as the sun plays warmer and longer on the water. With the young fry emerging, try streamers near the bottom in the deeper slower holes. 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. Try #18 pheasant tail as nymphs for the mid-river stoneflies. 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 218cfs. (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 more success near Woody Creek again on red and black midge pupae #20. He also reported great success on a size #18 red copper john. Bigger midges are still working (red and black size #16) as well as prince nymphs. There was a good midge hatch today just below Basalt. They were taking dries, include parachute Adams #22 and midge emergers. If the fish are not rising, they will be deep in the water so continue to fish with plenty of weight seeking slow and deep drifts. Streamers down deep are working as well. Ed had great fishing floating from Carbondale to Westbank. 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.
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;