Seasons Greetings. Another year is upon us. How time passes. We trust that the new year finds you well and brings you prosperity and good health. We had a great year in 2005. Through the Taylor Creek Cabins we have met a number of new friends who have just discovered our part of the world who have already returned to us more than once. A number have already indicated their intentions of returning in 2006. We are indeed very pleased to be able to introduce new visitors to the great fishing this area has to offer through the cabins. Apart from visitors from many of the lower 48 we had visitors from Japan, UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Singapore New Zealand and Australia.
The past week witnessed a little snow with the weather remaining comfortable for fishing provided one dressed appropriately. With the Pan continuing to run at 126cfs the fishing has been excellent and the river has remained clear of ice. The Fork has also been fishing well with the stronger flow below Basalt.
The snow has been supplementing the ski slopes nicely. This weekend there are a lot of visitors about. The slopes are very full which is good for the local economy and has been bringing a number of fishermen down valley when their legs get tired in the snow. Aspen has had 6" of snow in the last 24 hours. The weatherman is calling for more snow for the next 3 days and then clear weather midweek. The high temperatures will remain in the low to mid thirties with the overnight lows approaching zero.
Current Flow: below the Dam 126cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The fishing remains good with midges and mysis shrimp just below the dam. Harry continues to have a lot of success with dry midges during the middle of the day. Now is the time to be careful with the fish when landing them. One does not want them to expend unnecessary energy. In addition, try not to take them out of the water. The cold will freeze their gills very quickly. At the moment on the Pan most of the time it is warmer in the water than out. It is now midges, midges and maybe a few eggs.
Recommended Flies: The water is very clear and is now at its proposed winter flow so make sure you are using light tippet – 7x. There is midge activity when the sun warms things a little although there has not been much activity in the snowy conditions. In the narrow Frying Pan Valley your principal goal will be to find where the sun gets on to the water. Spot the fish feeding as they will not move far laterally to take midges. Try midge larva and pupa before the hatch starts. When the fish begin to feed under the surface, try small emergers; olive biot emergers, size #18 - #22 and black special emergers #18 - #22. Small copper johns are working well. On the surface, use midge dries with emergers in the film as a dropper. The fish are still on the redds although the spawning season has passed its peak already, so egg patterns will work well.
The river has been very clear with the cold weather holding back the flow. The fishing has been excellent with principally midges. Ed reports great fishing and little activity from fishermen. The fish are feeding well on prince nymphs and midges. Merle also reports good fishing having success on worms, eggs and nymph patterns.
Recommended Flies: Use the same flies as the Pan (See our report for the Frying Pan). Generally try midge patterns - larva, pupa and emergers. For variety try very small baetis nymph patterns. Copper johns always work well now, the smaller the better. Black and olive beadhead streamers are also working. Also egg patterns. But keep clear of the redds.
The water color remains good as the falling level is aided by the colder weather. The fishing is good. Try midges, and 20 inchers. Also try any nymphs #20 and smaller.
Recommended Flies: midges, both dries and emergers; pheasant tails #16, 18; BWO's #18,20; small copper johns; 20 inchers size #10 - #14; bead head prince nymph red #12 - 16; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #6 and #8 and smaller.