March Fly Fishing Report - Vail Valley Anglers
Vail Valley Anglers March Report
Roaring Fork River
Things are really picking up on the Fork. Forecasts show high temps in the 40's this week. The fishing should be excellent with midge hatches and active trout. The fly fishing on this river really turns on in March with longer days and higher temps.With warmer weather in the past several days fly fishing on the Fork has been very good and wading is productive throughout the length of the Fork and despite lower flows, float fishing is now a good bet especially from Westbank down to town. The trout have been feeding actively from late morning through the afternoon. Conditions are good and the trout are on the feed. The Roaring Fork is truly one of Colorado's best winter fly fishing destinations.
Nymphing with small midge imitations as well as stoneflies and eggs have all been effective and some large rainbows have been common catches. Midge hatches are becoming thicker each day. The best stretch of river for floating is between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs while wade anglers are doing very well near Basalt downstream from the confluence with the Frying Pan, near Jaffee Park and right in downtown Glenwood Springs. Winter conditions still prevail but February on the Fork sees a big increase in trout and insect activity as days lengthen and rainbows begin getting aggressive before spawning. Nymphing deep, slower holes and fishing later in the day when temperatures warm is the method of choice but we'll see more and more fish rsing as the big olive Midgezillas begin emerging soon. Catching some really big rainbows, browns and whitefish is always a possibility on the Fork during winter and the fishing should now begin to streadily improve as we move into the latter part of winter.
Hatches: Black, olive midges, BWOs, Molting Golden Stonefly nymphs
Dries: Adams Parawulff #18, BWO Parachute, Parachute Adams #14-20, Hi-Vis Griffiths Gnat #18-22
Nymphs: Eggs, Worms, Twenty Incher #8-14 ,Pats Rubber Leg #6-10,Flashback PT #14-22, Barr Emerger #16-20, Sparkle RS-2 in black, grey or olive, Formerly Prince #12-18, Red copper John #14-18, Rainbow Warrior #14-20, Black Beauty #16-22, Disco Midge #18-20, Miracle Nymph #18, WD-40 in Red or Olive #20
Streamers: Slumpbusters in darker colors,Sculpzillas, Autumn Splendor, Olive Conehead buggers
The upper Colorado from Pumphouse down to Dotsero is mostly iced out and the fishing is fair. Wading and floating are both decent options. Hatches are sparse and nymphing is the most effective way to put a few late winter trout in the net. Look downstream to Glenwood Springs for more consistent fishing.
The Lower Colorado River below Glenwood Springs is fishing very well when flows are clear. The river has been muddy on some days. The next week should be very good with forecast temps in the 40's! Recent weather has been warmer and the fishing has picked up. There have been some heavy midge hatches and the large olive midges are beginning to show along with smaller black midges and some blue winged olives. This is an option that most float anglers overlook during the colder months but this stretch is fishing well and holds some very large browns and rainbows. Winter may be the best time to float between Glenwood and Rifle for a shot at a trophy fish over five pounds! BWOs and midges are on the menu and princes, girdle bugs, worms and eggs are working very well. Streamers fished slowly are the best bet during cloudy conditions as fish look for big meals to recover from, and prepare for the spawn and winter. Floating is by far the most effective way to fish this stretch.
Hatches: Midges, BWOs, Stonefly nymphs, Caddis larvae
Dries: Renegade #18, Griffith's Gnat #18, Para-BWO #16-22, Adams Parawulff #18Adams #18-22
Nymphs:Pat's Pink worms, Rubber Leg Stonefly brown and black #6-10, Red Copper John #12-18, Quasimodo Pheasant tail #14-18, Formerly Prince #12-18, Twenty Incher #6-14, Beadhead Flashback Hare's Ear #12-18, Barr Emerger BWO, WD-50 Olive, Eggs, Biot Soft Hackle #16-22 black, gray, olive
Streamers: Rust Slumpbuster, Tequeely, Buggers, Clousers, Sex Dungeon
The forecast for the next week show temps in the high 30's and low 40's! The fishing should be excellent.Conditions have improved recently on the Eagle with warmer weather. The ice has broken up and there is plenty of water to fish now. The fishing has been good with some midges hatching and fish feeding. The lower river may get a little muddy but Avon, Edwards and Wolcott will be in good shape. We're now into the great "fifth seasin fishing"! Deep nymphing isstill the name of the game but some fish are beginning to rise to emergers. Look for slow riffles that dump off of a drop off into a deep hole. Concentrate on fishing netween 10am and 4pm during the warmest part of the day when trout are most active. Check with the shop for the latest conditions.
Hatches: Midges, BWOs
Nymphs:Egg patterns, Flashback PT #14-18, Olive Biot Soft Hackle #18-22, Micromayfly, Disco Midge #18,Miracle Nymph #20, Black Midge Emerger #18-22, Barr Emerger BWO #16-20, Eggs, Worms
Dries: Hi-Vis Griffith Gnat, Renegade
Streamers: Brown Slump Buster, Olive buggers, Vanilla Bugger, Scupzilla Black/Olive, Autumn Splendor # 6
Gore Creek is low and clear and conditions are excellent for fishing below Lionshead. Recent warmer weather has created better fishing conditions.Much of Gore Creek is now fishable as the ice recedes. Near Donovan Park,Gore Creek is always relatively ice free. Winter fishing in this stretch can be great with no one on the stream while thousands of skiiers are just above you on Vail, Mountain. Concentrate of fishing deep water in the afternoon with tiny midge and egg patterns for a shot at the winter Grand Slam while skiiers ride just up the hill. Call the shop for current conditions.
Hatches: Midges, BWOs
Dries: Renegades,BWO Parawulff ,Parachute Adams
Nymphs: Egg Patterns, Red Copper John, Disco Midge #16-22, Rainbow Warrior #16-20, Flashback Hare's Ear #12-18, Twenty Incher #12-16, Beadhead Black Beauty #18,
Streamers: Black and Olive Conehead buggers #6-10
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