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For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River for the week ended 19th May 2013
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*******Marty's latest catch.
We saw the first of the run-off this week with hot weather bringing the Fork up to 1100cfs on Saturday morning before a cool change brought down the temperatures overnight and dropped the flow by 350cfs. Consequently the Fork was in great condition on Sunday afternoon. But it won't last long. The prediction is for 2 more days of cooler weather and then a week of temperatures in the mid 70's and overnight temperatures in the low 50's. So by the end of the coming week, expect higher and dirtier flows unless the forecast is wrong and it stays cold.
The Pan is also creeping up currently measuring at 126cfs. However with the releases actually recording 103.7cfs the outflow is below the mandated minimum of 110cfs and Rocky Fork is making up the difference. Ruedi is currently 66% full. But the Pan is in relatively good condition so while Rocky Fork is pushing up the flows it makes sense to hold back releases a little to assist in building Ruedi to a more typical level for this time of year.
We have had a little rain over the past 24 hours which will add some more to the snowpack up high. It is all good.
So over the coming week, expect the Fork to deteriorate again towards weeks end so that the best fishing will be on the Pan. With few people in town, it will be good to get out.
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As the weather warmed and Rocky Fork put more flow into the Pan, the river colored up just a little, sufficient to enable nymphing with marginally heavier leaders. Over the next few days cooler weather will drop the flows from Rocky Fork a little so the Pan will be pristine.
There is no planned co-ordinated release this year for this week, so expect flows to continue at these levels until there are contract calls later in June. So this means great fishing on the Pan for the next month or so when the freestones all blow out.
Recommended Flies:Use midges and BWO's.
For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BUV mysis.
The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try Wilson's Reverse Candy Cane #20, red and black chironocones #20, nick's larva in miracle pink, olive, and purple back, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, rainbow warriors, black polywings #18 - #22 and bling midges # 18 - #22.
In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, black cdc midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.
Current Flow: near Emma - 760cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork was unfishable for most of the week but a cold change on Saturday brought down the level from 1100cfs to the mid 700's at the moment. The Fork will be in great condition for a day or so while this cool change continues but the expectation is that it will change and the flow will increase towards the end of the week when the temperatures pick up. So enjoy the Fork for a day or so, but don't count on it next weekend.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing.
In the morning midges, baetis nymphs and BWO emergers.
For nymphing using attractors, midge larvae and emergers, stonefly, baetis nymphs and emergers. As the day progresses small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well.
For the stone fly nymphs good patterns continue to include the BB FB Epoxy 20 Incher, the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher and the CTB RL Epoxy 20 Incher
With the rainbows staging underway the fishing are also taking egg patterns.
The Colorado is not fishable at the moment with the releases through Shoshone really coloring up the flows and the Crystal dumping mud into the Fork below Basalt. So don't bother. Wait until the flows from the Pan pick up and then float from Basalt if that is your desire.
Recommended Flies: Generally the way to go is nymphing with small baetis, the FPA sparkle baetis, sparkle rs2's and biot emergers. For stonefly nymphs use the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher, rubberleg patterns such as Mike's BTB Coffee/Black and the Halloween Speckled Girdle Bug, with midges, eggs, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.
Check out the new article How to choose a fly rod.
Our head Guide at the San Juan Angler in Durango, Brian Capsay, won silver at the nationals in Bend Oregon and is back in the US Team. The silver accompanies the gold he won earlier this year in New Mexico.
In addition he is in the USA squad to go to the World Championships in Norway in 2013.
Basalt Phone Number: (970) 927 3441
Small Flies. You like small flies? We have put our current inventory of flies #22 - #32 on line. Have a look at our inventory and see what you like.
We will post an order to you if you need some small midges for the coming winter season.
Legal aspects of floating in Colorado
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