For the Week ending 22nd May 2005
The run-off has arrived! Taylor Creek is as high as I have seen it in 11 years. From there down the Pan has not been fishable since Thursday. Pat says the Pan is as dirty as he has seen it in 30 years. Everyone is moving up to the Dam. Each of the creeks feeding the Pan is now emitting dirty water and will do so for at least the next few days. It has been so hot these last few days that the late snow and the extended colder period until now have made this run-off quite dramatic. In fact it was in the 90's in Glenwood last Thursday. Quite a change in the weather!
The Fork is similarly effected. So the best fishing at the moment is in the last few miles below Ruedi. Unfortunately that is no secret so it is quite busy at the moment. The weather itself has been beautiful. It is predicted to be sunny for the next 5 days and remain in the high 70's. The run-off will gather pace at this rate so the water will remain dirty for a little while.
This week Charlie got his first fish. He is three. He floated an egg and it worked. He has been netting my fish since he was 18 months, so it was great to return the compliment. He is named after his grandfather, a person who knew more about trout fishing and bird hunting than anyone I have ever met. He exhibited that great quality of the truly talented – humility. I hope Charlie follows in his footsteps.
Current Flow: below the Dam 152 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
At the moment the discoloration means that the best fishing is in the few miles below the Dam. Ed reported excellent midge and BWO fishing this week. Not much dry activity but excellent nymphing. He recommends black midge larva #22 and baetis nymphs #20. There have been great midge hatches throughout the day and in the evening. The weather has been too good and bright for good baetis hatches. Dave also reported great fishing using a large stimulator with emerger droppers.
Jeremy and Merle also reported great fishing towards the Dam, getting good result on parachute adams.
Recommended Flies: Most fishermen will head for the Pan and be using similar patterns so the fish are going to start getting educated. The fishing will therefore become more testing. So concentrate on taking your time, make sure your presentation is accurate and controlled and don't be afraid to change flies if your presentation is rejected. The forecast is for bright warm weather so the midges will abound. In the mornings, look to see if any midges are hatching. Some of the midges mid-river are 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 #22 black emerger dropper worked well this week. As the day progresses and the BWO's are in evidence, try the sparkle baetis and or the pheasant tails. Also try the Lawson's gray no hackle #20 and #22 or the sparkle comparadun with a dropper. When the flies are in evidence a single dry fly will work fine. 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 and black 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.
The Fork changed color dramatically and the flow has jumped by 1000cfs! It will remain that way for the next couple of weeks. The fish will still be about in the gentler water feeding mostly below the surface. Try larger flies - and stronger tippet will be invisible. Choose nymph patterns with a sparkle or a flash for visibility. A lite brite prince, flashback pheasant tails, sparkle baetis, any caddis pupa with sparkle. Chris and Travis reported good fishing stripping woolly buggers. Therefore any large streamer with flash will be worth trying. Remember the fish have to eat and the more visible the fly the more likely they are to see it. Fish where the silt is less likely to bother the fish. They don't like it in their gills.
Recommended Flies: In the discolored water, use nymphs with some flash. The fish will have to see the fly before they can take it. Try lite brite prince nymphs #14 - #18, gold ribbed hare’s ear #14 and #18; sparkle baetis patterns #18 - #20 egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #10 with some flash such as cone heads.
The Colorado has turned dark. We are not floating it now. Wait until run-off is done unless you have no choice. You will have to wade and find pools and sections where the flow is a little slower and the water a little clearer. The trout will try for those areas where they are less likely to be getting silt in their gills.
Recommended Flies: Midges, both dries and emergers; Bead head pheasant tails #16, 18; Blue Wing Olives #18,20; Ccaddis, nymphs and emergers; bead head prince nymph red #12 - 16; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #6 and #8 and smaller.