For the Week ending 26th June 2005
What a week! Reudi started releasing water into the Pan on Monday and by Wednesday it was very difficult fishing. At the moment the Pan is running at 418 cfs. At Basalt the Fork is running at 2420 cfs. On the 24th it touched 3000 cfs for a moment. So although the Fishing is tough as we speak, the run-off has peaked and is coming down. The Frying Pan is governed by inflow because Reudi is almost full. In view of the fact that the freestone rivers have peaked it is expected that the releases will drop in the Pan and from early in the week it will be possible to access it in most places. The water has already cleared substantially.
Although we are getting into the summer season, there have not been many people in town. Next week is the 4th of July and we expect the numbers to pick up. The fall in the rivers will coincide with the arrival of the visitors. We think the Drakes will be up at Basalt in about 2 weeks. The PMD's are now out in force. There have already been some excellent evening spinner falls.
Although the past week has been tough it is a blessing as if the colder weather had persisted we could have experienced run-off into August! We are looking forward to seeing you in town. Drop by the shop.
Here is a photo I took this morning of the Pan mid-river to give you an idea of the flow.
This is the same spot in January
Current Flow: below the Dam 418 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The fishing was tough. It was a matter of trying to find quiet water somewhere. There were great PMD hatches on the Pan which went uninterrupted by the fish mid-river. Although the weatherman called for rain and cloudy weather towards the end of the week, the rain came in the evenings and the heat continued. As a result the run-off has peaked. Taylor Creek is dropping quickly and is clear. The Roaring Fork has dropped in the last 2 days so the inflow into Reudi would similarly have peaked meaning that the releases from the Dam will drop from Monday. The releases are an attempt to prevent Reudi from flowing over and being uncontrolled. Even today the flow has dropped 10 cfs to 418cfs at the time of writing indicating that the Rocky Fork flow has dropped and will continue to do so.
When the flow drops it will be interesting to see the extent to which the river has been cleaned out and re-engineered. The water was clearing of color from yesterday so the only difficulty will be getting on to the water to wade.
Recommended Flies: The forecast is for the temperature to stay in the mid-seventies with chances of showers and remaining cloudy. By the end of the week the temperature will begin to pick up. As the river drops, the fishing should be excellent with the hatch which are now coming off through the day. There will be good midge activity in the morning. So 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 nothing much is going on at the surface, it is also worth trying a sparkle baetis and midge larva together weighted down. If the fish are moving without breaking the surface, they will be taking emergers. As the day progresses and the BWO's are in evidence, try the sparkle baetis and or the pheasant tails. When the flies are in evidence a single dry fly will work fine. Of late the #20 -#24 CDC dries are getting the best results. In the bright light try not to let your leader drift in the same line as the fly. The lighter the tippet the better. The BWO's will start to hatch mid-afternoon and continue through so be prepared to stay out for a while waiting for the hatch. 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. Keep an eye out for caddis. Try pupa patterns. There are caddis from time to time on the Pan but there has not been a great deal of activity yet. The PMD's are starting to come off so try some quill patterns mid-river. The predominant color at this point is pink. Try stimulators close to town in the pocket water. They are working there.
Current Flow: near Emma - at Basalt 2,420 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork has peaked and is beginning to slow. Although we had some rain last night which will contribute a little to the flow, the river should begin to drop quickly. The fishing should be great particularly if you float. If you check the graph on our links you will note that it takes until midday for the water to peak each day at Basalt from the previous days run-off in the high country. This means that the ideal time to get out onto the river above Basalt is in mid to late afternoon. Our guides, have been taking trips out in the afternoons and evenings when the flow has dropped substantially giving the best chance for some good fishing.
Recommended Flies: In the clearer areas use the same flies as the Pan. There are however better caddis hatches on the Fork than the Pan. Use orange stimulators sizes #10 to #16. In the slightly discolored water, use nymphs with flash or attractors like the prince – size #12 - #16. Caddis pupa patterns in the morning. The cloudier water means one can use heavier tippet so there is an advantage in such conditions. As Ed has reported drakes and PMD's lower down towards Glenwood, keep an eye out in the slower water.
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; Caddis, nymphs and emergers; bead head prince nymph red #12 - 16; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #6 and #8 and smaller.