The fishing continues to be excellent. Good reports continue coming in from both the Fork and the Pan. The Bureau has been playing with the water flow a little on the Pan in order to control the level of Reudi. During the week they increased the release again to 260cfs however there was little adverse affect on the fishing. As the last of the run-off has been petering out they have reduced the flow so that currently it is sitting nicely at 192cfs.
Similarly the Fork has been slowing although the overnight rain has picked up the flow a little and reportedly colored the water below Carbondale. It is currently flowing at 1050cfs at Basalt.
Harry was fishing drakes on the Pan into dark on Thursday evening so they are now starting to come off. The drop in the water flow will precipitate the main hatch this week. So now officially we can say that everything is working everywhere. In fact Ed reported great carp fishing on the Colorado early in the week. For those of you who come up for a little while and want to try something exceedingly technical and a little different, Ed is your man!
Now is a perfect time to get onto the water in the evenings. The fish have not been too disturbed yet although the number of fishermen on the river is building daily. This week the weatherman is calling for cooler weather in the 70's and some showers. That will be a welcome change from the extreme heat last week. It has been Hot! The tropical weather pattern will start now, beautiful clear mornings, clouding over in the afternoon with a little thunder and lightning, a heavy downpour or two to cool things off and then beautiful evenings. So remember to pack a light rain jacket and fish on through the rain. It will go after it has driven a lot of fishermen from the water and leave the river to just you and the big fish!
Current Flow: below the Dam 192cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The flow jumped about all week up to a high on Wednesday of 260cfs so that the Bureau could control the level of Reudi. However it is back nicely at 192cfs at the moment and the fishing is excellent. Merle reports that the Seratellas are coming off from 11am till 3pm mid-river. He is fishing them with a #14 Royal Stimulator with a seratella dropper. The hatch will last for 3 – 4 weeks.Harry has reported drakes in the evening mid-river on Thursday. The trout will now be keying in to them. The PMD's continue late afternoon and going into the evenings. However there is also a morning hatch which lasts from an hour or so. The main hatch continues up until dark with the spinner fall into the night. Midges continue to hatch both mornings and evenings.
Recommended Flies: The river has dropped a little since Friday evening. The fishing is excellent. The water is very clear and the days are bright so make sure you are using light tippet – 7x. There is 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. In the mornings there have been PMD hatches which last for an hour or so. As the day progresses up higher the BWO's will be in evidence, try the sparkle baetis and or the pheasant tails. The green drakes on the Pan come off from midday so they will be in evidence now. Try nymphs duns and cripple patterns sizes #10 - #12. The caddis are coming off in the evenings so fish the pupa patterns earlier and the emergers later. Try any of the caddis dry patterns as well as the stimulators. The best results on caddis have been the pupa and emergers. Try pupa and emerger patterns – Sparkle pupa #15, peeking caddis #16, emergent sparkle caddis #16. The PMD's are coming off so try both emergers and dries – Barrs emerger #16 - #18, Pink Cahills #16 - #18, Melon Quills #16 - #18 and the PMD Comparaduns #16 - #18. Also try cripple patterns. If the fish are feeding but are rejecting your fly, change to a different size. Try to match the size as best you can. The fish will key in on a particular size and nothing else with interest them. For the spinner fall try parachute patterns and spinners. Try stimulators close to town in the pocket water and drop a drake nymph off.
Current Flow: near Emma - at Basalt 1,050 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork continues to fall and clear. The fishing is exceptionally good at the moment - particularly if you float. Ed, Travis and Chris have all been floating mostly higher up where the water is clearer and the fishing has been excellent all day. Everything is working including green drakes. The caddis in the afternoon have been particularly prolific. Be prepared to both nymph and dry fly.
Recommended Flies: In the clearer areas use the same flies as the Pan (See our report for the Frying Pan). There are however better caddis hatches on the Fork than the Pan. Use orange stimulators sizes #10 to #16, In the faster water, use nymphs with flash or attractors like the prince – size #12 - #16, 20 inchers, drake nymphs and Caddis emergers. Caddis pupa patterns in the morning. Green Drake patterns are also working well. Also use hopper patterns. When floating a large parachute hopper with a dropper is highly visible.
Ed has had some great fishing on the Colorado in the last week. The visibility is at least 6 feet lending itself to good dry fly fish. He reported that the yellow sallies were in abundance. In addition he had some good fishing for carp – something to try when you think you have the trout hunting down.
Recommended Flies: Recommended Flies: Yellow sallies, hoppers, midges, both dries and emergers; Bead head pheasant tails #16, 18; Blue Wing Olives #18,20; bead head prince nymph red #12 - 16; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #6 and #8 and smaller .