Another great week's fishing. The hottest weather is past. The weatherman was fairly accurate with his prediction of rain during the week. After running higher last weekend the releases into the Pan dropped to around 150 cfs for the week. However additional rain caused the release to increase a little on Friday so that it is running currently at 172cfs. Reudi is about 6 inches from overflowing so any sudden downpour in that large catchment which is sufficient to raise the inflow will cause the level of the releases to be increased. The flow in the Fork jumped around a little but generally it continues to settle currently running at Basalt at 609cfs.
We have had a lot of clients enjoying float trips at the moment. As the level of the Fork drops our guides are taking their clients a little lower between Basalt and Carbondale.
The Frying Pan is also fishing extremely well. The water is beautifully clear and as the various school commencements approach, the fishermen are beginning to thin a little.
This week we have some promised photos of a float trip with Alan Adger we reported 2 weeks ago.
Current Flow: below the Dam 172cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The fishing was excellent all week. The midge fishing was particularly good on Tuesday mid-river. The drakes are now higher up. Merle still reports that the Seratellas are out from 11am till 3pm mid-river. He is fishing them with a #14 Royal Stimulator with a seratella dropper. The BWO's were excellent near CapK during the rain.
The order of service is now midges and PMD's in the morning. Then from 11 am there will be drakes higher up. Then in the afternoon through the evening midges, caddis and PMD's with some BWO's higher up. So you can fish all day now well into the evening.
Recommended Flies:The river is perfect now. 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 11 am through 2 or 3 in the afternoon. 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 although they will now give the dries a good run as well. For pupa and emerger patterns try – Sparkle pupa #16, 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 will interest them. For the spinner fall try parachute patterns and spinners. Try stimulators close to town in the pocket water and drop a nymph off. As a general observation, now that the fish are under a lot of pressure, be a little selective with your flies. Try older patterns which the fish might not have seen. Now as the fishing becomes more technical you will have to bring all of your skills to bear. In the absence of the right fly and correct size with the correct presentation, refusals will be the order of the day. Try terrestrials if it is a little quiet.
Current Flow: near Emma - at Basalt 788 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The better fishing on the Fork it higher up where the water is colder. In addition as the weather cools, the additional rain is cooling things off nicely. Above Basalt there are still a few drakes, PMD's, caddis and BWO's. When there is cloud cover Ed has had great results on streamers. It is also great to go out later and fish into the evening. The last hour before dark sees some of the best feeding activity of the day. Merle and Brad fished this week above Snowmass creek and Merle insists his client landed a 27"-28" brown! Brad usually carries a camera, but left it at home!
Mid-river there are still a few PMD's, lots of BWO's and the caddis remain prolific. With the present water level, the best floating will be between Basalt and Carbondale. Ed, prefers to float in this area at the moment and advises that he is having great results on hoppers with nymph droppers. In addition the streamer fishing has been excellent.Lower down between Carbondale and Glenwood, the water is getting a little warmer. The fish are not as prolific but that is where the big ones lurk. Early morning and evening fishing towards Glenwood is best. We floated it today from Carbondale to Glenwood and there was a lot of traffic. We were moderately successful on 20 inchers and princes. Towards Glenwood there were a lot of people in tubes indicating that the water was not so cold. Furthermore, in the lower section nymphs on the bottom picked up a lot of slime fishing deep, indicating warming water. So don't fish on the bottom near Glenwood. However with the present cool change and rain it should cool down. As we entered the Colorado it became a river of mud brought on by the rain of late. Visibility was poor. The Colorado does clear further down a little. Although there was a modest hatch through the day, the best fishing would be in the afternoons (BWO's) and evenings. Towards Glenwood most of the fishing is with nymphs although as noted there are good hatches of BWO's in the afternoons. Ed advises that the hopper dropper rig works well down here as well as streamers.
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, drake nymphs and Caddis emergers. Also 20 inchers size #10 - #14. Green Drake patterns are also working well up higher and should for a little longer. Also use hopper patterns. When floating a large parachute hopper with a dropper is highly visible. Steamers are also working.
The Colorado is muddy again and will be for a while. We will wait until it clears more near Glenwood. However if you want to go out, try PMDs, yellow sallies and the ubiquitous stone flies. On balance most success is on nymphs at the moment.
Recommended Flies: Yellow sallies, hoppers, midges, both dries and emergers; Bead head pheasant tails #16, 18; Blue Wing Olives #18,20; 20 inchers size #10 - #14; bead head prince nymph red #12 - 16; streamers #6 and #8 and smaller; terrestrials.