We had a lot of fishing visitors in town as is traditional in the week after the Denver Fly Fishing Expo. They enjoyed some good weather and some great fishing.
The early part of the week saw some lovely hatches in the afternoons as the clouds came up and the BWO's and PMD's came off. However the last couple of days has seen bright sun and a full moon. So the fishing has been a little tougher at least until midday. The colors are beginning to change so we expect more visitors over the next 4 – 6 weeks. This week it was cold on a couple of mornings. It was 39 degrees at my house on Wednesday. So if you are keen to get onto the river early, rug up well. However be prepared to shed layers as soon as the sun hits you. The weather report is calling for colder weather mid-week with a prediction of some rain. The clouds in the afternoon will give rise to great hatches so dress with that in mind and be prepared to stay on the water through the rain. However if there is any thunder and lightning, you may consider getting off the water.
We hope you have a chance to drop by in the next few weeks. Many of the locals enjoy this last part of the season the most with few fishermen and just before they have to revert to midges and invisible leader.
Current Flow: below the Dam 297cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The water continues to flow at around 300 cfs but the fishing has been great. Early in the week the afternoon welcomed cloud cover which brought on some great hatches in the afternoons. On Monday there was a particularly thick hatch of PMD's mid-river. The fish responded well principally to emergers and cripples. Up higher, the drake hatches intermingle with PMD's, BWO and midges.
The order of service remains midges and PMD's in the morning. Then from midday to early afternoon there will be drakes higher up. Later in the afternoon, particularly if it is cloudy, there will be BWO's and PMD's. Then through to the evening there will be midges and PMD's. If it is bright during the day the fishing will be a little tougher.
Recommended Flies: The river is perfect now even with the flow running at aboutn 300cfs. The fishing is excellent. For some the marginally higher water might make wading a little difficult so come by the shop to check if you need some directions. The water is very clear and the days are intermittently 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. The green drakes on the Pan now come off higher up in the afternoon. Try nymphs, duns and cripple patterns sizes #10 - #12. In the afternoon if there is good cloud cover and possible rain, there may be a good BWO hatch. If so try Lawson's no hackle #18 and #20, Adams #18 - #22. There is a range of good BWO patterns so be well stocked and try them all. The fish will be fussy and will key into a particular size or color so be prepared to change quickly if you are getting refusals and you are happy with your presentation. Sometimes the hatch will be so thick it is just a probability question whether the fish will see your fly. The BWO's and PMD's will come off in succession and the fish will change quickly, so be prepared to change you flies if the rising fish are now ignoring you. When the PMD's are coming off 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. As noted above, 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 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 the fishing is getting more technical so 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 and the wind is blowing.
Current Flow: near Emma - at Basalt 557 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
We had no rain to speak of in the past week so the Fork is continuing to drop nicely and offering some great fishing. With the lower water most of the floating is now down valley. A small craft will still work well higher up if you are careful and get out and walk where you are unsure. Ed, Merle, Travis and Harry have been out throughout the week and advise to continue with BWO's either nymphs or emegerers in conjunction with an attractor such as stimulators or hoppers. Use the sparkle baetis, RS2, pheasant tails and any similar small nymphs as droppers. As the day progresses use emergers as well as the nymphs.
Recommended Flies: Above Carbondale 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 stimulators sizes #10 to #16, In the faster water, use nymphs with flash or attractors like the prince – size #12 - #20, sparkle baetis #18, RS2 and Sparkle RS2 #18, pheasant tails #18 - #20 black and brown, beadhead and non-bead head, and Caddis emergers. Also 20 inchers size #10 - #14. Use hopper patterns with droppers. Streamers are also working.
The dry week has cleared up the Colorado so the fishing is good. Try PMDs, BWO's streamers and the ubiquitous stone flies. On balance most success is on nymphs at the moment.
Recommended Flies: 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; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #6 and #8 and smaller; terrestrials .
The Colorado continues to remain a little cloudy. We will wait until it clears more. 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.