***Update - Tuesday 12th July***
The fishing is now fantastic. The water is clear and the fish are feeding well. Merle had a 60 fish day yesterday!! Ed had a 50 fish day. And the most amazing part, is that no-one is on the rivers to speak of. For the last couple of days our guides have been busy but they are observing that very few other fishermen are about - so they have it all to themselves. I went out last night on the Pan to see for myself. And sure enough. The PMD hatch was a sight to behold. The fish were slapping the caddis to get them out of the to get to the PMDs! The midges were also thick. And the big fish are also still spread out. They have not been sufficiently disturbed to get back to their favourite deeper haunts. Anyone lucky enough to get out now before the crowds get onto the water will have an exceptional time!! For the latest reports call the shop (970) 927 3441 and talk to Art or Pat.
For the Week ending 10th July 2005
The run-off is practically done and the Pan is back to normal – pristine and great fishing. The level of the Fork is also abating and the fishing is excellent. It has been hot and the green drakes are coming of on the Fork. It is only a week or 2 until they are on the Pan. The fishing reports are excellent all round.
Jeff Duvall aged 14 shows off a lovely 17" rainbow he caught on July 3rd on the Pan.
Current Flow: below the Dam 149cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The fishing is excellent. After the high water flow the fish are still spread out and we are catching unusually large fish in places where they have tended to be smaller. The fish will relocate themselves shortly but in the meantime, the fishing is exceptional. There have been heavy caddis hatches mid-river in the evenings. Usually they are thick just before dark. Consequently, earlier in the day the fish are responding to caddis pupa patterns. The midge hatches have also been thick. Baetis have been good both nymphs and dries. There are a lot of PMD's coming off and a spinner fall in the evening as well. Basically everything is working except the Drake dries. The drake nymphs are in the water and are moving about.
Recommended Flies: The river has dropped back to 149cfs and will drop a little more as the tributaries dry up. The fishing is excellent. The water is very clear 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. 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. The BWO's will start up higher 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. The caddis are coming off in the evenings so fish the pupa patterns earlier and the emergers later. The best results on caddis have been the pupa and emergers. Try pupa and emerger patterns – 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. 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 1,375 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork has peaked and is dropping well. The fishing is excellent particularly if you float. Our guides have 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.
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 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.
We are still not floating the Colorado now. Although the run-off is almost done, there is still cloudy water down valley and in the Colorado so we are concentrating up valley. You will have to wade and find pools and section 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.