So as far as the Fork is concerned, it is a non issue at the moment. At 1500 cfs at Basalt it is a rafting proposition only. But the Pan has been fishing very well these past few days even though it is a little higher as well. From mid-river up there have been some great BWO hatches as well as midges and the cloudy weather has helped nicely.
The cold of the past few days will change to warm early in the coming week so the question is whether the lower elevations have had a good start to the run-off or whether there is more higher water to come. Provided it maintains its current pace the lower tributaries to the Pan are clearing up even though the volume remains high. So that is the question for the coming week.
So if you are coming up, give us a call and we will give you an uptodate report on the river conditions.
What to do when the rivers are blown? Sandy Karp went bonefishing to the Bahamas.
Sandy with one of many.
Joe with a nice one.
Current Flow: below the Dam - 344cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The Bureau put the river up a little during the week so that it is now marginally higher. But it did not affect the fishing and the hatches were good. The water is certainly noticeably colder at the moment, but the BWO’s and midges came off nicely over the week end. There was some nice dry fly fishing but the best results were with an emerger behind a parachute adams #20 - #24.
The fish are seeking out the quieter water so take care moving along the edges and the wider sections of the river.
Recommended Flies: The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try WD-40's #20 , red and black chironocones #20, brassie's #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, black polywings #18 - #22 and garcia's rojo midges # 18 - #22.
If the fish start moving higher in the water column or get active under the surface, try the gray loopwing emergers #20 - #22, the FPA special emergers, biot emergers both with and without the trailing shuck and gray RS2's #18 - #22.
When they are on the surface, try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, suspended midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns such as a parachute Adams in sizes from #20 through to #28.
The fish are well onto the baetis now. Try some small nymph patterns such as pheasant tails and the FPA sparkle baetis #20 - #24 down deep. In addition try the emerger patterns like crystal hunchback, juju baetis, the mighty mite, icebreakers and the FPA sparkle baetis - #18 - #24 and rs2 #18 - #22 and soft hackle baetis #18 -#22.
If BWO’s start to come off try dry patterns like the adams and parachute adams #20-#24 and the matthews #18 - #24 with an emerger dropper. If the fish are under the surface try fishing 2 emergers with a very small weight to get the flies down a little. An rs2#20 behind an FPA emerger or sparkle baetis with a thorax bead will do the trick.
On the bright days the BWO's will tend to come off in the shade. But if it starts to rain, don't come in. Just stay out on the water as long as you can - unless its an electrical storm!
The Fork really jumped during last week from 1280cfs last Sunday to 2750 by Thursday. Although it has dropped by 1250 cfs at the moment, the Fork is really in full run-off mode. So for as long as this lasts, its not worth trying to fish it with the Pan just around the corner. With more warm weather coming this week, the Fork will only get bigger for the moment.
Don’t bother stopping to try the Colorado. It is just too dirty. Just head up valley past Basalt and turn left to the Pan. The Colorado won’t be worth the effort for a while so long as the weather remains warm. So check in with the shop to get an uptodate report if you are coming up later in the week.