The Fork is running high and fast, but comparatively clear and fishable. It is just a matter of riding the flow and fishing to the seams and edges.
The Pan was raised towards the end of the week again so that it is now running at 340cfs but is very clear and offers great fishing.
For the coming week there is a prediction of some more thunderstorms and a little rain clearing towards the end of the week when the temperatures are expected push up again into the 70’s.
We have now had a lot of rain a quite cool weather for 2 weeks now which has actually be quite pleasant and offered some great days out on the river. The cool weather has maintained the flow in the Fork at Basalt around 2000cfs now for a while. It is over 2 weeks since the Fork topped out close to 4000cfs so the big question is whether hot weather will suddenly push the flow up past that mark or whether we have seen the top. The longer the flow stays at its current levels the less snowpack will be left to run-off. However the rain over the past 2 weeks would have deposited more snow up high. However one suspects that it would take quite a burst of hot weather fairly soon to push the flow up dramatically so it is just a matter of watching the temperatures and the rain to estimate how the remainder of the runoff will proceed.
We had quite a few visitors in town this weekend with the Basalt Council’s launch of the stimulus measures for businesses in the town. In addition the free fishing days over the weekend also attracted a number of fishermen.
Last week we noted that copies of “Fly Fishing the Tailwaters” by Ed Engle were fetching a premium in the market place. We have been contacted by a person who holds a signed copy of the book and advises that it is in pristine condition. If you are interested ring the shop and we will gladly put you in touch with the seller if it is of interest.
Hunter had a great trip with Cam this week
How much fun can a 5 year old have?
Lexie fishing with her "Princess" fishing rod
Landing a nice brown
Getting it out of the net
Now is that enough fun for a little one?.
Current Flow: below the Dam 340cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The Bureau raised the flows in the Pan during the week so that now we are around 340cfs. In addition during the quite heavy rains this week the tributaries put a lot of color into the river particularly below 7 castles. However they have cleared now and in the absence of any further sudden downpours the Pan should remain in excellent color and offer great fishing particularly with the forecast for some possible rain and cloudy weather.
The fishing has been excellent the last few days with the cooler cloudy weather bringing off some excellent hatches. The PMD’s are starting to hatch now and there are a few caddis in evidence as well.
With the prediction of more cloudy weather and a few showers this week, the fishing should remain excellent and be one of the few excellent waters for miles.
Recommended Flies: The predicted rain or cloudy weather should bring on hatches of BWO's and some excellent dry fly activity. There are also some caddis getting about on the brighter days. Midges still predominate although there are some larger mayflies coming off now as well mid morning on the brighter days.
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.
The Fork has run high and relatively clear now for the past week with the flows remaining in a tight range around 2000cfs. Consequently unless there is a sudden spate of hot weather if the Fork remains in this range for a while the fishing should be quite good provided you stick to the edges.
Floating is a matter of fast a furious action at the moment with streamers and big nymphs. The fishing on the edges has been good with the level remaining consistent as well. Harry and Cameron reported good floating during the week principally with big stones and san juan worms. There are also a lot of caddis about so pupa patterns also worked well.
For the next few days the key will be to watch the temperatures and note if you see rising temperatures. But while the flow remains a little below the levels it hit 2 weeks ago, higher up the condition should remain relatively clear. It will of course color up as soon as the melt covers new ground which has not already been scrubbed clean by this years flows.
In any case, if you are coming up give the shop a call at your convenience to get the latest update on the condition of the rivers.
Recommended Flies: For the moment with the flow fast but steady the water is in relatively good condition.
Fish the edges with caddis emergers and dries, baetis and pmd nymphs, stone fly nymphs such as Mckee's rubblerlegs and golden stone patterns, worms and attractors. Also try larger midge patterns along the edges as well.
If the weather warms quickly watch the flows and see if it begins to color up. This will drive the fish back to the more protected areas where the silt and material won't cause them as much anguish.
If you are floating, try streamers against the edges and in the quieter pockets as well as attractors, large stone fly nymphs with caddis emergers and san juan worms.
The Colorado is now essentially unfishable at the moment but with the flows beginning to top out It will begin to clear a little shortly. However if there is a rise in temperatures which accelerate the runoff, the flow will pick up.
So the best advice is that if you are in the area and want some great fishing, just turn on to Highway 82 at Glenwood and head towards Basalt for clearer water in the upper Fork and the pristine waters of the Frying Pan.