Saturday 3rd July: The Bureau dropped the releases again last night so now the Pan is running at 236cfs and is perfect.
Wednesday 29th June: The bureau dropped the releases by another 20cfs today. With the current level at 308cfs and the level of Ruedi holding at 99.4% one would expect the level to drop again shortly. At 1440cfs the Fork keeps dropping and getting better for floating by the day. The green drakes are coming off on the Colorado with good reports of dry fly fishing on the edges on Tuesday.
With the runoff effectively done and the Pan down to 328cfs the fishing this week was excellent including some good fishing on the Colorado in the last few days. The Fork continues to come down quickly and the water is very clear. The floating on the Fork has been great for the past week with good nymphing and strong results on streamers. The Pan has been fishing superbly with PMD's coming off very well in addition to a good caddis hatch in the evening which is bringing the fish to the surface.
We now we are well into the season, about 2 – 3 weeks ahead of normal. There are quite a number of fishermen in town now although it cannot be called crowded by any measure. The weather forecast over the next few days is for it to remain hot and clear with the possibility of a few thundershowers later in the week. In fact we had a little afternoon overcast weather yesterday and a similar threat today as the heat of the day tends to bring on some clouds and a possible shower in the late afternoon.
With the weather in the high 70's it is quite warm out on the water. The fish are beginning to come to the surface so over the next week one would expect the dry fly activity to get better. So if you have been waiting for the Pan to reach perfection, it is just about there. The best advice is to get here before the July 4th weekend.
We are looking forward to a great season and the early start is just making it better.
Current Flow: below the Dam 328cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
On cue, as the flow in Meredith continued to fall and Ruedi started to drop the Bureau dropped the flow so that it is now down 100cfs from last week. The conditions are now perfect. The high water has done its job of spreading the fish out and now they are finding their preferred spots for the season to feed on the coming drake hatch. The fishing was excellent most of the week with the bright light slowing things down a little on some mornings. But the evening fishing has been excellent with the fish responding to dries such as caddis and attractor patterns as well as PMD's. The fish have not been feeding a great deal off the surface until the last few days but the lower water has allowed the slower areas to develop where the insects can eddy out and the fish feed on them.
Results have been best nymphing with small midges and baetis patterns as well as fishing PMD and BWO emergers as the hatches approach. On Sunday for example with a hint of a colder change blowing in, the fish tended to stay low but fed aggressively on PMD emergers with a baetis emerger behind it.
The weatherman is promising some thunderstorms in the coming week with the temperatures getting to the mid to high seventies. So for the coming week expect bright clear mornings and early afternoons with clouds gathering and maybe a thundershower in the evening. If the clouds gather early in the afternoon the BWO's will come off nicely and with the lower water expect to experience some excellent dry fly activity.
Recommended Flies: There are now midges, PMD's Caddis and BWO hatches to choose from. The drakes will be here shortly.
There is a morning and an evening PMD hatch. Currently the fish are taking emergers #16 and #18 fished down. Try Barrs emergers, the bubbleback, and the FPA PMD beadtail emergers.
For caddis try the elk hair #14 and #16 olive as well as emergers.
For baetis, the fish will take tiny baetis nymphs like tiny pheasant tails. So try small black and olive patterns #18 - #22 as well as brassies to get them down. The fish are also taking BWO emergers, so use the FPA baetis emergers, the sparkle baetis, rs2's and other small emerger patterns. In addition as the water slows down, there will be better dry fly activity so try adams, extended bodies, matthews and parachute adams. Lighter colored bodies such as the grizzly wulff will also serve as PMD patterns.
The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try WD-40's #20, red and black chironocones #20, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, black polywings #18 - #22 and garcia's rojo midges # 18 - #22.
As they come off 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. In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, suspended midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26, loopwing emergers #20 - #22 and FPA special emergers #20 - #26.
The Fork is now fishing very well. The water is still high and fast but is coming down. Ed advises that the best results have been nymphing even though there have been a lot of caddis and yellow sallies coming off. Towards dark there are strong green drake hatches so if you have a mind to float it would be worth considering going out later in the day and into the evening to get the later hatches.
As the level of the Fork comes down the wade fishing will get better with the force of the flow beginning to dissipate enabling a little more wading. The fishing is excellent along the edges so it is just a matter of patience. At the moment the better places to wade are higher up above Basalt where the flow is lower unaffected by many of the tributaries. The drakes will be near Basalt shortly.
Recommended Flies: If the water is clear, try baetis, midges and PMD nymphs in the morning. In addition in quieter areas where there are a lot of midges coming off, try black and gray midge emergers. Try small baetis nymph patterns such as pheasant tails #18 - #24. Baetis emergers try RS2, the crystal hunchback, juju baetis, the mighty mite, icebreakers and the FPA sparkle baetis - #18 - #24.
As the day progresses in the faster water try caddis emergers and dries with baetis and PMD emergers. Try Barrs emergers, the bubbleback, and the FPA PMD beadtail emergers.
The drake nymphs are very active now as the hatches are imminent so try stone fly and drake nymph patters as well.
If you are floating try streamers, particularly heavier flies with enough weight to get down quickly.
The Colorado has been fishing very well this past week although some rain in the upper Colorado brought down some color which stopped fishing on Saturday afternoon when it reached Glenwood. The drakes are coming off as well as yellow sallies. Ed and Cameron both reported great fishing. Floating gets the best access at the moment and the water conditions are as good as the Fork at the moment when clear.
Recommended Flies: With the Colorado having improved considerably over the past 10 days, there is now excellent fishing with massive caddis hatches, drakes coming off and yellow sallies. The best result will be from nymphing although the evenings have been affording some nice dry fly activity. Interestingly a lot of crane flies have been flying around earlier than usual so terrestrials should be considered if the weather remains hot dry and windy.