Thursday 8th July - The Bureau has dropped the flow in the Pan again. It is currently running at 164cfs and making it exceedingly accessible and wadable. Overnight we had a little rain.
Wednesday 7th July - Some heavy cloud cover blew in during the afternoon and we had a little rain. Not much. Just enough to cool things down. The fish didn't rise much in the rain but in the evening they rose to dry flies. After taking a few caddis, just for interest sake a #14 female adams was offered and the fish accepted in aggressively. No sign of any drakes mid-river yet, but it should be soon. The fish are definitely looking up now even though the best results are still nymphing at the moment. Midday they were taking PMD and baetis emergers.
Tuesday 6th July - Drakes are reported to be coming off the Fork at Basalt now and a few have been seen in the lower part of the Pan. Teh Fork continues to come down quickly and now is at 893cfs at Basalt. Everything is perfect now.
Monday 5th July - With the Pan now at 194cfs the water level is very accessible now. The lower level is bringing on nice dry fly action now. In addition the Fork just dipped below 1000cfs at Basalt. It is coming down very quickly now.
Great fishing this week on all rivers. Ed, Cameron and Mike all reported some excellent floats on the Colorado and the lower Fork. The drakes are coming off on the Colorado as well as massive caddis hatches. The drakes on the lower Fork are coming off in the evenings so the best way to enjoy those is an evening float. The upper Fork is not seeing much drake activity on the surface, but the nymphs are very active. The Pan is also fishing very well. The dry fly fishing has improved over the last few days with the lower water giving the structure the ability to create differences in the current and the flow.
It is now only a matter of time before the drakes move higher up the Fork with the rivers all dropping quickly. The Bureau has brought the Pan down to 236cfs over the past week and it is now perfect. It is wadable in most parts, but just a little difficult in the deepest flows affording greater protection to the fish. It is a perfect balance. The tributaries have dropped considerably so the Pan is offering good fishing now for most of its length. The Fork has also come down very quickly and next week will probably drop below 1000cfs at some point. It is currently 1200cfs and has dropped 550cfs over the past week.
With the July 4th weekend upon us, we are now attracting quite a population of visitors into the Valley. The increasing number of cyclists along the Frying Pan Road dictates extra vigilance when driving its length. There are a lot of campers this year. Matt travelled above Ruedi this weekend fishing some of the smaller streams and was surprised at the number of fishermen who had chosen to journey so far up. It is great to see the natural resources being enjoyed. There are quite a few out on the rivers closer down, but surprisingly there are not the numbers in some places that one would expect.
The hot weather is bringing in tropical changes in the later afternoons with dark clouds and the occasional shower. This will generally persist for a while provided the weather remains hot and will offer a pleasant respite in the afternoons with some great fishing.
Overall now, great weather and ideal fishing conditions. We'd love to see you if you have the time and a mind to wet a line.
Current Flow: below the Dam 194cfs. (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.
In the evenings towards Glenwood try big stimulators and drake dries as the drake hatch comes off. The hatch will move up river quickly during the next 10 days.
The drake nymphs are very active now as the hatches are imminent so try stone fly and drake nymph patterns 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.