The weather warmed up considerably as accurately predicted last week by the weatherman. Today it is in the mid 70's with quite a wind blowing. The rivers are gathering color rapidly. The Fork has risen quickly over the past few days and went over 800cfs midday today. It has really colored up. The Colorado jumped 2000cfs and is now just a river flowing upside down.
With the forecast over the next 10 days generally for temperatures to be in the high 60's to 70's there is little prospect for respite. The lowest predicted temperatures are in the 50's over Tuesday and Wednesday but the overnight temperatures will remain in the 40's.
The caddis are coming off well lower down now with a few coming off near Basalt.
Ring during the week if you are coming up and we can give you a more uptodate view.
Current Flow: below the Dam 348cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
Thankfully the Bureau has left the Pan alone so that at these levels it remains good fishing although it is hard to wade lower down towards town as the tributaries contribute to the flow. But certainly from the 4 mile mark where it widens out there were a lot of fishermen trying their luck over the weekend. While the food source remains small the fish are staying in the slower water where they can get something floating by.
In the warmth there are a lot of hatches starting. A few caddis were flitting about over the water while the midge were coming off well in the bright sun today. The water quality is excellent generally. However as the tributaries start to pick up their flows, they will contribute a little color and more water volume lower down, so the best place to start to look for a place to fish is probably the 3 mile mark.
Recommended Flies:There is good fishing now on both midges and BWO's. The principal hatches are midges, but the BWO's are building in intensity.
With the warmth arriving there will be caddis starting to move about. In addition as the water gets higher try bigger bugs in the faster water where it is deep. The fish will take large attractors where the water is fast enough and it is a little colored. It also enables one to get away with heavier tippet.
Although the Fork was great fishing even up until today up higher, with the flows jumping up as they are, one suspects that a few more days of hot weather and the levels will move up quickly. The forecast is for a few damp days, but the temperature is not predicted to fall below freezing so at best, the level might hold for a few days if it does get cold and this will permit a few days more good fishing. But as it starts to rise again covering new ground it will pick up a lot of material and the fish will head for the edges and the quiet water.
Recommended Flies: The best results now are nymphing deep with eggs, attractors such a princes and hare's ears, worms, stoneflies and small baetis nymphs.
The Colorado is a sea of mud so just drive by, turn onto highway 82 and come up to the Pan.