The weatherman predicted moderately variable weather last week. And he was off. We had a rollercoaster of weather from heat to snow and cold with more snow being added to the already high snow pack. The amount of snow is challenging the clearing of Independence Pass which is presently intended to be open in 2 weeks. However the rafters are looking for run-off which will ensure water lasts longer in the Fork than usual. This is great news for fishermen as it will keep the flow higher and colder and will benefit the Colorado downstream from the confluence with the Fork when the colder water keeps the temperature colder during the hottest days of August.
With the forecast for possibly more showers over the coming week, at higher altitudes this will add to the snowpack.
The weather was sufficiently cold during the week to slow the melt a little at higher altitudes which meant that the fishing above Basalt was great as the flow dropped a little from the 1000cfs flow last Wednesday. If the weather continues to warm the flows will pick up again as the week progresses.
The Pan has remained at 350cfs releases but it reading a little higher because of the flow from Rocky Fork. So generally the best fishing in the area at the moment is the Pan or higher up the Fork if it remains colder.
Ring during the week if you are coming up and we can give you a more uptodate view.
Current Flow: below the Dam 355cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The Pan continues to fish well with more fish being taken nymphing as the higher flows tend to keep the fish in the slower water out of the current. The caddis were about when it warmed during the week as well and midges BWO's and a few larger mayflies about #16. The coming week promises some more variable weather but as it warms again the tributaries will pick up their flows. The higher flows dropped as the week became colder, so now although it is running higher, Taylor Creek is very clear. This will be the same for all other tributaries. So watch the weather map and call the shop for the latest report if you are coming up.
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 flows at 880cfs are higher than last week, during the week they peaked at 1000cfs so the lower flows now mean that the water above Basalt is in great condition. Harry reported that the fishing was good yesterday floating from Basalt with the fish taking girdle-bugs and princes.
This good water condition will continue until the warmer weather hits again and the melts pick up. The coming week promises a few showers, so there is the chance that the temperature will remain cold at higher elevations holding back the melt above Aspen.
If this comes to pass, the fishing will remain excellent above Basalt for the coming week so don't bother stopping anywhere below Basalt. Just come here, check the water condition and either fish the Pan or head on higher up the Fork.
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.