Wednesday 25th. The Bureau today indicated that there is no intention to raise the level of the releases from Ruedi in the near future. Therefore we won't have any increased flows disrupting Memorial Weekend. With the current snowpack near 300% the level of last years level in the Frying Pan catchment, the big question is whether the rain and snow will stop and whether it will remain cool enough for a nice long term runoff.
Another week of difficult weather with rain, some snow and unsettled weather for the first kids' camp for the year. Saturday it rained and drizzled on and off but it didn't duant the spirits. Sunday we woke to a beautiful blue sky and the promise of clear weather. It was not to be. As the day progressed the clouds blew in and a little rain fell. But by late afternoon the weather cleared and it was blue skies again.
The rain and warm weather has pushed up the flows so that the only consistently fishable water is the Pan. The forecast over the next few days is for similar changeable weather with the promise of clear blue skies and warmth from mid-week. The warmth earlier in the week pushed the flows well over 1400cfs but now they has settled back to just under 1000cfs at Basalt.
So the Fork, though high is relatively clean above Basalt and will afford some fishing along the edges and in the slower sections. The unsettled weather has brought on some great BWO hatches and the fishing was accordingly excellent on the Pan from 4 mile up.
With the promise of warming weather as the week progresses and higher temperatures, we are well into run-off now. So if you are considering coming up, plan to fish the Pan and drive past the Colorado and the Fork.
Ring during the week if you are coming up and we can give you a more uptodate view.
Current Flow: below the Dam 361cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The Pan continues to fish well in the unsettled weather with BWO's coming off from late morning through to mid-afternoon in the rain. Midges were coming off as well. Harry had some excellent days out mid-river with fish taking dries for a good part of the day. Up near the dam, the better dry fly fishing was below the bend pool and down where the fish positioned themselves to take the BWO's drifting by on the edges of the current. Otherwise the fish tended to stay low and feed as the nymphs and emergers drifted by sub-surface. The coming week promises more of the same in the early part of the week with the forecast of more changeable weather. So if it does cloud over, be prepared for some rain and wind, but the fishing should be excellent. Later in the week with the suggestion of clear warmer weather, the midges will be stronger but the baetis will still be moving about sub-surface and will come off intermittently.
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.
The flows ran up to over 1400cfs early in the week and then held back as the colder weather and more snow and rain came in. The flows has slowed back to just under 1000cfs for the moment affording the opportunity to fish the edges and the quieter water as the water is a little cleaner. But mid-week it is predicted to warm up again so one would expect that the flows will pick up quickly and render the Fork unfishable except at the higher elevations.
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.