Everything is now as it should be, or close to it. The Pan is running at 253cfs, the Fork is coming down fast and is now at 1560cfs at Basalt and very clear and the Colorado is starting to show some signs of clearing water.
It has been a while. The Pan is fishing very well with some drakes PMDs, BWO's and midges all getting into the act. The Fork, though fast is fishing very well requiring a little more lead than normal but with the fish feeding well in the clear water the results are good.
So overall we are now looking forward to an excellent season. The higher water means that the flows will be excellent through August and into September promising excellent fishing on the lower Fork and Colorado in the hot weather.
With ruedi close to full and the inflow around 200cfs, one would expect the Pan to drop a little in the coming week. But with current flows around 250cfs the conditions are excellent and the fish are looking up.
The coming week promises maybe a little rain and thundershowers.The temperatures was into the 90's this week, but the forecast for the coming week is a little cooler and maybe in the high 70's to 80's so that will make for excellent conditions for some BWO hatches and the drakes as they start to come off in greater numbers. The water is loaded with nymphs now, so it is just a matter of time before we see strong drake hatches.
So the conditions are excellent now on the Pan and the Fork. The Colorado should be great very shortly.
Current Flow: below the Dam 253cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
With the water now at 253cfs and the water loaded with drake nymphs it is just a matter of time before the celebrated drake hatches start coming off during the day. There are a few drakes coming off now and the fish will take the smaller drake patterns as well as PMDs. Nymphing has been very good as well with PMD, midge and BWO emergers. Drake nymphs have also worked very well.
The weather is forecast to cooler a little in the coming week so that will make for some great dry fly action if it is cloudy with a little rain.
Recommended Flies:There is good fishing now on PMD's, midges and BWO's. There are also some drakes around.
Now that the PMD's are coming off twice a day, in the lower water, the dry fly fishing will improve daily as the fish get used to looking up in the slower shallower water to take the bugs off the surface. The big fish will be spread out nicely and haven't been disturbed lower down for weeks. So the fishing will be excellent.
For PMD dries use Sparkle Comparadun #16-#18, Thorax PMD #16 - #18, AK's Melon Quill, AK's Parachute Red Quill, Rusty Spinner's, Pink Cahill, Lawson's No Hackles. In addition use emergers and nymphs when there is not much surface activity.
Drake nymphs are in the water in great numbers and a few smaller drakes are coming off so take both larger and smaller patterns out as well as emergers and nymphs.
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.
The caddis are evident now in the warm evenings as well as a few PMD's and midges. 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 Fork has come down very nicely and if offering both great wade and float fishing. The floating is still fast and with the water getting lower, it is evident that the runoff has shifted about a lot of material in the river. So take care if floating. As the water gets lower it will be necessary to be vigilant to see where the bottom has shifted.
The fishing has been good with big stoneflies and smaller nymphs as droppers. The fish have not come to the surface much yet, so concentrate on nymphing. The drakes are not much in evidence higher up but will be shortly, particularly as the river comes down. So the even dry fly activity should be excellent shortly.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing using drake, stonefly and yellow sally nymphs. Caddis and baetis nymphs also work. There is not much dry fly activity now but very shortly the drakes will be off in the evenings and the caddis are evident coming off in the slower water.
The Colorado is improving, and will be offering good fishing in the quieter sections if wading. When floating, it will be a matter of seeing where the dropoffs and contours are and fishign down to the fish.
Big stonefly nymphs, rubberleg patterns, yellow sallies, PMD and baetis nymphs are all recommended.