The Bureau brought the Pan down a little more during the week so that it is now running at 226cfs. The drop in the flows has revealed a lot of remade river and some washout. There is a big jumble of material between Catherine's Store Bridge and Carbondale which is making passage of larger craft most difficult. Shortly the river will be low enough to permit the material to be removed but take care of that for the moment and inquire at the shop if you intend floating in that area.
The floating from near Aspen is now excellent with a very clear and strong flow which should last for some time now before it gets too skinny. And the Colorado is also fishing well with reports of great floating. We have had the threat of some rain and a little has fallen but just enough to freshen things up.
So overall conditions are perfect and the weather is ideal. The highs for the coming week are in the mid to high 70's with the possibility of thunderstorms and rain. So take care to take along wetweather gear. When the clouds come up the dry fly fishing will be excellent on the Pan.
Current Flow: below the Dam 226cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The Bureau dropped the flows down to 226cfs during the week, so now the Pan is perfect all the way to town. The water might be a little faster in the canyon but it is now accessible along the edges and wadable in the wider sections. A lot of visitors arrived in town over the last week to enjoy the excellent fishing conditions.
During the week the fish took a range of dries including drakes, PMD,s BWO and midges as the clouds rolled in and a little rain fell as predicted. It was nothing of significance and simply cooled things down for a while. The coming week promises more of the same with great hatches through the day and into the evenings.
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.
Current Flow: near Emma - 1170cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork continues to come down nicely and now with it being a little over 1100cfs at BAsalt it is now offering great floating the full length of the river. There are a number of sweepers in the rivers and a jumble between Catherine's store bridge and Carbondale. So those floating through there should get an uptodate report to see whether it is passable. We had great reports of fishing the full length of the Fork all week with the preferred rig being deep nymphing from a boat or raft. There were also good results from streamers.
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 higher up and the caddis are very evident coming off in the evenings.
The Colorado is fishing well now. Mike and Kyle both floated it this week and reported good fishing from deep nymphing rigs.
Big stonefly nymphs, rubberleg patterns, yellow sallies, PMD and baetis nymphs are all recommended.