Things proceed back to normal. The freestones continue to come down and the Bureau dropped the Pan another 25cfs this week. Ed reported that the Colorado fished better today than it has this year. And that is a big call for Ed. The drakes were so prolific on the Pan today, that Mike said there was no reason to change to a nymph at any time during the day. These are good indicia of the fishing quality now. It is excellent.
Over the coming few days, the temperatures are predicted to range to the mid 80's with clear skies at the beginning of the week to a little cooler and possible rain later in the week.
So the outlook for fishing is excellent. Not too hot, the rivers coming down and the fish feeding well. In an interesting observation, Ed indicated that the fish he has been catching on the Colorado have been quite thin and not in there normal condition for this time of year. This is obviously a legacy of the tough runoff and the fact that the fish haven't had the opportunity to feed well at this time of year. It means that they are feeding strongly, but it is also indicative of the toll the runoff has had on the fish this year.
Current Flow: below the Dam 194cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The fishing has been excellent this week with fish taking dries all day long. Even if they are not feeding on the surface, the fish are responding to the lower water and taking flies off the surface making for some great dry fly fishing. The condition of the Pan fish is very healthy with a great mixture of rainbows and browns. Mike reported that the fish fed on drakes on the surface all day today, regardless of whether the naturals were coming off. Mid river it was the same with the fish taking a variety of flies offered from caddis to larger BWO and drake patterns. The fishng is excellent now all the way to town with the reduced water flow.
Recommended Flies:There is good fishing now on PMD's, midges and BWO's. There are also a lot of drakes coming off.
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. For dries the fish vary a little as the day progresses but generally the Colorado drake pattern #12 has been very productive as well as the straw wing emerger.
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.
In the evenings the fish will take caddis patterns as well.
Current Flow: near Emma - 826cfs (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 826cfs at Basalt it is now offering great floating the full length of the river. The fishing was a little tough at times this week with the fish switching continually between the various hatches. The high water has really palyed havoc with the hatch cycle this year. Ed and Cameron reported it was necessary to change a lot between yellow sally nymphs, baetis emergers, attractors and even streamers to get the attention of the feeding fish. As the time progresses the hatches will return to a rhythmn which will be a little more predictable.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing using drake, stonefly and yellow sally nymphs. Caddis and baetis nymphs and emergers will 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. Ed reported an excellent day on Sunday, the best day so far this year. The fish are feeding well deep down and are trying to catch up on the feeding opportunities lost over the period of high runoff when the fish were more interested in protecting themselves.
Recommended Flies: Big stonefly nymphs, rubberleg patterns, yellow sallies, PMD and baetis nymphs are all recommended.