All waters continue to fall. The Fork is settling nicely as is the Colorado. And the Bureau dropped the releases a little more this week on the Pan bringing it down to 135cfs where it currently sits. The Pan is as low as one would like at this point. The lack of calls for contracted water at the moment is keeping it at this level.
At just a little uner 600cfs at Basalt, the water level is perfect now for this time of year being just above the mean.
Last week there was a prediction of the rain and cooler weather for the week. But that prediction proved erroneous. So the weatherman is having another go and is calling for isolated thunderstorms this week with the temperatures in the low to mid 80's. Let's see how accurate this prediction is. Actually it would be nice to get a little rain for the countryside.
We have been quite busy over the past week, but with schools getting ready to return one expects things may quieten down a little before the colors begin to turn.
It has been a strange year. We have not had the very hot days of previous years, yet the reports from other areas further south are of continuing hot weather. Talking to Dan this week, he said that the water he guides over winter is currently running at 3cfs!! That's barely running. And another report from other rivers further north are that they have missed a good part of the season and only now are beginning to float in some places. This will be devastating for some businesses. The fishing window for visitors is small enough. To be narrowed further in these tough economic times will test the resilience of many operations.To paraphrase Thomas Paine these are indeed times to try the souls of men.
So we have been extremely fortunate to have had the benefit of the tailwater's of the Frying Pan this year. And now it is excellent to see the other rivers now in great condition and fishing extremely well.
Current Flow: below the Dam 135cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The Bureau dropped the flows twice this week bringing them down to 135cfs. The drakes have been coming off very well towards the dam making for some great dry fly fishing. In addition, the PMD's, midges and BWO are obliging. There are not as many caddis about this year and the fish have not been responding to caddis as they did in the past.
Generally it is a matter of switching between the various hatches and concentrating on presentation. With the water now low and accessible, the fish will be seeking the protection of the deeper pools near the current. With the pressure they have been receiving, presentation will be key.
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.
For PMD dries use the 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 are coming off nicely now. 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. Geoff has had great success this week on the sparkle wing drake.
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.
Current Flow: near Emma - 579cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork continues to come down nicely and is currently at a perfect level for floating and wading. Cameron reports that the BWO's are coming off nicely and bringing the fish to the surface. Generally the quality of the fishing is improving nicely in the Fork. Kyle has reported some great days out above Basalt.
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 though late the drakes are coming off in the evenings higher up and the caddis are evident as well.
The Colorado is fishing well now. Ed, Cameron and Mike are reporting that the best fishing is currently in the Colorado. They also report few other fishermen down there. 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.
The best rig is a big rubberleg first followed by a smaller emerger baetis or maybe nymph around #18 fished deep down.