Another great week of fishing with some more rain and great hatches. Today, was a little muggy after some heavy rain yesterday and last night. As a consequence the Colorado colored up as well as the lower Fork. The consequence was some excellent fishing on the Pan with some great hatches all day. Mike reported that it was possibly one of the better drake hatches of the season with strong hatches of BWO's coming off between the drakes.
We have a couple of fun fish stories this week. Mike's client hooked a 10" brown and was playing it. As he watched a flash indicated the presence of a larger fish. Mike's first instinct was that the second fish was going after the dry first fly. But it was in the air! Then the realization dawned. The new arrival was attacking the hooked fish. A moment later the attacker had seized the 10" fish and was holding onto it. Mike moved into the water and attempted to net both fish but as he approached, the attacker dropped the smaller fish. The hooked fish, fell back into the water and proceeded to thrash about. The larger fish then turned, came back and seized it enabling Mike to net and land both. The larger fish was 25" and Mike promises his client will send us the photo in the next day or so enabling us to post it.
And a second story. Davide has been out here for nearly 3 weeks from Italy. A superb dry fly fisherman and a great eye for a photograph, he has left us with another trove of great photos for this week's report. One series of photos is of a brown which he caught while it had a sculpin in its mouth. A great shot.
The prediction for the coming week is a continuation of scattered thunderstorms and temperatures up to the mid 80's. With the drakes in proliferation on the Pan now, we could have great drake fishing for weeks to come. The Fork is fishing well and the Colorado should clear again soon.
Current Flow: below the Dam 213cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The flows were increased again a little on Friday so that now the Pan is running around 213cfs. The fishing has been excellent with Ed, Mike, Cam and Harry all reporting great drake hatches over the past few days. On Sunday for instance in the warm relatively humid and cloudy weather, the drakes came off in waves puntuated with hatches of BWO's a few PMD's and some caddis. The fish fed under the surface but had no hesitation taking a dry drifted over the top.
The overnight rain has created a nice change over the past few days so that next morning there is sufficient moisture about to create a little humidity which seems to assist the hatches.
The fishing is excellent on the Pan and with the strong hatches of drakes now, it seems that finally the traditional drake season has arrived in full force. Given the late start it should continue now for some time affording the opportunity for some great dry fly fishing over the next few weeks.
Recommended Flies:There is good fishing now on PMD's, midges and BWO's. There are also a lot of drakes coming off. This week Ed and Mike have commented that the drakes are the best they have seen this year.
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 well 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 - 500cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The fishing in the Fork is excellent with the conditions perfect. The rain over the past few evenings has added a little to the flows so that there was a little color down stream overnight. As I write this report the rain has started again accompanied by some thunder so it remains to be seen how much rain falls tonight.
The fishing has been excellent with rusty spinners in the mornings and baetis in the afternoon. There are still a lot of caddis about as well. With the water remaining around 500cfs at Basalt, the conditions are perfect.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing using drake, stonefly and baetis nymphs. In the mornings rusty spinners, and in the afternoons progress to caddis and baetis nymphs.
A little rain upstream has colored up the Colorado, but in the absence of more rain it should clear shortly. The fishing has been good but as previously noted, the condition of the fish has suffered this year with the big long runoff. Consequently, the fish have only now started to put on the condition one would expect at this time of year.
Recommended Flies: Big stonefly nymphs, rubberleg patterns, 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.