The weatherman was fairly accurate this past week with the prediction of a little rain and cloudy weather. In fact, it got a little colder higher up and left a dusting of snow on the top of Sopris and anything else above 12,000 feet. The touch of cold sent shivers down many spines knowing that summer is fast departing. The weather gave rise to some excellent fishing as well as keeping the Colorado cloudy a little longer. But now the weather has cleared as well as the Colorado River. So the coming week should see more floating from Glenwood down if the rain holds off.
The prediction for the coming week is warm in the 70's and generally clear. So it is back to more seasonal early autumn weather, beautiful days, and the colors beginning to appear. The Pan remains at 300cfs while the Fork has ticked up a little with the recent rains. At Basalt it is now an unseasonally high 650cfs putting it at a record for this time of year. This makes for great floating higher up as ordinarily it is too low now to float craft from above Basalt. It is a nice change. It also guarantees great water flowing into the Colorado.
So overall this week promises great weather, great conditions and great fishing. If you are coming up, drop by the shop. We can point you in the right direction is you want any assistance.
Current Flow: below the Dam 305cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
With the river holding steady for the week, the fishing was fantastic. The cloudy weather brought on great hatches and the fish fed well. The quality of the fishing now is excellent with plenty of great access. At 300cfs the river is harder to wade in the narrower sections lower down, so take a little care where you try to enter if you are unsure on your legs. But overall the conditions are great. The coming week promises clear warm days so the fish will be just a little more wary in the bright light and the BWO's will tend to come off in the shade. But as the crowds thin out there is ample opportunity to find a stretch of river for yourself now practically empty. It is a great time of year so if you have a mind to do so come up and enjoy it.
Recommended Flies:There is good fishing now on PMD's, midges and BWO's. There are also a lot of drakes coming off. The drake hatches have been excellent closer to the dam over the past couple of weeks.
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.
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 - 653cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The rain and colder weather over the past week has pushed the flow in the Fork up a little more making for a great flow for floating from Basalt. The flow is at a record level now for this time of year and makes access easier. The condition of the water is excellent and with the prediction of warm clear weather for the week it promises excellent fishing. With the Colorado clearing, more traffic should be there leaving the lower Fork a little less pressured now that the rains seem to have passed. Overall we are looking forward to a good week.
The fishing near Basalt has been excellent with rusty spinners in the mornings and baetis in the afternoon. There are still a lot of caddis about as well.
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.
The Colorado is beginning to clear now that the rains have passed for the moment and the weather promises to be fine and warm. The Colorado has been spotty this year with opportunities to fish interspersed between the exceedingly long period of high water and now the rains which have driven off much of the traffic. Now, however, it is looking good and if the seasonal pattern remains in place, we should not have much more trouble staying on the Colorado through to the end of the season.
Recommended Flies: Big stonefly nymphs, rubberleg patterns, with small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.
The best rig is a big rubberleg first followed by a smaller emerger baetis or maybe nymph around #18 fished deep down.