The caddis are out in force. Take a look at these shots Cameron took on a trip on Thursday. Now that's a caddis hatch! Indeed, word has got out and the fishermen have been arriving to take in their share of exceptional caddis dry fly action over the past few days. With the weather remaining warm for the moment and the flows well down, it will be this way for a while. The temperatures are going to keep in the low to mid 70's over the next few days and possibly result in some thunderstorms and showers. It is certainly unseasonal April weather.
With the Pan still flowing at 41cfs the fish are only in the gutters and deeper holes where they exist. Ruedi is currently approaching 73% and with the inflow over 150cfs and increasing with the hot weather, the level will keep rising. But for how long? The snow pack is dismal relative to the average. We'll see if we get any significant rain. It would help to ensure Ruedi fills before the calls start.
So the outlook for the coming week's fishing is excellent with the possibility of some rain as the week progresses. The bet fishing will be on the Fork and the Colorado. The Pan is tough at these levels.
Current Flow: below the Dam 41cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
With the flows remaining at 41cfs the fish have established themselves in the deeper holes, gutters and runs. In the bright light they are spooked easily and therefore the fishing has been tough. There is excellent bug activity with a lot of caddis unseasonally early on the Pan in the warm dry days. There is a possibility of some cloud cover and rain in the coming week which will assist and give the fish a little comfort and will coax the out of the deepest water if the hatches are strong. But if we don't get any significant cloud cover or rain, it will be a tough week with slower lower and very clear water with blue skies.
If you are coming up, make sure you set aside time to fish the Fork which is fishing better at the moment.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, caddis and BWO's.
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.
For caddis, wait for the day to develop and let the fish move towards the surface. In the mornings they are still tending to stay low and generally only coming to the surface if there is a decent hatch or some caddis floating through. Try small olive elk hair caddis and king's river caddis.
Current Flow: near Emma - 251cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The fishing on the Fork remains excellent and on some days has been preferable to fishing the Pan. The dry fly fishing has been excellent with great hatches of midges coming off. In addition with the stoneflies rolling about there has been great nymphing with 20 inchers and baetis nymphs as well as midge larvae. The flow has remained fairly consistent over the past week below Basalt. The water color is showing little evidence of run-off tending to confirm that most of the lower elevation run-off is done. It is now a matter of enjoying the fishing until there is a weather change or until the higher elevations start to melt off in a month or so.
Overall the conditions are excellent and will remain that way over the next week if the forecast holds.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing using eggs, worms, midge larvae and emergers, stonefly and baetis nymphs. Good patterns include the BB FB Epoxy 20 Incher, the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher and the CTB RL Epoxy 20 Incher.
The water condition improved on the Colorado after the cold snap which slowed the melt and cleared the flows. Currently the fishing has been excellent. It is a matter or how long before the temperatures pick up the run-off again and the conditions deteriorate. So enjoy it while it lasts. The caddis hatches have been prolific and the dry fly action has been unseasonally good.