Wednesday 16th - Flow in the Pan has been cut back to 111cfs. Ruedi continues to fill slowly with the inflow around 200cfs.
We are a day late this week with the report. As noted above we have just opened a new shop in Woodland Park, Colorado trading under the name South Platte Fly Shop, and went down there for the weekend.
The weatherman was accurate with his prediction this past week with an outlook for relatively warm weather, a little rain but generally clear. The coming week is similar with temperatures in the mid 70's, the possiblity of some thunderstorms but generally clear weather.
Independence pass was opened last week and we come over on Monday afternoon. The snow pack is almost non-existent. There is little color in the streams and creeks indicating little run-off left to come. It is definitely looking like a brief run-off when the temperatures hit the highest elevations.
At a meeting this week in El Jebel the Bureau indicated if nothing changed there is a possiblity that Ruedi might fill, but the prediciton was highly qualified and with the admission that it is more than likely calls will come earlier than assumed it seems Ruedi won't fill this year. With the current inflow close to 200cfs and the reservoir over 78.5% full at the moment, we will just wait and watch.
The flow at 120cfs has spread the fish out a little more and giving a little more cover.
The generally bright skies have kept the midge hatches coming with some caddis in the afternoon and bwo's coming off when some cloud cover arrives. The prediction of possible thunderstorms this week indicates the possibility of good BWO's if it rains. Otherwise it is midges, baetis nymphs and caddis in the evenings. PMD's are also starting to appear.
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 - 389cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The relatively mild temperatures have kept the flows consistent in the Fork and the water color excellent for this time of year. The current flows allow for some rafting from Basalt and excellent fishing lower down if one is floating. The wade fishing remains excellent in the clear water.
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 Colorado is in good condition again with the relatively settled weather keeping the flows steady and not increasing enough to color up the water too much. The conditions will remain good provided the flows remain even. But as soon as temperatures pick up again, take care and check on the color of the water.
Recommended Flies: Stonefly nymphs such as the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher, rubberleg patterns such as Mike's BTB Coffee/Black and the Halloween Speckled Girdle Bug, with midges, eggs, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.