Another warm week with the rivers staying low, minimal evidence of run-off and in fact the flow in the Pan being cut back to 111cfs. The talk remains of the low water, but while there are no calls on the river, Ruedi continues to slowly fill and is currently at 80%. With the Fork currently at 455cfs it is a new record low for this day the previous low in 2002 being 556cfs. The Fork should be running around 1100cfs in Basalt now, giving an indication of how low it is.
We had a little rain overnight during the week, but no enough to make an impression. The ground is drying out and unless one gets water on it, the grass is not making much of an effort. It is still May, but it feels a lot later. The trees seem to be a month ahead of their usual cycle.
The temperature is predicted to be in the 80's over the next few days and hardly a hint of any rain. Maybe later in the week there is an indication of a possible cooler period and maybe some thunderstorms, but the probability remains low.
Although it is very much in the traditional off-season at the moment, the good water conditions are bringing fishermen to town. The Fork was a little tough higher up this week although so far we had peaks a month ago. The Pan remains good even though they dropped the level back to 110cfs.
With the Pan back at 110cfs the fish are tending to move back into the deeper water a little. The bright light today kept the fish low and there were minimal hatches. However when cloud does blow in, the BWO's have been strong as well as the usual midges.
The Pan will remain at this level until there is a call on the water for more releases. Currenlty Ruedi continues to fill which is good in terms of having the ability to release more water during the coming months. It is just a matter of time before the Pan picks up further and remains that way through the season. The US Fish And Wildlife Service will certainly make their calls on the water come August/September guaranteeing good flows into October which will help the Fork below Basalt as well.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, caddis and BWO's.
For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BUV mysis.
The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try Wilson's Candy Cane #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 - 455cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The flows remain steady and low at the moment with the current flow at Basalt below the record low set in 2002. This is indicative of the low releases from the Pan as the guage is below the confluence with the Pan. The fishing was quite tough on the Fork up towards Aspen this week with the low flows and some material in the water. The better fishing appears to be lower down. The low flows are preventing any floating from higher up except for the most intrepid souls.
So despite the low flows, 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.