Another week of warm to hot weather with no rain in sight. And it seems the coming week will be more or the same. The dry is evident in the fields where irrigators haven't been able to water pasture. The grass is brown. Anyone cutting their lawns must get water on quickly otherwise the warm to hot wind is drying off the mown areas quickly. It is very dry.
It has been quite windy and given that the Fork did not go past last weeks peak this week, there is a good chance we have seen the highest flows. The condition of the Fork is excellent and with the current flow at 608cfs there is great fishing and floating now. But if the peak has passed, the period for good floating from Basalt won't last as long as usual. So consider floating sooner rather than later.
Ruedi continues to fill and is another 3% higher over the past week currently at 86.4%. Two more weeks and we will be at 90% provided there are no releases in addition to the current flow. So we continue to wait and see how much more it will rise.
The Pan remains at 110cfs and steady while lower down the flows pick up just a little with the tributaries contributing a little, but not much. However over the past week the tributaries have slowed down so the Pan remains unseasonally low down to Basalt. Overall the fishing has been good with nymphing in the mornings and midges coming off while during the day there have been nice hatches of BWO's and a few caddis. Lower down there are PMD's coming off and the fish are looking up. There was good dry fly fishing over the weekend with the fish taking #18 Adams and Female Adams. The takes were not aggressive as the fish are just beginning to key in to the larger bugs.
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 Reverse 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 - 608cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The flows touched 900cfs last week but didn't even get back to that level this week with the warm winds and hot days. It is a fair bet that we have passed the peak. Further evidence that we are well advanced in the season are the drakes being seen on the lower Fork already. The PMD's are coming off as well as caddis.
The hot days are producing summer like conditions with good fishing in the mornings, slow early afternoons and then the fishing picking up into the evenings. We have been starting floats later in the day and fishing until dark to get the best of the conditions. While the flows are where they are floating is a great option. But given the way the flows have been behaving, the floating on the Fork above Carbondale may not last for the usual period. So take the opportunity to float earlier rather than later.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing but with PMD's and a few drakes coming off in the evenings as well as caddis, there are a range of options. For nymphing using attractors, drake nymphs, 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 continues to fish well and is in excellent condition for this time of year due to the seasonally low water. The fishing is better in the mornings and later afternoon so where there is a choice we are going out mid afternoon and floating until dark. There are a few drakes, PMD's, sallies and caddis coming off so there are a range of hatches to fish to.
Recommended Flies: Try Royal Stimulator and the Lime Trude. For nymphing use yellow sally nymphs and small baetis. For stonefly nymphs use 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.