This week's report is almost a repeat of last weeks except that Ruedi is a little higher. At 87.7% The level in Ruedi continues to creep higher, but with the inflow exceeding the outflow by only about 70cfs, as soon as releases pick up in the Pan, that will be it for the maximum level of Ruedi for the year. We have had no hint of rain as the temperatures remain in the high 80's. Today in Glenwood the high was 96degrees.
The forecast for the coming week is the same with temperatures in the 80's, some wind and generally clear blue skies. Some afternoons we are seeing the first signs of dark thunder clouds forming which in time will bring the monsoonal type weather we typically get in the afternoons at the height of summer. But it is early in the season for that.
This past week we were busy with the Aspen Food and Wine festival bringing a number of people to town. They enjoyed some great fishing, particularly floating in the evenings with drakes coming off lower down the Colorado. PMD's are coming off well now as we move into summer.
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.
Have a look at this photo of the lower Pan I took today. It is a long time that that Pan was in this condition in the 2nd week of June! The fishing was excellent of course. Fishing only dries, they took a variety of parachutes in the faster water.
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. Harry reported that he fished PMD dries with clients all day in the lower section of the Pan yesterday.
One would expect the flows to pick up in the Pan over the next 2 weeks when calls start to come for water lower down. So enjoy the lower sections of the Pan while it is possible to wade sections which will be harder once the flows are higher.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, caddis, PMD's 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.
The PMD's are now in evidence and working well. For nymphs use the micro mayfly, pheasant tails, and emergers such as the FPA beadtail emerger. For dries, use the CDC comparadun, larger Adams, and parachutes.
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 - 400cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The flows are dropping quickly in the Fork. Near Aspen they are ridiculously low for this time of year. The minimum recorded in 2002 was 56cfs. Currently the reading is 39cfs. That is dangerously low for the upper Fork and will certainly lead to fish kill if this keeps up, which it most likely will. Over the next week or so, it is expected that the Pan will pick up when releases increases so below Basalt the Fork should move higher before the end of the month and remain their for the rest of the season. This means that the best fishing will be from Basalt down when the flow is augmented by healthy Ruedi releases.
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. In the evenings dries are working well, with the H & L Variant being very visible as the light fades. For the stone fly nymphs good patterns continue to 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.