The good news this week was the increased releases from Ruedi which pushed the flows up to 181cfs for a few days. The releases have now settled back to 165cfs but it is still good and very comfortable. With the temperatures pushing higher as we enter the first week of summer, the more cold water the better. By the time the flows get to Glenwood the water temperature is getting to levels which will stress fish in the middle of the day.
The inflow at Meredith is current 116cfs and falling so Ruedi will continue to fall now having peaked at a little over 88%.
The coming week will continue to be hot with a faint promise of a few thunderstorms but if it is anything like today, there might be a few clouds, a rumble or two and then blue clear skies with nary a drop in temperature.
We conducted the kids camp this weekend and had a great time. We will post some photos during the week. It was so successful that Cameron is considering putting on another one later in the year when things slow down a little. We will put up a notice when the date is confirmed.
With the releases having picked up a little the hatches have responded nicely with great morning and afternoon PMD's some BWO's in the shade and caddis the dry fly fishing is great. Nymphing with pmd, small stones, baetis, midges and caddis larva is also good. On Sunday afternoon with the change threatening to blow in, the fish settled a little lower but still took dries floating overhead. The higher water has allowed the fish to move a little more to the edges to feed as the higher water offers a little more protection.
The coming week promises more of the same if the weather remains consistent. There is much talk of when some rain will arrive and cool things a little. In the meantime, enjoy the readily wadable water as one would expect releases to increases and the summer proceeds.
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 - 357cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
Despite the fact that releases from Ruedi have pushed the flows up a little, the overal flows in the Fork continue to fall so that the level at Basalt will offer a challenge to most craft except for a single raft. One would expect increased releases will push it up a little. But the natural flow is low with the Fork at Aspen not even reaching 30cfs. One would expect this will be bad for the fish shortly. With the Pan below Maroon Creek showing 264cfs the wading is still good.
The dry fly fishing in the evenings remains excellent with PMD's, yellow sallies, caddis and drakes as it gets dark.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing but with PMD's and yellow sallies, 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.
The Colorado continues to fish well but with the rising temperatures and falling flows we are getting to the time that fishing during the day will begin to stress the fish. This is remarkably early and means one should take care on extremely hot days to consider not fishing during the heat of the day. Ed and Chris have reported some excellent days out on the Colorado with yellow sallies pouring off as well as PMDs.
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. For yellow sally dries try the headlight sally or the Flintstone.