A lot of rain this week. Enough to keep the Colorado colored up and not fishable. As a consequence the floating is now busy from Carbondale down but it is getting skinny. The rain is helping flows a little but with the ground so dry it is soaking up the rain leaving little run-off, particularly as the downpours have not been overly heavy. It is great for the ground and the growth and is giving the brown grass a chance to regenerate a little. The forecast is for more thunderstorms and a little rain, so this may continue for a while. It is certainly a contrast from last month. Temperatures are a comfortable mid 80's rather than pushing to the triple digits.
The downside of the rain generally has been the clouding up of the Colorado which is keeping traffic on the Fork in a relatively confined area. The rain has been widespread hence the consistency of the color in the Colorado. But a few clear days and it should clear up.
The cloudy weather has brought on some great hatches although the drakes this year have not put in a strong appearance on the Pan yet. There are a few coming off during the day, but the predominant hatches are PMD's.
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The cloudy weather and rain have excited some excellent hatches through the week giving rise to some excellent dry fly days. Today for instance, there was a mid afternoon thunderstorm which brought quite a downpour for a very short period. The fish kept feeding right though the rain as the bugs continued to come off. A mixture of BWO's and PMD's. The fish took all manner of dries from Adams to BWO's and even found the Grey Wulff to their liking.
If it continues to cloud up in the afternoons as predicted, the dry fly fishing will be excellent.
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 - 368cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork has benefitted from the rain over the last few days with it spiking up a little. But in the absence of rain or increased releases from the Ruedi it gets lower and if the hot weather returns, everything will tend to shut down early in the afternoon.
The preference has been to get onto the Fork early and then off before the water temperatures gets too high. A few days of colder weather will be excellent for the conditions and will give the fish a little relief.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing but with PMD's and yellow sallies, and drakes coming off in the evenings as well as caddis, there are a range of options.
In the morning rusty spinners, midges, PMDs and Caddis.
For nymphing using attractors, drake nymphs, midge larvae and emergers, stonefly, pmd, baetis nymphs and emergers. As the day progresses small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well.
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 remains dark and colored so for the moment avoid it and wait for a few days of dry weather so that it can clear.
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.