More rain. The Colorada remains dirty and float traffic is banked up on the Fork from Carbondale and Westbank down. With a "more of the same" weather report, it seems that most fishing will be confined to the Fork and the Pan.
The US Fish and Wildlife is scheduled to increased releases from Ruedi shortly, so we could see flows about 70cfs higher over the next week. This will augement the flows in the Fork and given the level at Basalt in the mid 300's the increase will be noticeable.
Overall fishing reports have been good over the week in pleasant temperatures which have cooled off during the afternoons with a little rain. The moisture has caused the BLM to modify further fire restrictions which is certainly good news for campers and indicates that the dangers are mitigating.
The cloudy weather and rain continues to excite hatches but this week the hatches haven't been particularly strong. That didn't prevent the fish taking well presented dries, but it made it a little disconcerting when one would expect strong hatches during the rain.
The weather prediction is for a continuation of clear mornings with clouds gathering, some grey skies and a little rain. The temperature remains comfortable in the mid 80's. In the bright light the fish are still tending to stay deep or keeping in the shade.
The flows at this level have enabled fishermen to access the Pan all the way from Basalt. However shortly when the releases increase in response to the request from the US Fish and Wildlife service it will get a little harder to wade closer to Basalt. But still the fishing will remain 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.
The drakes are decidely noticeable by their absence this year. We have seen very few hatches of any significance, although the fish will take dries. Try emergers and nymphs and for dries the adult green drake .
Current Flow: near Emma - 337cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork has fluctuated a little with some rain pushing up a flows a little and adding a touch of color. The flows have not varied much from last week overall so the floating has been limited from Carbondale to Glenwood. The wade fishing though has been good with a variety of hatches from tricos in the morning, through PMD's, BWO's and caddis.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing but with PMD's and bwo's and caddis coming off in the evenings, 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. The ongoing rains have kept the color flowing and have added a little silt to the edges which one hopes will be washed away when the releases pick up.
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.