The weather is clearing a little. We haven't any rain for the last few days.The Colorado remains unfishable but if the weather remains clear it may improve. Much or the color is coming from mudslides and that can remain for longer than it takes for the weather to remain dry.
The rains have continued to augment the flow in the rivers and have helped keep Ruedi above 82% full which is well above 2002 when on the same date the level of Ruedi ws 67102. Currently it is at 84423 acre feet. We have been expecting the US Fish and Wildlife Service to increase flows by up to 70cfs. This is due to happen at any time and will be good for the Pan and the Fork.
The weather is predicted to warm a little over the coming week with the temperatures approaching mid 80's during the day. Although there are forecasts of some thunderstorms, the chance is in the 20% range.
We are now in the height of the season. There have been a lot of visitors in town enjoying the conditions and the weather.
The rain and clouds during the beginning of the week brought on some of the best hatches we have seen this season. The dry fly fishing was excellent. The fish took midges, PMD's and BWO's and drakes even though we haven't seen as many this year.
The water remains at 195cfs, but it is just a matter of time before the US Fish and Wildlife Service increase their flows for the endangered species which should bring the flows up by around 70cfs. We have been expecting it for a week now, but the cooler weather and the rains have kept the rivers up a little encouraging the Service to "hold their powder" so to speak to have a marginally higher flow over a shorter period. We should know soon.
With the coming week predicted to be marginally warmer and maybe less rain, the fishing should be excellent with midges coming off as well as morning and afternoon PMD's, some drakes and BWO's in the shade.
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.