The weatherman's prediction for this past week was accurate with temperatures climbing a little and some rain. There was enough overnight rain on Friday to put paid to floats on Saturday morning. But with the additional flow in the Pan from the releases during the week the Pan was excellent and helped clear the Fork above Carbondale by Saturday afternoon.
The prediction for the coming week is a little more rain and cooler temperatures in the mid 70's to 80's. It will be excellent conditions for dry fly fishing on the Pan in the higher water. Provided there isn't too much rain the Fork should remain clear, certainly above Carbondale. But the Crystal has been behaving badly so the lower Fork is intermittent while the Colorado struggles to improve.
The increased releases from the Pan have pushed up the flows nicely in the Fork. On the weekend it was evident that a few rafters were putting in at Basalt to make the journey to Carbondale and their passage, though a little rough seemed fine enough. So if the flows stay at this level, with a little work, it is possible to float from Basalt. This will take a little pressure off the lower river where, the Crystal permitting, most of the floating has been concentrated while the Colorado is in poor condition. Cameron is floating the Colorado in the morning so we should have a better report in a day or so. Of course, the rain with change that.
Overall though with the Pan running higher and the Fork flowing better now, it is good news for the remainder of the season, particularly if it remains cooler.
We are going to the Fly Tackle Dealer show in Reno this coming week, so if anything interesting is apparent we will report.
The increased flows from the long anticipated releases by the US Fish and Wildlife finally arrived and have pushed the Pan to a perfect 245cfs. After a day or so settling down, the fishing is fantastic. Today with a nice BWO and PMD hatch, the fish aggressive took the floating flies from the increased protection of the bigger flow. It was some of the best dry fly fishing this year with both browns and rainbows in beautiful aggressive condtion.
With the forecast for some more rain and lower temperatures the coming will offer some excellent fishing.
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 - 371cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The increased releases from the Pan and a little rain has pushed up the flows nicely. Overnight rains on Friday colored up the Fork and put paid to any chance of floating from Carbondale down as the Crystal dumped color in rendering the lower fork unfishable. But above Carbondale the fishing will good as the flows from the Pan quickly cleared the color coming from higher up. Furthermore the increased flows enabled rafting from Basalt with a little effort.
So now there is some better access to the Fork if you have a light raft and are prepared to push a little. The weather for the coming week promises possible cooler temperatures and some rain, so watch the weather and check in case the Crystal renders the Fork unfishable below Carbondale again.
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 has been unfishable for a while now, but Cameron is floating it in the morning and will report so I will update this after I get his report.
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.