Another excellent week. The Bureau dropped the releases from Ruedi a little earlier in the week so the Pan is now running at 210cfs. Great for the Pan but it has taken a little flow out of the Fork. With the dry week the Fork is now dropping close to 300cfs at Basalt making it a marginal proposition at best for floating. However the good news is that the Colorado has now cleared sufficiently for Ed and Cameron to report excellent floating over the weekend. So not all is lost.
The coming week promises generally dry weather with maybe a chance of rain so the conditions should remain similar. It was quite hot today with the temperature in the mid to high 80's. The forecast temperatures for the coming week is in the mid 70's with maybe a little rain and some cloud.
There were quite a few fishermen out over the weekend enjoying the conditions. We had a lot of visitors on the Pan and the Fork near Aspen was very busy. Lower down there was quite a bit of float traffic and a number of wade fishermen. It is great to see so many people out enjoying the season.
We went to the first 2 days of the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show at Reno and were decidedly unimpressed. The attendance was poor and the number of manufacturers who decided not to attend underlined the growing irrelevance of such a show at the height of the season. It borders on insane for manufacturers to show new products in the middle of the season and list the products to be discontinued before their vendors have had a chance to sell them. It is quite obvious that the trade show is dominated by a few manufacturers who want to get their early season orders for next year before this year is over. It is also obvious that some of these manufacturers now just use dealers to fund their inventory with pre season orders and then stitch them up by announcing new models half way through the year and then prevent the dealers from selling the stock online via ebay or amazon to recover their costs before the season is over. Simms is a great example of this.
Many dealers build the product identity and then the manufacturers take that support and sell the product via a big box store using the dealers as unpaid showrooms. Just go to cabela's and search for simms, winston, sage and fishpond. Simms now sell online as well. So it is obvious that many of the manufacturers now longer attend the IFTD because it has lost its relevance for them.
There are a number of smaller companies who are now identifying dealers to get their products out to the public directly and not via conventional means. Rising has cut ties with Umpqua and is offering their products directly to dealers. Mystic Rods is doing a fantastic job of offering a quality product via unconventional means to dealers and thence to the public. Adams Bilt is another company offering a great range of products at a reasonable price out to dealers who see the value they can offer to their customers.
It will be interesting to see how this industry plays out. At some point in the future business principles and customer service may get some consideration as legitimate standards by which to operate. Time will tell.
With the releases reduced a little midweek, the Pan is now flowing at 210cfs. Very comfortable for the Pan. The hatches remain excellent throughout the day with early morning PMD's, midges and then BWO's and a few drakes.
The forecast is for a little rain and generally cooler temperatures. So the fishing should be very comfortable and the hatches will offer some excellent dry fly 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 - 310cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The moderate reduction in the releases from Ruedi and the warm dry weather have reduced the flows in the Pan near Basalt to close to 300cfs. This is tough for floating unless you have a single craft and are prepared to do a little dragging. Even lower down now, some of the guides are preferring rafts as the boats are scraping along the bottom in places.
The clear week really cleared up the Fork and the water condition is now excellent all the way to Glenwood. The wade fishing and access is now excellent.
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 cleared nicely towards the end of the week. A little rain earlier in the week postponed it a little longer but Cameron and Ed reported excellent floating on Saturday. So now with the anticipation of a relatively clear week the fishing should be excellent if the Colorado remains clear as there has been little fishing pressure for weeks.
Recommended Flies: Use small baetis behind larger stonefly nymphs. 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.