We trust you had a safe 4th July Weekend. The rivers all continue to fall. With the inflow to Ruedi currently around 200cfs, it is just a matter of time before the Bureau drops the releases back in the Pan. At around 315cfs the fish have tended to stay lower on the Pan over the past week limiting the dry fly action.
With the forecast for hot weather to continue next week we are anticipating some tropical weather with afternoon thunderstorms getting more likely. So be prepared for the possibility of a little afternoon rain if you are going to go out. The storms will pass quickly but keep an eye out, particularly if there is any chance of a thunderstorm.
It would be expected that the Bureau will begin to drop the releases this week. Currently Ruedi is beginning to fall just a little with the outflow exceeding the inflow. It will be good for the dry fly fishing when this happens. The fish are tending to feed sub-surface with the higher flows and though the nymphing is great the dry fly action has been sparse. There are good hatches of PMD's now in addition to midges and BWO's in the shaded areas.
Recommended Flies:Use midges 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, nick's larva in miracle pink, olive, and purple back, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, rainbow warriors, black polywings #18 - #22 and bling midges # 18 - #22.
With the beatis nymphs and BWO's moving around now try small nymphs such as pheasant tails, bubble backs, FPA sparkle baetis and rs2's. When the BWO's come off parachute adams and standard BWO patterns. Also try the parachute BWO and the thorax patterns.
The PMD's are now coming off so try the nymphs before the hatches start and then emergers and dries. Try Pink Cahill's, Sulphur Dun's and the Comparadun for dries. For emergers try the FPA beadtail emerger, the FPA special emerger, and the killer mayfly pmd.
Current Flow: near Emma - 1500cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork continues to drift lower as the peak has passed but around 1500cfs at Basalt it is still fast. There are drakes coming off near Glenwood at night so it won't be long before they are coming off higher up.
There are good reports on the Fork wading along the edges with big flies such as girdle bugs and flash prince or san juan worm droppers. The floating is fast so be on top of your game to take advantage of the pace.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either attractor patterns down deep. Alternatively stoneflies with attractor patterns or baetis.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
As the Colorodo continues to fall the fishing has been improving with Cam advising of some great floating. The advantage of the Colorado at this level is that it is not as fast as the Fork and makes for a gentler ride.
Recommended Flies: Generally the way to go is nymphing with small baetis, the FPA sparkle baetis, sparkle rs2's and biot emergers. 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, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.