With Ruedi full and high water well passed, the Bureau dropped the releases this week twice to bring the Pan down to 200 cfs. A perfect level. In addition the Fork is now running at 1040cfs at Basalt. The conditions are now perfect. I saw 2 drakes coming off the Pan close to town. Early but indicative of the hatches to come. Most of the drake hatches are reported lower down the Fork but with the lower levels it is only a matter of days before they will be higher up the Fork and coming off more consistently on the Pan.
With the lower releases the PMD's have come off nicely bringing the fish to the surface taking dries. Even if they are feeding sub-surface, a well presented dry fly will eventually entice them to come to the surface.
With such great conditions, the crowds have not arrived yet so there is a chance to get out onto the river and enjoy the hatches.
As expected, the Bureau dropped the releases this week bringing it down to 201cfs. The inflow seems a little flat at the moment at around 200cfs, so it may stay here for a little while before the flow fall futher. But as soon as it get closer to 150cfs at Meredith the Bureau will drop the releases again. Maybe they will stop at around 175cfs which will result in perfect conditions. With the tributaries dropping now, the flows closer to town will get a little gentler as well opening up a lot more water for some great access.
Today mid river there were PMDs coming off nicely and the fish responded well in the shallow water. However where it was a little deeper the fish tended to stay sub-surface and tended to ignore the dries floating over the top. There were plenty of BWO's coming off in the shade as well. So for those nymphing a combination of PMD nymphs and Baetis emergers would have been the perfect combination.
The forecast for the coming week is similar to the week passed with temperatures in the mid 80's as well as the chance of afternoon thunderstorms. We have had some rain this week but on some days the clouds gathered promising much but delivering little. Still the shade was welcome and encouraged some nice hatches to which the fish responded well.
So expect great hatches, a lot of decisions as to which fly to use and be prepared to have to put on wet weather gear later in the afternoon.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, PMD's and BWO's. Use drake nymphs because they are about and ready to come off.
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 coming off in the shade 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.
The drakes are due to start coming off so try the nymphs at the moment and get ready for the hatches around midday. For nymphs try the Flavilinea, the FPA Nymph and the Muskrat. As soon as the fish start taking dries start with the emerger and then try W's Drake, the Wulff, the cripple, and the Comparadun.
Current Flow: near Emma - 1040cfs (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. It is slowing down now and around 1040cfs at Emma the conditions are great. There are drakes coming off near Glenwood at night and there are reports they are coming off higher up as the water level falls.
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.
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 and Ed 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.