We had some rain as predicted. In fact it was probably more than anticipated. Early in the week we had a deluge which put a lot of color into the lower Pan below Seven Castles. It was beginning to clear and then we had another downpour which blew out the Crystal as well as Seven Castles Creek again. The result is that the lower Fork has some color all the way to Glenwood but it is clearing and not overly significant. However the forecast over the next few days is for more rain and lower temperatures. So it is a matter of keeping an eye out and checking with the shop for river conditions. It should clear by the end of the week.
The drakes are coming off well on the Pan so the dry fly fishing has been excellent and the cloudy and rainy weather have brought on some great hatches. The word "epic" was used more than a few times this week to describe the quality of the drake hatches on the Pan from mid river.
The rain was sufficient to increase the inflows to Ruedi so the Bureau put up the releases to closer to 200cfs to maintain control. The Pan is currently flowing into Ruedi higher than the outflow. Consequently Ruedi is filling and is 99.1% full at the moment. If we get a week of dry weather and the inflows slow, the releases will be reduced again. It is governed by the weather.
The rain during the week was sufficient to increase the flows into Ruedi. Consequently the Bureau put up the releases to retain control as Ruedi began to fill. Currently the inflows exceed the outflows but they are reducing at the moment. The question will be whether we get much more rain during the coming week.
The rains blew out Seven Castles Creek so at the moment the Pan below the 4 mile mark is not in great condition but it is clearing daily. If we don't get much more rain it should be fine shortly.
But above the 4 mile mark it doesn't get any better than this. The drake hatches have been excellent as well as the PMD's and the BWO's in the evenings and in the shade.
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 - 608cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The rains during the week ran up the Fork significantly but the last couple of days it has settled back to the levels it was a week ago. The Fork below the confluence with the Pan is a little colored and gets worse lower down as the Crystal has blown out during the week as well. The best fishing on the Fork is above Basalt although it is clearing quickly and provided we don't get much more rain it should be fine in a few days.
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.
Also try PMD nymphs, rusty spinner and yellow sallies.
During the day the drake nymphs wil be about so try them as well as caddis pupae.
The color from the Fork this week as a result of the rain has colored up the Colorado down from Glenwood. However given the predictions of clearer weather later in the week it should be clear again shortly. Ring the shop for the latest details or watch the weather forecast.
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.