The rain abated a little this week but still we had some pleasant showers which brought some welcome relief and kept the temperatures down in the afternoons. In addition the cloud cover served to bring on some nice hatches.
During the week the US Fish and Wildlife Service decided to make an early call for releases pushing the Pan up to 250cfs. The flow is fine and still offering great fishing. The fish are not coming up as consistently lower down in the deeper water as there is no need so the better dry fly fishing is towards the dam. The hatches have been excellent there with drakes and PMD's as well as BWOs in the shade or when the clouds arrive.
The weather over the coming week promises to be more of the same with the afternoon thunderstorms and temperatures in the 80's. So make sure you have your wet weather gear with you and be mindful of the possibility of an electrical storm.
Great News from Frying Pan Anglers as well. Some of you are familiar with the motel we have been rebuilding opposite our new shop. It will be known as the Frying Pan River Lodge. We have had it on the web for some time but have not publicized it. From this week however we will be taking bookings as we open the 4 motels units. We are offering a fishermen only special deal which might be of interest. We are still working on the house and grounds so with that in mind at this time we only want fishermen who want to fish all day and sleep at night so they won't be disturbed by ongoing work.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service called for their releases earlier than expected this year. Consequently the flows in the Pan jumped by 50cfs midweek and have held there. The earlier releases mean that the US Fish and Wildlife Service will be using their quota earlier, particularly as they only have half the allocation they used to enjoy. This means that the releases will stay around this level into September before they are exhausted and then the Pan will drop back.
But these levels offer perfect conditions for both the fish and the fishermen. The water will be a little deeper in the narrower sections so the fish will be able to seek more protection. The higher flows will mean that there will be less need for the fish to come to the surface lower down towards town, so the better dry fly activity will be in the half closer to the Dam.
With the prediction of more rain and cloudy days, expect more great fishing with PMD's, drakes and BWO's coming off through the day and midges in the mornings and evenings. Be mindful of the weather and take along your wet weather gear as a precaution.
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 - 589cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
After spiking higher early in the week on some more rain, the Fork has come down again and is just below the level it was a week ago. The water conditions are great but just a little higher than normal for this time of year, so there is still ample opportunity to float from high up the Fork.
The fishing reports have been excellent and provided the rains hold off and the Crystal doesn't blow again, there should be good floating all the way to Glenwood. But there is a forecast for more rain and thunderstorms next week so keep an eye on the weather and check the forecasts.
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 condition of the Colorado has been excellent this week as the heavier rain has abated and the fishing good.
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.