Finally some hot weather as we move into September! It was quite warm even though we did get some rain during the week. The Fork has started to come down a little but the rain is keeping it up in the top quartile for levels at this time of year. It won't come down much in the coming week with the forecast for more rain and cooler weather. However by midweek it should clear some more but the temperature is predicted to be cooler in the mid 60's to 70's.
This should be the last week that the Pan runs around these levels because the US Fish and Wildlife Service is almost out of its allocation and should finish by the end of the week. This should put the Pan back below 200cfs soon so keep an eye on the reports. We will post on facebook as soon as we know.
We had some great fishing out this week. In particular the floating on the Colorado was excellent. As the crowds leave and we move into Autumn and hunting season the colors are beginning to change already. It is cooler in the evenings. There are a lot of bears around. This year I have seen more turkeys than ever before. In addition there are a lot of cottontails and foxes. But for the moment there aren't any coyotes. No evidence of any beavers moving in yet so it is anyone guess whether we will enjoy an indian summer and hence all this excellent water well into October. It has certainly been excellent for the fish and the fishing.
Anyway as we move into the favorite time of year for locals make your plans to come up. It will be an excellent fall.
The Pan continues to run at 273cfs and will stay around these levels for the next week. It is expected that the flows will drop in about a week as the US Fish and Wildlife runs down its allocation of water for the releases to the endangered species.
But the fishing has been excellent. The water levels provide excellent cover for the fish and tend to protect them from the pressure. So it is a matter of finding where you are comfortable. But if you can get into the flows where the fish haven't been too pressured the dry fly fishing is excellent with the fish looking up for the drakes, PMD's BWO's and caddis.
In the deeper sections the fish will tend to stay lower.
There is a prediction of some rain over the next few days and then clearing as the week proceeds. So be mindful 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 - 564cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
Although the flows are a little lower than last week, they were augmented midweek by more rain. However the flows are dropping again so given a few more days of warmer clear weather and the Fork will be perfect again.
At these flows the floating from Basalt will be great and the wading generally excellent.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use small baetis and pmd nymphs after a large stonefly pattern. Alternatively sink caddis pupae patterns.
Also try PMD nymphs, rusty spinners and yellow sallies.
With a week of relatively clear weather the Colorado was excellent and very few boats were out enjoying the conditions. So make your plans, particularly if the clear weather holds.
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.