Another great week. A little rain and cloud cover over the weekend and we have had excellent BWO hatches as well as consistent PMD and Drake hatches close to the Dam.
Thankfully and unusually it seems that someone acted sensibly and cut the releases from Ruedi back to 275cfs. I am sure that the endangered fish won't notice, but we do. Not an ideal 250cfs but we will take it with thanks and trust that from here on to the end of the season the flows will drop. The inflow is currently at 91cfs, so absent any other calls for water, that is the baseline flow.
The mid-week rain pushed up the flows in the Fork a little and now they are settling back. We have not had too many sudden storms this year but we did have a small one midweek which blew out Seven Castles Creek for a few hours.
As we move past Labor Day weekend, the forecast for next week is generally sunny with temperatures in the high 70's to 80's. In other words, perfect weather to be out on the river and begin to notice the slight color change as one senses the onset of Autumn. Although it is several weeks away, the evenings are already a little cold bringing the mixed blessings of eliminating the last of the mosquitoes while necessitating having to dress warmly if one wants to sit outside into late evening.
The passing of this holiday weekend generally marks the end of the pressing traffic and crowds, although it has been a little quiet comparativley speaking on the rivers now for a couple of weeks.
The conditions remain ideal for this time of year as we approach the favorite time of the year for locals to be out on the rivers.
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Someone had a change of heart this week and now the flows are back to 275cfs. So the conditions enable easier wading than a week ago. The hatches lower down are sparse now but closer to the Dam they are strong with good BWO hatches being reported in these past few cloudy days. The dry fly activity has been more limited than usual but nymphing is very successful with a lot of good fishing being reported.
Recommended Flies:Use Drakes, PMD's, midges, bwo's, nymphs and attractors. The fish are also taking small nymphs and caddis patterns.Also use drake emergers before the fish key in on the naturals during the day.
For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BDV 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.
In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, black cdc midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.
The fish are taking generic nymphs such as pheasant tails and caddis larva patterns. The BWO's are coming off as well. Try emerger patterns such as rs2's and WD-50's.
For BWO naturals use standard BWO's, parachute BWO's, parachute Adams, and Thorax patterns.
For PMD's use emergers and dries. For emergers, use the RS2, the emerger, or the FPA shuck trailer PMD. For dries use the No-hackle, the Comparadun or the parachute.
For drake 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 - 560cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork spiked again during the week when we had some more rain and so it is marginally higher than a week ago. But it is coming down and is very clear. It is currently flowing around 100cfs higher than the median which means that the floating from higher up is still good and will give us a little longer to enjoy this than usual.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either stoneflies or attractor patterns down deep, with small nymphs or emergers as the second fly. In the clear water and bright days the fish are near structure or down deep.
Try small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well. For emergers, the rs2 in black or gray. Also the sparkle wing rs2.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
The conditions on the Colorado stayed colored during the week and with the ongoing rain it is still unreliable. But with the forecast for clear weather it should be good very soon. So if you are coming up check with the shop as to the conditions on the Colorado in advance.
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.
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