Another magnificent week of fishing. The hatches are excellent and the weather has been perfect. The forecast for the coming week is that we will start to get some tropical weather with afternoon thunderstorms. This will be welcome as it has been hot and dry now for several weeks. The rivers how come down dramatically with the Fork at Basalt down alm ost 40% from last week at 660cfs.
This makes for great floating from Basalt down as well as great access for wading the full length of the Fork. The Colorado is also in great condition now.
So looking forward to another great week of fishing. But with the forecast for some wet weather carry rain gear and be prepared.
The Pan is running at 220cfs and the fishing is excellent with the extra water comforting the fish and getting the bug hatches more active. The inflow to Ruedi is now less that the outflow, so Ruedit will not fill this year.
At the current level around 220cfs, the water condition is perfect. The hatches are excellent as the additional water has created more natural conditions for the hatches. The fish are keying in on adults now so they are taking dries more deliberately. There were drakes coming off this evening mid river as well as a lot of midges, and PMD's.
The conditions are ideal.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, pmd's, nymphs and attractors. The fish are also taking small nymphs.
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 - 660cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork continues to fall rapidly and is now 660cfs at Basalt. There are great caddis hatches at the moment offering some excellent dry fly action above Basalt. The drakes are closer to Basalt now and no longer lower down towards Glenwood. There are also yellow sallies, stone flies, PMDs and BWO's. The midge hatches are prolific as well. The conditions are excellent on the Fork now.
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.
Also try yellow sallies as well as streamers.
The Colorado is in great condition and dropping rapidly, offering good fishing along the edges if one takes care. The water conditions are excellent. It is just big water fishing at the moment, so if that is daunting, concentrate on the Fork.
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.
Try streamers as well.