With peak run-off having passed with the Fork at 1000cfs at Basalt , and the Pan still at 142cfs the fishing is excellent both on the Fork and the Pan. The flows are dropping quickly in the Fork and drakes are coming off in the evenings as high as Basalt. The yellow sallies are prolific as well. The Colorado is also beginning to fish well with Ed having floated it on Saturday.
Conditions are perfect.
With the Pan still at 142cfs, the wading is easy so the fish will be pushed back into the more protected areas. The PMD's are coming off sporadically as well as caddis. The fish are looking up now in the lower flows and the conditions are excellent. The drakes should start coming off sporadically this week.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, and egg patterns.
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.
Current Flow: near Emma - 1000cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
As the Fork continues to drop the conditions are excellent with drakes now in the evening as high up as Basalt. The fishing conditions are great now, particularly for floating.
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.
As the Colorado comes down it is starting to fish well. But unless you understand big water, wait a little.
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.