Another hot week with temperatures in the high 80's. It was 89degrees today. The fishing has been excellent on all rivers and the flows are perfect. Davide is back. He reports excellent results on both the Fork and the Pan. The drake hatch has been very good on the Pan over the past several days according to Harry providing some of the best dry fly fishing of the year.
The Fork is also fishing particularly well. The conditions will be excellent in the coming week with a forecast for cloudy days but temperatures in the 80's. It will be very pleasant. We are at the best time of the year now, with prolific hatches, the crowds dissipating after this weekend, big strong fish and perfect weather. We would love to see you if you can make it here.
With the Pan at 267cfs, the wading is still easy but the fish have a little more protection. The PMD's and BWO's are coming off as as the drakes. The fish are taking drakes as well as PMD's and BWO's. So take your pick. The conditions are flows are perfect.
The conditions don't get any better than this.
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 - 602cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
At 503cfs at Basalt, the Fork is flat from last week and is starting to get tough for rafts from much above Carbondale.
The fishing conditions are great now. The best results are from nymphing in the bright hot conditions. The best floating is from above Carbondale because from the Carbondale put-in down, it remains a veritable armarda.
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 has cleared and the conditions are good.
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.