Location

CO
United States
39° 24' 20.556" N, 107° 10' 56.0316" W

Fishing Reports

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Average: 3 (1 vote)

Current Flow: near Emma - 2110cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

With the Fork having come down quickly it should offer good floating from Basalt this week. Already, the floating from Carbondale is getting good results at the moment.

There are reports of a few drakes coming off lower down as well as a lot of caddis. However higher up where the water is still fast, nyymphing is producing the best results.

Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing but with caddis in the evening and a few drakes showing up use dries later in the afternoon and evening. When nymphing, use either attractor patterns down deep, caddis larvae and emergers, or stoneflies with baetis.

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.

For the stone fly nymphs good patterns continue to include the BB FB Epoxy 20 Incher, the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher and the CTB RL Epoxy 20 Incher. Also try drake nymphs such as the FPA Nymph, or the poxyback. For variety try the muskrat as well.

The caddis are coming off as well as a few drakes lower down. Use caddis emergers and drake nymphs. Higher up on the Fork the water is still fast, so use attractors such as princes, large stonefly nymphs, and hare's ears in that area.

 

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Average: 3 (1 vote)

Current Flow: near Emma - 3690cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The flow appears to have peaked over 4000cfs and is now coming down very slowly. It is dangerous to float and certainly not reasonably fishable even as the water clears. But it should come down from here. However, with a prediction of hot temperatures over the next week, the melt will continue at a fast pace. So just head to Basalt and the Frying Pan. 

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Average: 3 (1 vote)

Current Flow: near Emma - 551cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The warm weather has increased the run-off quickly blowing out the Crystal so that the only good water conditions in the Fork are now up towards Basalt. The caddis fishing has been excellent with the fish keying in on them aggressively.

So just head to Basalt now. If the weather cools the flows may subside a little but expect the conditions to remain colored lower down now that the run-off is appearing to pick up with the warmer weather.

Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Mostly weighted attractor patterns now or small nymphs and grey emerger patterns.

You can try small flies such as, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.

They will also take small soft hackles such as the grey biot emerger.

Also try attractor patternssuch as hare's ears, worms and princes.

For the stone fly nymphs good patterns continue to include the BB FB Epoxy 20 Incher, the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher and the CTB RL Epoxy 20 Incher.

In the faster water it is also worth trying weighted nymphs such as the Frenchie and Vlad's nymph. They will get down quickly and stay close to the bottom in the faster water where the fish will locate on bright days. 

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