Location

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

Fishing Reports

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Despite a little bump in the flows mid-river with some rain and the increased releases from Ruedi, the Fork is now below 1000cfs at Basalt making for ideal floating conditions now the full length from Aspen.

Drakes are coming off a little higher up the Fork above Basalt as the water comes down. Ed and Cameron reported great floating conditions now from rafts throwing double dries and switching to dry droppers when the fish stop taking the dries. A lot of caddis as well as drakes, so use stimulators and drake patterns.

The conditions are ideal now and the fish are feeding well having seen few fisherman as the only way to get to them is by floating. So if you have a mind to do but don't have a craft, give us a call in the shop and we can arrange for one of our great guides to take you to these ideal areas.

Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing but with caddis and drakes in the evening 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.

Also try yellow sallies. 

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

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)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

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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