The Fork is now lower than it has been for a while at Basalt as the colder temperatures up higher have cut back any run-off from the limited snow pack. The Pan continues to run at 89cfs, but with the warmer temperatures and lack of any snow or ice, it is not a problem for the fish.
So I suspect that this past week is probably the last full week of excellent weather before the change hits and we get some snow. It has to happen sometime and the probability of the weatherman ultimately making an accurate prediction is increasing.
So if you have a mind to come and catch a last days fishing, check the weather reports, and if it remains relatively warm early in the coming week, it will be worth getting out for a last trip before the weather arrives. Feel free to call us at the shop to check on the weather and fishing conditions.
With the slowing down of the season, we are now in the final stages of preparing next years fly orders and hope to add an extensive number of streamers in addition to our usual extension of other patterns. We anticipate by next spring we will have close to 2500 patterns and sizes of flies in the shop for you to consider. We adhere to the motto, “he who has the most flies wins”.
All the best for the up coming Thanksgiving season and if you are traveling, do so with care.
Current Flow: below the Dam - 89cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The predicted change did not arrive during the week so the weather generally remained bright with just a little more cloud cover and temperatures in the 50’s during the days. In the bright light the fish sought as much protection as they could in deeper parts of the river and in the shade. The warmth of the past few days has kept the midges coming off almost till dark affording some nice dry fly fishing later in the afternoons.
While the warmer weather persists the fish will continue to move about on the surface during the day. The prediction of change for the coming week coupled with cold will slow things down a good deal if it arrives. In the warm weather the midges have been prolific and have afforded some great fishing both with emergers and dries. The fish have been quite lively as well. However as soon as it turns cold everything will slow down including the fish as the get into their pre-winter mode.
As we head into the final stretch before the cold and snow of winter descends, the principal hatches will be midges and a few BWO’s as the last of the warm weather persists.
Prior to the BWO’s coming off, t ry a small FPA sparkle baetis, a thorax sparkle baetis, the icebreaker or a pheasant tail before they start to rise. Also try the mighty mite, the juju baetis and the mighty may sloans. Try sizes #20 - #22. In addition, when the BWO's start coming off try RS2's and other emerger patterns behind a dry. It doesn't hurt to try the emergers behind the nymphs if the fish are staying down in the water. For dries, use parachute Adams, Matthews sparkle baetis, biot BWO, the extended body BWO and the grizzly Adams. Try sizes from #18 - #24.
Midges come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny and in the evenings so try WD-40's #20 , red and black chironocones #20, brassie's #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, black polywings #18 - #22 and garcia's rojo midges # 18 - #22. Try the gray loopwing emergers #20 - #22, the FPA special emergers, biot emergers both with and without the trailing shuck and gray RS2's #18 - #22. Also carry dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, suspended midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.As the fish start spawning, try egg patterns down stream but keep off the redds, as that is next years sport.
The principal hatch at the moment is midges which are coming off in the mornings as the day warms up. In addition they come off into the evenings. In the hour before sundown there is nice fishing with midges along the edges in the clear slower water.
The fish will take small nymphs and midge emergers when nymphing during the day. With the browns staging for the spawning season, they are responding aggressively to streamers, both white and black thrown against the edges.
With the prediction colder weather in the coming week together with some snow things will really start to slow down. The big fish won’t take after streamers so readily as it gets colder and they will move to the deeper slower parts of the river. When that happens, it will be a matter of nymphs such as princes and copper johns, midge emergers and egg patterns.
During the day use midge emergers and BWO nymphs and emergers. See some of the patterns we have mentioned for the Pan. If you are nymphing deep down, use plenty of weight and pick where the fish are protected behind structure or deeper down in the slower water.
If floating try streamers while the weather remains warmer. The browns are aggressive and will chase and sometimes take any well presented streamer. Try autumn splendors, zuddlers and wooly buggers all in large sizes. Once the cold hits, they won’t take to the streamers with the same vigor so try princes, brassies, copper johns and eggs deep down.
In the afternoons and evenings the hatches are predominantly midges. The fish are still keeping low most of the time.
The water in the Colorado has cleared quite nicely. There are still a few BWO’s coming off as well as midges but generally try streamers if floating.
Recommended Flies: BWO both nymphs emergers and dries; midges, eggs and princes, 20 inchers size #10 - #14; streamers #2 - #8.