8th October 2009 - Another beautiful day out on the river. The anticipated change did not arrive even though some cloud did blow in during the afternoon. That brought on a nice BWO hatch and the fish fed well in the faster flows ensuring that they were able to pick up the passing insects. They took BWO dries and today actually took some larger patterns such as #18 adams and bwo parachutes rather than concentrating on the smaller sizes of the past few days.
The weatherman is calling for some showers tomorrow but the probability is 50% so who knows. By the weekend the weather is predicted to be clear and in the 50's so it is looking excellent at the moment.
A week of changeable weather and falling temperatures. The next few days is also expected to be cold and a little rain with wind predicted for Tuesday. Then midweek the weather is expected to warm a little and remain bright and sunny.
The past week witnessed some excellent fishing on all local waters. The dry fly fishing was excellent on the Pan with the fish concentrating more on smaller flies. A few larger browns are starting to expend energy in anticipation of the coming spawn but generally there is no evidence of any fish moving onto redds yet. The streamer fishing is strong now, particularly on the Colorado. Ed had a particularly good float with his client Mark on the Colorado and has the photos to prove it.
Many of the trees have changed color and the wind during the week dislodged a lot of leaves. In the last few days, the leaves have started to appear in number in the river. The aspens have changed but many of the cottonwoods remain green due to the extended warmer period we experienced this year. The cooler weather should precipitate a quick color change now.
The rain and the snow on the higher elevations over the past week has pushed up the flow a little in the Fork so that it is now running at 330cfs at Basalt. The marginally higher flows are also evident in the tributaries. Taylor creek is running just a little higher. But the water is crystal clear.
So if you are considering coming up during the next week, there should be some great weather and some more excellent fishing. We still have a few fishermen coming to town over the weekend, but during the weeks it is very quiet and leaving plenty of room for locals to go out during the day and find plenty of empty places along the river.
We had a moose wandering around the area this week. Eric Dykann took a great photo which appeared in the Aspen Times on 3rd October. There is a copy in our photos.
In other good news this week, Cameron and Kelly have welcomed a new addition to their family. A little daughter – Addison Montana Cipponeri. Everyone is well. Actually Cam was out on a guide trip and when the news came that Kelly had gone to hospital, Dan dutifully stepped in and finished the trip while Cam headed for the hospital. I do believe that he took off his waders before he got there.
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Current Flow: below the Dam 113cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The excellent dry fly fishing continued through the week. The colder weather and cloud didn’t slow anything down at all. The fish took a range of BWO and PMD patterns when they were feeding. However they are tending to key in on smaller flies now and so it is a matter of continuing to change flies and go to lighter tippet if the fish are refusing your offering. Take a range of smaller patterns with both gray and olive bodies. With the Olive take both lighter and darker olive bodies. The gulper special is a little lighter while the parachute blue dun or the cdc comparadun is darker. Carry sizes down to #26 and be prepared to go to lighter tippet if the fish keep refusing your presentation. If it is hard to see the smaller fly, tie on a larger visible fly like a parachute adams #18 first and then float the smaller fly 2 – 3 feet away from it.
The next few days should see some wet and cloudy weather which should keep the temperatures up a little overnight and encourage more good dry fly action. With the lower river the fish are moving to the deeper sections. It seems that the better fishing occurs where the river narrows a little to concentrate the water more and increase its depth.
Recommended Flies: The drakes are close to finished but the fish will remember them for a little longer. For the last of the drakes try dries with emergers as droppers. The fish have been getting a lot of pressure but they are nearing their end and only a few smaller flavs are coming off now. Try the CDC Flavilinea Dun, the Gunnison Green Drake #12, Biot hairwing #12 - #14, gray wulff #12 - #14, the Adams and Adams Female #12 - #14. At night use the H&L Variant #12 - #16. As it gets darker the fish will take the bigger fly.
In addition talk to the guides in the shop. We are trying to have at least one guide on hand in the shop each day during the season.
The PMD's are slowing down as well although there are still a number coming off intermittently. For the PMD's try Lawson's no-hackles #14 - #16 gray/yellow and also the pink no-hackles #14 - 16. Try comparadun patterns #16 and #18 as well as Barr's emergers and the FPA special PMD emerger.
The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try WD-40's #20, red and black chironocones #20, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, black polywings #18 - #22 and garcia's rojo midges # 18 - #22. Mike reported great success this week on smaller black midges such as the miracle midge.
As they come off 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. In addition try 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, loopwing emergers #20 - #22 and FPA special emergers #20 - #26.
The fish are keying in on the smaller flies and are taking time to inspect the presentation. So don't be surprised as the fish become more particular on presentation and anything else which might alert them to any risk. At this time of year, particularly in the slower water 7x is the minimum and 8 - 9x should be considered if the fish are particularly wary.
The rain and snow which fell over the past week has pushed up the flow a little in the Fork so that it is now 30cfs higher at Basalt compared to last week. The midges and BWO’s predominate now so try smaller patterns and attractors like the prince. There are a larger number of whitefish about now. They will take small patterns when nymphed. Very soon it will be time to dust off those egg patterns as the brown move onto the redds.
The big browns are now starting to respond to streamers so try patterns like the autumn splendor, the yellow Madonna, woolly buggers. If the fish are short striking, use patterns with stinger hooks.
Recommended Flies: Try BWO's if the cool cloudy weather returns. Also try baetis and pmd nymphs, emergers and dries, midges and stone fly nymphs such as Mckee's and Pat's rubblerlegs and yellow sally patterns.
For PMD nymphs and emergers try Barr's emergers #16-#20, the FPA biot PMD shuck trailer emerger #16 - #18, the Bubbleback and dries such as the comparadun, Lawson's no-hackle gray/yellow and pink as well as sulphurs in the evening.
The bwos also come off, particularly when it is cloudy so try baetis nymphs and emergers such as rs2's , FPA sparkle baetis #20 - #22 and the FPA emerging baetis #22 - #24. In addition try the matthews, adams and parachute adams.
The midge hatches remain strong in the mornings and the evenings so look at our Pan recommendations for some midges to try.
For streamers try the Autumn Splendor, the Yellow Madonna's and the olive woolly buggers. Try streamers with stinger hooks. This will help solve the short striking problem of big browns.
The Colorado proved excellent again this week with streamers working as well as smaller patterns nymphed down deep. Try BWO emergers and nymphs such as pheasant tails and attractors like the prince. As the browns move onto the redds, eggs will be in order.
Recommended Flies: At the moment the best results are from nymphing deep down with stonefly, baetis and PMD nymph patterns. Streamers are also working well right against the banks. With the cooler weather the fish will start to come to the surface taking dries into the evenings. Use streamers such as the autumn splendor, the yellow madonna and woolly buggers.