Tuesday 28th September. As anticipated the Bureau has dropped the flow again so that the Pan is now running at 153cfs. The dry fly fishing mid river and closer to town is excellent with the lower flow. Today, the fish mid-river took BWO's gray and olive aggressively. An excellent day. And now with the lower flow the wading is easier closer to town.
Another week and the releases from Ruedi were reduced by the Bureau by a little over 50cfs. Now with the flow at 216cfs the water is perfect for dry fly fishing closer to town. It is expected that the releases will fall by another 50cfs in the coming week, all things being equal.
As we move into the last week of September, the colors are continuing to change. More leaves are appearing on the water as they begin to fall. The weather has been warm to hot with temperatures in the mid to high 70's and clear blue skies. We did have one afternoon of light rain during the week but it passed quickly. The forecast is for continuing warm to clear weather over the next week with temperatures up in the high 70's and 80's.
We still have a few visitors in town enjoying the excellent fishing, but it is evident that the numbers are dropping. With the lower flows, the Fork and the Pan are now more accessible to waders enabling fishermen to get to those spots which were just out of reach a week or so ago. The Colorado is also in excellent condition with the fish taking small nymphs deep down. The cooler temperatures have reduced the propensity for fish to seek aeration and the coldest water resulting in them spreading out a little more.
Overall the fishing is excellent and will remain so now for the foreseeable future.
Current Flow: below the Dam 278cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The lower flow has allowed greater access to the river lower down mid-river and closer to town. It is expected that the releases will fall by another 50cfs this week making wading even more accessible closer to town. The fishing has been excellent again this week, with a few drakes continuing to come off near the dam. It has been a remarkable year by all accounts for dry fly activity. Jack and Sue were commenting on it this week. Like Gary, they have lived here for years and were remarking just how superior the quality of the hatches have been.Mid-river the slower water enabled access to spots where big fish have been enjoying a relatively uninterrupted season. But now it is possible to get a nice drift and unawares they were coaxed into taking parachute adams and bwo's. It is going to be excellent dry fly fishing through the fall.
Recommended Flies: There are now midges, PMD's Caddis and BWO hatches to choose from. The drakes are still coming off up closer to the dam but they are well passed their peak. There were smaller brown drakes this week.
There is still a morning and an evening PMD hatch. Currently the fish are taking emergers #16 and #18 fished down. Try Barrs emergers, the bubbleback, and the FPA PMD beadtail emergers. In addition try the comparadun pmd, the grizzly wulff and the fpa special pmd emerger.
There are still a few caddis about. Try the October caddis patterns.
For baetis, the fish will take tiny baetis nymphs like tiny pheasant tails. So try small black and olive patterns #18 - #22 as well as brassies to get them down. The fish are also taking BWO emergers, so use the FPA baetis emergers, the sparkle baetis, rs2's and other small emerger patterns. In addition for dry fly activity try adams, extended bodies, matthews and parachute adams. Lighter colored bodies such as the grizzly wulff will also serve as PMD patterns.
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.
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.
As the larger fly hatches abate the primary interest will be in BWO's and midges through to winter.
With the releases from Ruedi continuing to fall the flow below Basalt has fallen as well rendering the floating from higher up, just a memory. Lower down it is still possible to float provided the craft is able to take shallower water. The fish are not yet aggressively onto streamers, Mike and Ed having reported relatively poor results from such pursuits this week. Nymphing remains strong and effective. The wade fishing is excellent, particularly where this is a lot of structure and pocket water.
Recommended Flies: Try baetis, midges and PMD nymphs in the morning. In addition in quieter areas where there are a lot of midges coming off, try black and gray midge emergers. Try small baetis nymph patterns such as pheasant tails #18 - #24. Baetis emergers try RS2, the crystal hunchback, juju baetis, the mighty mite, icebreakers and the FPA sparkle baetis - #18 - #24.
As the day progresses in the faster water try caddis emergers and dries with baetis and PMD emergers. Try Barrs emergers, the bubbleback, and the FPA PMD beadtail emergers.
If you are floating try streamers, particularly heavier flies with enough weight to get down quickly.
The Colorado continued to fish particularly well this week. There has not been a great deal of traffic apart from the entrants in the cystic fibrosis competition over the weekend. The fishing has been excellent with Mike, Cameron, Ed, Jake and Harry all reporting good floats.