The weatherman can claim success for his prediction this past week. The weather did turn a little colder and we did get a little rain and cloud cover. Not as much as predicted, but reasonably close. The cloudy weather brought on some excellent dry fly fishing over the weekend. The BWOs came off followed a little later by some PMDs. The fish fed aggressively on the drifting duns and took presented dries without too much discernment.
The forecast for the coming week is generally warmer sunny weather with temperatures moving a little higher into the 60's. As we move through October the trees have accelerated the rate of shedding of leaves as evidenced by the build up of material in channels and floating down the river. Browns are beginning to stack up below redds in some places and a beaver knocked down a small tree along the river.
Mid week the Bureau dropped the release in the Pan to 106cfs. That is close to winter flows and makes for skittish fish on bright clear days. The Fork is now 295cfs having lifted a little due to the rain. If it remains clear during the coming week, it should settle back a little to the mid 200's near Basalt.
Overall the coming week promises to offer more good fishing and certainly great weather.
Current Flow: below the Dam 106cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
Towards the end of last week a change blew through bringing some rain and wind as well as some colder weather. On Friday as the change arrived, the fish lay on the bottom, hardly budging and made for tough fishing for the afternoon. But by the weekend, with the weather colder, cloudy and a little rain, the dry fly fishing on the Pan was spectacular on BWO's.
The Bureau dropped a flow a little more during the week so that we now are just above winter flows. As a consequence on the bright clear days the fish are skittish and are taking a close look at presented flies. There were a number of reports that it was necessary to drop to 8x when the fish were refusing 7x. In addition the better reports were on smaller flies closer to the dam with fishing taking #26 gray biot emergers when the midges were coming off. Mid river the fish took dries well, particularly when they were presented in the faster water. The fish had less time to inspect the flies drifting down. They took a range of patterns from parachute Adams, female adams, olive comparaduns, parachute BWO's, adams families and gulper specials all #18 - #22.The coming week is predicted to be a little clearer, brighter and warmer, consequently the fishing will be a little tougher than on the cloudy days over this past weekend. So concentrate on presentation, smaller flies, and smaller leaders and tippet. Presentation will be the key, particularly where the fish are laying close in to structure for protection and are taking flies as they drift by.
Recommended Flies: There are now midges and BWO hatches with a few PMD's and some caddis to choose from. The drakes are almost done although there have been reports of a few still coming off. The fish will remember them for a while, but they will be wary as well.
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.
The Roaring Fork remains excellent, particularly around Basalt where there were reports of great fishing from nymphing deep down. The browns are beginning to stack up in some places and are getting aggressive. They began responding more to streamers during the week.
Recommended Flies: Try baetis and midges 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 baetis emergers. They will take dries in the pocket water provided they are presented well. Try larger BWO patterns.
If you are floating try streamers, particularly heavier flies with enough weight to get down quickly.
The Colorado fished well again with big browns beginning to chase streamers. Generally the best results were from fishing small nymphs and emergers deep down, but with the weather having cooled the fish are move out more from the deepest runs.