We experienced a serious spate of cold weather earlier in the week. Several days of snow and below freezing temperatures overnight have laid a coat of snow which remains in the higher shaded areas. By the end of the week the weather had returned to a more seasonal temperature in the mid 50's with the skies clear and the autumn pleasant. The burst of cold weather was a timely reminder that shortly another period of cold weather, some snow and the shorter days with a lower sun will result in the snow remaining and we will be set for the winter.
Town is very quiet now. We have had a few visitors who came for the fall fishing and really enjoyed themselves. There were very few other fishermen out on the river so there are plenty of places now to access whatever part of the river one desires. The prospect of warmer weather in the coming week will make for some more excellent fishing, particularly dry fly fishing on the Pan.So if you are considering coming up it should be an excellent opportunity for some great fishing in beautiful autumn weather.
Current Flow: below the Dam 79cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The cold earlier in the week slowed up things for a while with snow, cold and wind for a day or so. The wind removed most of the leaves from the trees so the water has cleared of much of the autumnal debris. With the weather warming towards the weeked, the hatches gathered pace and the fishing was excellent as the fish took BWO's and midges on the surface. It was some of the prettiest dry fly fishing of the year, and that is a hard standard to reach given the fantastic year we have had so far.
The coming week promises relatively clear weather with temperatures in the mid 50's which will make for great midge hatches and BWO's in the shade. There are few fishermen about at the moment and as the time passes the fish are feeding in a more rhythmic and uninterrupted fashion. It is an excellent time to break out the small flies, very light tippet and the soft tipped rod.
The lower water has caused the fish to concentrate in the deeper sections near the faster flows. The BWO's and midges will keep coming off now until the really cold weather hits. That will put an end to the BWO's and then it will be midges until next year. So while there is a prospect of relatively warm weather, the fishing will be excellent and not to uncomfortable if one dresses for the occasion.
Recommended Flies: There are now midges and BWO hatches with the last of the PMD's and some caddis.
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 flow in the Fork has picked up a little following the snow and rain earlier in the week. The preponderance of snow and colder weather, meant that the snow contributed to the snow pack and now as the weather warms it is melting a little. The water remains in excellent condition with the warm days ahead promising some more great fishing and floating closer to Glenwood.
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 big browns are chasing streamers. But generally the best results were from fishing small nymphs and emergers deep down. With the weather having cooled the fish are moving out more from the deepest runs.