As the Bureau adjusts to its winter flows, it dropped the Pan releases to 90cfs this week. The fishing remains excellent with the fish being pushed to the deeper pools as the level falls. On all indications the flows will remains around this level now well into winter with the hope that when the coldest period arrives, the Bureau will be in a position to increase releases to minimize anchor ice and provide the fish with better protection.
The weather this week was beautiful with the temperatures generally reaching the mid 60's with bright clear days. Monday started out with some grey skies and the threat of a little rain. It made for some excellent dry fly fishing on the Pan as the cloud cover brought off some marvelous hatches. The coming week the weather is predicted to be similar with a day or so of cloud and maybe a shower or two with the remainder of the week promised to be clear, sunny and warm. Maybe it won't be as warm as the past week, but it will still be very pleasant with the temperatures in the mid 50's.
Town is very quiet now with few visitors but there are still a few fishermen coming up on the weekend enjoying some excellent conditions and with little traffic. These are some of the prettiest days of the year. We haven't had much wind so the trees still have a lot of colored foliage. The beavers are starting to make their presence felt. Hunters are in town for the second season.
The browns are stacking up now and are on a few redds now getting ready for the spawn. As we approach the end of October, the cooler weather is not far away. Therefore if you have a mind to enjoy a day or two on the river before the colder weather arrives, don't leave it too long.
Current Flow: below the Dam 90cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The past week witnessed some of the prettiest days and best dry fly fishing of the season. With the drop in the flows, the fish are now taking adults off the surface where they find them. And the lower flows have opened up the river to great access all the way into Basalt. The hatches have been excellent, particularly on the cloudy days earlier in the week. There have been midges, bwo's and a few PMD's coming off as well as a few october caddis still in evidence.
With the water at winter flows, it is a great time now to be able to fish the full length of the Pan and find you are the only one on the river at many of the access points. This is the favorite time for locals with the big browns getting ready for the spawn and competing for the food as they intuitively become aware that cold weather is not far away.
Recommended Flies:There is good fishing now on PMD's, midges and BWO's.
For PMD dries use the Sparkle Comparadun #16-#18, Thorax PMD #16 - #18, AK's Melon Quill, AK's Parachute Red Quill, Rusty Spinner's, Pink Cahill, Lawson's No Hackles. In addition use emergers and nymphs when there is not much surface activity.
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.
Current Flow: near Emma - 317cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
With the flows in the Pan having been cut significantly, the Fork has dropped down near 300cfs at Basalt. It makes for great wading but difficult floating. The fishing has been good in the pristine Autumn conditions and with the outlook generally clear for the next week, there should be ample opportunity to get out onto the river. The floating from Carbondale is still good with the colors along the river bank, the great water and the brown stacking up aggressively chasing streamers.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing using stonefly and baetis nymphs. Try streamers as well.
Recommended Flies: Big stonefly nymphs, rubberleg patterns, with small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.
The best rig is a big rubberleg first followed by a smaller emerger baetis or maybe nymph around #18 fished deep down.