A gorgeous week in our valley. The colors are changing quite quickly now and the grass is hardly growing. Is it worth irrigating for much longer? Probably only for a week or so. The water is in excellent condition and at last the Colorado has cleared beautifully. Have a look at this fine specimen Sue took on the Colorado this week when she floated with her daughter guided by Cameron. One of the nicest fish we have seen this year.
The weather is predicted to remain clear for a few days and then the temperature might drop a little with the possibility of some rain. But by next weekend it should be clear and warm again. The browns are starting to chase streamers now and their color is changing a little. The condition of the fish has improved rapidly over the past month on the Colorado and the fishing conditions remain excellent.
On the Pan drakes are still coming off but very sparsely. The october caddis are beginning to put in an appearance. Greg reported good caddis fishing on the upper Fork and Mike and Kyle are seeing a lot of caddis on the Pan.
It is a beautiful time of year to be out on the river. The bald eagles are about now and the big horn sheep were feeding lower down this week which is early for them. Does this portend an early winter? Who knows?
It is certainly busy in town which is great for the local businesses. There is a lot of traffic on the streets in the evenings as visitors try out the new restaurant called the Red Brick Pony, where the Bistro used to be.
There was a report this week of a mountain lion attacking a dog near Glenwood. A wildlife officer indicated that they weren't fussed about it and were not going to hunt down the animal. The advice the office gave was a little quirky:
“If you do encounter a mountain lion, try to make yourself look as big as you can by putting your arms in the air,” he said. “If you are attacked, you want to fight back as vigorously as possible.”
Mmm. I suspect making oneself big wouldn't accord with the anti-obesity crowd. And as for fighting back "vigorously".... It never occurred to me.
And in another nod to wildlife aberrations, there was a report of a bass being caught in the Roaring Fork this week.
But never mind, strange things do happen which test the ingenuity of man. Like the pending failure of financial engineering in Europe. Or the possible discovery that the entire basis of physics for the last hundred years might not be accurate.
We try not to be too concerned about such things. The fish are biting, the weather is grand and it is within easy reach if you have a mind to come up over the next week or so. We would love to see you.
Current Flow: below the Dam 300cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The river continues to hold steady and the fishing remains excellent. There were reports of excellent dry fly fishing all week as well as great nymphing when the dries slowed. There are still a few drakes coming off higher up and the fish continue to take drake patterns even when there is nothing coming off. The fish will also take PMD, BWO and caddis dries. In the brighter light the fish required lighter tippet and in some cases BWO patterns down to smaller sizes such as Parachute Adams #26 and #28. At other times they took drake patterns when there was cloud cover.
Midriver the fish tended to stay lower when the hatches weren't coming off. It was a matter of finding fish feeding towards the edges or in the seams. At one point it was necessary to put on larger dry flies to get the fish to come up. A #14 crystal rubberlegged royal stimulator worked when the fish were fussy.
The coming week promises more excellent fishing, particularly if the anticipated showers come in and provide some cloud cover. Overall prospects are excellent.
Recommended Flies:There is good fishing now on PMD's, midges and BWO's. The drakes are slowing down now but the patterns still work.
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.
Even though the drakes have slowed down, using a drake as an indicator with a small BWO dry behind will work well and the fish will take the drake from time to time.
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 - 600cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The water is falling again and is pristine. Greg saw a lot of caddis coming off higher up. On the warmer mornings the midges are coming off well and the BWO as the day progresses. Ideal conditions now persist the full length of the Fork. Joe and Kyle reported good streamer fishing on float trips in the afternoons as the big browns begin to move into position and color up.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing using drake, stonefly and baetis nymphs. In the mornings rusty spinners, and in the afternoons progress to caddis and baetis nymphs. Try streamers as well.
The Colorado has cleared beautifully and the fishing has been excellent over the past week as some of the photos this week attest. If the weather remains clear the fishing will be excellent now all the way through fall.
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.