We had some wind for a few days this week which reminded us of the coming cold season! It was definitely chilly in the shade and required the wearing of a jacket or an extra layer. But the fishing was surperb. It was truly exceptional Autumn dry fly fishing as the Pan was dropped to 78cfs pushing the fish just below the surface and having them feeding on the passing parade of midges, BWO's, PMD's and a few drakes higher up near the dam. There are a number of October caddis about now as well.
Truly great fishing after about midday after the sun had a chance to warm the water a little and excite the hatches. And with very few other fishermen about those that did go out essentially had their section of river to themselves.
The Fork also fished well with the lower releases from the Pan bringing the fish to the surface on BWO's in the lower water in the Fork. The Colorado continued to provide excellent fishing as well as the dry weather kept the condition of the water in the Colorado ideal.
There were a few boats on the Colorado this afternoon as the message is getting out how exceptional the fishing has been there of late. But still. The traffic is sparse and while this excellent weather continues, if one has a mind to venture out, now is the time. Don't delay.
With the forecast for the weather to be in the mid to high 60's and clear for most of the coming week, there should be ample opportunity to get out onto the water.
Current Flow: below the Dam 78cfs.(if you want more
uptodate figures check out current
With the releases having been dropped to 78cfs the dry fly fishing was absolutely red hot this week. It was amazing. We had Doug Pike from Houston (The Doug Pike Show) up this week to do his show from Carbondale and he had a spectacular afternoon out on the Pan on Saturday. He couldn't believe the numbers of fish continually rising all afternoon to take PMD's and BWO off the surface. It was excellent and just the conditions that the locals who love this time of year with the lower water are used to fishing.
So if you have a chance to come up and enjoy some spectacular dry fly action the coming week will be ideal. The weather is not indicating any change so as we move into the colder months the fish will feed with abandon upon the last hatches of the season of the larger flies before they are restricted to midges in winter.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, caddis, PMD's and BWO's.
For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BUV mysis.
The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try Wilson's Reverse Candy Cane #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.
The PMD's are now in evidence and working well. For nymphs use the micro mayfly, pheasant tails, and emergers such as the FPA beadtail emerger. For dries, use the CDC comparadun, larger Adams, and parachutes.
Current Flow: near Emma - 197cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The dry fly action on the Fork was quite strong this week below Basalt with the lower flows resulting from the diminished releases from Ruedi. As a consequence the fishing was excellent on top as well as nymphing.
The float traffic is now well confined to below Carbondale. So wading into some of the spots on the Fork higher up will afford some excellent fishing with no risk of any passing float traffic. With the weather promising to hold up for the coming week, the fishing will be excellent on the Fork.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing but with PMD's and bwo's coming off in the afternoons, there are a range of options.
In the morning midges, PMDs and BWO emergers.
For nymphing using attractors, midge larvae and emergers, stonefly, pmd, baetis nymphs and emergers. As the day progresses small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well.
For the stone fly nymphs good patterns continue to include the BB FB Epoxy 20 Incher, the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher and the CTB RL Epoxy 20 Incher
The Colorado remains the destination of choice of the guides if clients want to float and get into some of those strong healthy fishing on the Colorado. The warm dry weather is helping the Colorado continue to clear with the slight tinge in color serving well to mask the leader and tippet allowing heavier rigs which gives the advantage to the angler rather than the fish. Best results are from nymphing and streamers.
Recommended Flies: Generally the way to go is nymphing with small baetis, the FPA sparkle baetis, sparkle rs2's and biot emergers. For stonefly nymphs use the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher, rubberleg patterns such as Mike's BTB Coffee/Black and the Halloween Speckled Girdle Bug, with midges, eggs, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.