As autumn progresses, the Bureau dropped the Pan again down to 50cfs. This is as low as the Pan has been at this time of year since 1978. The releases equate to the inflows so currently Ruedi is holding at around 64% full. So now it is a matter of looking for the fish concentrated in the deeper pools. But the dry fly fishing has been spectacular with the colder wet weather over the weekend bringing on some excellent hatches.
With the Fork below Basalt now around 200cfs there are good reports of dry fly fishing there as well and the low flows now have guaranteed no float traffic above Carbondale. The fishing in the Colorado remains excellent with great water conditions and the cooling temperatures.
The coming week promises clear weather in the mid 60's.
If you live on the front range, it might be worth taking a trip to the Dream Stream. There have been some nice browns taken there this past week. Give Mike or Rick a call at the South Platte Fly Shop for more details.
A further drop in the releases has brought the Pan down to 50cfs. But the fishing remains excellent as the fish are concentrated in the deeper pools taking dries off the surface. The lower flows allow good wading access to the lower Pan now just out of town and the water conditions are superb. As Autumn progresses, the PMD's are slowing but the BWO's remain strong.
We are now enjoying some of the best dry fly fishing of the year and with the low flows and most holiday visitors gone, there is plenty of river to access with not another soul to be seen. A great time to be out.
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 - 205cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
Despite the lower releases from the Pan a little rain over the past 3 days together with some snow deposited high up has pushed the flows up a little in the Fork below Basalt. The dry fly action on the Fork was quite strong again this week below Basalt with the consequence that 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 rain over the past few days has pushed the flows up a little but the conditions remain excellent. The 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.