What a magnificent week we have just enjoyed. The weather was marvelous. And the fishing was just as we expected! Nick was up this week and took some exquisite views of the Colorado while floating with Cam and Mike. There is not much more to say about the beauty of the area at this time of year except to look at these photos.
The dry fishing on the Pan was typically exceptional! The great weather should hold for a few more days but by next weekend we might get some colder weather again. There will be opportunities to get out over the next few weeks in this great weather but not much after that so if you have a mind to enjoy what we enjoy each day, try and get up before the change really sets in.
With low but consistent water all week, the dry fly fishing in the pockets of deeper weater was excellent. It is a matter of finding where the fish have the benefit of deeper water in the bright light but can still access feeding lanes. The dry fly fishing will be excellent with PMD's and BWO's still coming off.
The next few days will be excellent but then there is a possibility of cold for a day or so which will slow things down a little. But as soon as the weather warms again the bugs will keep coming off the the fish will keep feeding.
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 - 201cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The water remained around 200cfs for the week. The dry fly fishing was strong in the warmer afternoons around Basalt with good fishing reported all the way to Glenwood. At these levels even a boat ride from Carbondale is getting a little skinny. But the weather is perfect and if you can get out it is worth it.
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. Have a look at these photos taken this week.
A dry week and the Colorado is in excellent condition producing great fish as some of the photos this week can attest. 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.