Another great week. The leaves have generally fallen. But the temperatures have been very comfortable in the mid 60's, blue skies and clear days. The forecast over the next week is for similar weather, blue clear skies, and temperatures in the mid 60's.
The town is very quiet now, as are the rivers. But the fishing, particularly on the Pan has been excellent with good hatches starting around midday and continuing well into the afternoon. Mike reported fish still taking drake patterns this week on the Pan! Not bad for November.
We have many friends affected by Sandy in the North East. We wish you all the best and trust that you are all safe.
The Pan continues to run consistently at 50c fs. The dry fly fishing in the pockets of deeper water remains 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 canyon on the Pan just out of Town was inviting this afternoon and just could not be refused. There were not many bugs coming off, but nevertheless, the only offering was a single dry fly. But the fish were waiting. They took Thorax, and standard BWO patterns in the feeding lanes. Generally in #18. The Pan is fishing like this all the way to the top. It is truly excellent and if you have a chance to get out over the next week, with the forecasts for similar weather the conditions should remain ideal.
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.
A few PMD's are still coming off and make an ideal variation during a hatch if the fish slow down on the BWO patterns. 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 - 231cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The flows in the Fork have picked up a little with the snow that fell a few weeks ago adding a little to the flows in the warm weather. The fishing in the Fork is better in the mornings with Nick and Mike choosing to fish there earlier and then going up the Pan as the day warms and the hatches pick up around midday.
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, beatis nymphs 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
With the staging underway the fishing are also taking egg patterns.
The Colorado remains in excellent condition with the continuing spate of dry weather. The best results are from nymphing and streamers. Eggs are also working.
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.