After the burst of cold weather last weekend, we had a very pleasant week with temperatures in the mid 40's. Last night we got a little more snow but the relatively mild conditions made for excellent fishing and good conditions.
There were good BWO hatches on the Pan midday through early afternoon with midges coming off in the sun. The dry fly fishing was excellent but it was a matter of using light tippet as the fish are very vary in the low water. The fishing reports were good from the Fork as well as the Colorado.
The temperatures over the coming week will be mid to high 40's with the possibility of a little snow. Generally though the conditions will be great provided you dress for winter conditions. If you are coming up for Thanksgiving the conditions will suit. And to all of you travelling over the holidays take care and arrive safely wherever you go.
The warmer weather over the past few days brought out a few fishermen on the Pan who enjoyed some excellent fishing. There were great BWO hatches during the week for about 3 hours during the middle of the day. When the clouds cleared there were nice midge hatches as well. Ruedi is turning over so the water coming into the top of the lower Pan is a little cloudy. However that didn't stop the fish from being extremely wary while taking dry flies. On the weekend the fish were refusing well presented dries on 7x. It was a matter of going to 8x and it made all the difference. Gary was fishing with 10x at one stage as the fish would come up and obviously shy away from the leader.
The fish took small parachute BWO's and parachute Adams so they weren't particularly fussed whether the body was grey or olive. The presentation was key as well as the tippet.
There were also a few October caddis on the water but it is late for them. The ideal now is very light tackle if fishing dries and be careful in the very low water. The fish are wary.
Recommended Flies:Use midges 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, nick's larva in miracle pink, olive, and purple back, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, rainbow warriors, black polywings #18 - #22 and bling midges # 18 - #22.
In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, black cdc midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.
Current Flow: near Emma - 231cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
With the mild consistent weather the flows in the Fork have remained clear and level. The fishing has been strong both nymphing and on streamers.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing but with bwo's still coming off in the afternoons, there are a range of options.
In the morning midges, baetis 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. The mild weather created great opportunities to get out and enjoy the conditions. 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.