Another delightful week with more reports of great drake hatches coming off on a Pan. Late but still great to see. The Bureau dropped the Pan back to 225cfs during the week making the Pan just a little easier wading. The level is ideal.
The fishing in the lower Fork is also great now as well as the Colorado. So overall we have great conditions prevailing as the crowds continue to dissipate.
Over the coming week the weather may bring a little rain in the form of thunderstorms in the afternoons. The temperatures remain in the 80's on some days with it possibly cooler as the week progresses.
So as we move into Autumn with a hint of change in the colors, the fishing in the cooler weather will be excellent.
The Bureau dropped the flows a little this week so now the Pan is running at 219cfs. It is a perfect level making the wading a little easier. There were reports of great drake hatches this week. So with the BWO's and PMD's as well there is ample opportunity to enjoy the fishing.
The fish are getting a little selective some days so match the hatches with care. It is a matter of alternating size and color. But if the fish continue refusals drift in the rougher water and drop to lighter tippet. Presentation is key now that the fish have felt such pressure over the season and can take their time to inspect the fly. On bright days, try where there is a little shade and that may disguise the line as well.
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.
For caddis, wait for the day to develop and let the fish move towards the surface. In the mornings they are still tending to stay low and generally only coming to the surface if there is a decent hatch or some caddis floating through. Try small olive elk hair caddis and king's river caddis.
Current Flow: near Emma - 286cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
With a week of essentially dry weather and the drop in the flows from the Pan, the Fork below Basalt is now running at 286cfs. With the flow near Aspen around 35cfs it is too low for much good fishing. So come lower towards Basalt.
The Fork is fishing well below Carbondale now. The pressure is off and the fish are responding better with Ed reporting some good trips out. However the choice of the float guides at the moment is the Colorado.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing but with PMD's and bwo's and caddis coming off in the evenings, there are a range of options.
In the morning rusty spinners, midges, PMDs and Caddis.
For nymphing using attractors, drake nymphs, 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 continues to fish well with big strong fish being reported. The water is in good condtions and fishing well for 44 miles from Grizzly down to Rifle. Currently the ideal rigs are large stone flies or girdle bugs with small baetis behind them. Alternatively, streamers have been working well.
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.