As we continue to move into Autumn, the leaves are changing a little. We had a little rain earlier in the week. It caused a little coloration in the Fork and the Colorado for a day by now it has recovered and the conditions are excellent. The Bureau increased the flow in the Pan by 45cfs during the week bringing the Pan to 265cfs at the moment. It also brought the Fork up a little augmenting the flows nicely.
The highlight of the fishing continues to be the Colorado with great photos this week from a number of trips. The condition of the fish is excellent and augers well for the remainder of the season. There are very few other craft out on the Colorado now offering a great opportunity to get into these fish over the next few months.
The weather over the next week promises to be clear with temperatures in the mid 70's so the condition of the rivers will only continue to improve. As the big browns start to stack up they are getting more aggressive on streamers, black, white and olive.
So if you have it in mind to come up to enjoy the fishing and the excellent water, there is no time like the present.
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The Bureau lifted the releases bringing the flows in the Pan up to 265cfs towards the end of last week. Ther continue to be excellent drake hatches in the few miles below the dam. Usually the hatches start early to mid afternoon and last for several hours. On top of the drakes there are still great PMD, BWO and midge hatches making for excellent dry fly fishing.
The Pan is in excellent condition at the moment an with the crowds having left, generally there are plenty of spots for access with no other cars. The marginally higher flow makes wading in the narrower sections a little tougher but it is just a matter of going to a wider section where the pressure dissipates a little.
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 - 325cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
Although there is still quite a deal of float traffic below Carbondale the quality of the fishing in the Fork is improving as the pressure comes off, the flows from the Pan and up and the cooler weather is keeping the temperature in the Fork at an ideal level. So great fishing from just above Basalt all the way to Glenwood at the moment. There was actually some nice hatches of BWO's this week at Basalt making for some nice dry fly action. But generally nymphing is the way to go.
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 very well with big strong fish being reported. We have some good examples in the photo section this week. The little rain early in the week, colored up the water for a day. But the ideal conditions returned and the excellent fishing continued. The water is in good condition 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.