The fishing remains excellent, particularly on the Colorado. Have a look at this beauty Cameron's client caught. Look at some of the other fish this week taken on the Colorado with Mike as well. The fishing is as good as it has been all year and the condition of those fish is exceptional.
The forecast for the coming week is that we may have a little rain with the temperature in the mid to high 60's. We are well into the Autumn colors now. The Bureau dropped the Pan again this week back to 245cfs. They are moving the flows around a little but not enough at the moment to make any difference. The hatches remain excellent with drakes, PMD's, BWOs and midges.
There is not much else to say this week except look at the photos. They speak for themselves. And the best news is that there are very few fishermen about now. So it is a perfect time to get into some excellent fishing with little other traffic around.
With the releases having dropped a little to 245cfs the Pan remains in excellent condition for this time of year. As it cools the hatches are not starting till later in the morning, so there is no point racing out before mid morning. Take your time, and dress for possible rain and be prepared to enjoy great hatches into the later afternoon. The fishing is excellent with drakes, PMD's and BWO's in abundance.
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 - 301cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The modest drop in the releases from Ruedi has the Fork running around 300cfs from Basalt. All float traffic is now from Carbondale down. But the wade fishing from Basalt down is still excellent with the browns responding to streamers now as well as the usual nymphing rigs. There is also some dry fly activity on cloudy days as the BWO's come off, but it is not predictible.
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 water cleared further this week although is still has a touch of color from the early July flashfloods higher up the Colorado which actually helps to hide the leader and tippet.
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.