Its been a cold and miserable week. The DOW dropped the Pan as predicted to 50cfs for a fish count for 3 days. Meanwhile a cold change blew in leaving quite a lot of snow. The bugs turned off as soon as the cold arrived and left things very slow until the weekend. A little warm change on Saturday and a little more warmth on Sunday morning gave way to winds and cold ahead of another change which promises more snow and cold over the next few days.
There were a few fishermen about enjoying the warmer change over the weekend, but it took a little patience in the blustery conditions.
The Colorado and lower Fork have been tough with the colder water. The best fishing has been from mid way to the Dam on the Pan.
With more cold weather predicted for the coming week, it will be tough again until the weather pattern settles down.
The Pan dropped for three days and then came back towards the end of the week. It is now running at 91cfs, a good winter level. With the temperature picking up the low 50's on the weekend there were some nice hatches and the fish took dries nicely off the surface. However the windy conditions made it tough for dry flies. But it was worth the wait.
The coming week will be tough again with cold weather promised early in the week. Wait until the sun gets a chance to warm things up and follow the sun on the water during the day. It is not cold enough to put the hatches down completely so there will be some good fishing over the next few weeks when more consistent warmer days return.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, PMD's and BWO's. Also try October caddis and drake dries.
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.
The PMD's are still coming off from mid-river up, so use PMD nymphs and emergers and when they come off the fish will take dries. Try Pink Cahill's, Sulphur Dun's and the Comparadun for dries. For emergers try the FPA beadtail emerger, the FPA special emerger, and the killer mayfly pmd.
With the last of the drakes still coming off close to the dam, you can still use drake nymphs and drake dries and emergers when the fish show interest. Use the comparadun or the H & L Variant or for nymphs the FPA Nymph or the Muskrat.
Current Flow: near Emma - 420cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The cold snap really slowed things down on the Fork during the week and the snow and rain has put the flows back up a little. Wait for warmer days in the more open sections later in the week. It will be tough for the beginning of the week with the prediction of more cold weather. These are typical blustery autumn conditions which will settle shortly.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either attractor patterns down deep. Alternatively stoneflies with baetis or caddis larva or emergers.
Try small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well. For emergers, the rs2 in black or gray. Also the sparkle wing rs2.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
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 cold really made the Colorado tough this week. Wait until later in the coming week when some warmer weather should return with the sun on the water in the wider sections. There are still plenty of hatches to come. It is just a question of patience.
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.