Another great week of warm bright weather which came to a halt at the end of the week and remained cold and wet through Sunday. The rivers responded with the Fork getting close to its highest readings for this time of year. The forecast is for another great week and a possible cold change next weekend. So maybe one should take the week off and only work on weekends!!
It was wet and cold enough for some snow to fall on higher elevations, however, provided one was prepared for the weather it was actually very good out on the river. Particularly as few other fishermen seemed interested in venturing out on Sunday.
The Pan is still fishing well with ideal flows for this time of year. The Fork is still clear and the Colorado has been in excellent condition as well. So with the forecast for clear weather and warm temperatures for the coming week, the outlook is excellent.
It is very quiet in town now. Hardly a car around over the weekend. As the season winds down, we now have the opportunity to get out onto the river and see fish which haven't been disturbed for a while now. There were plenty of opportunities to get out onto some of our favorite spots this weekend without another fishermen in sight.
So with the fading of the autumn light, the impending end to daylight saving, and the coming winds which will deprive the trees of the last of their leaves, try and get up here in the next few weeks to enjoy some of the best fishing of the year. The fish are big and strong. They feed to a rythmn now which rarely exists in summer when they are frequently interrupted by some interloping fisherman. They sense that winter is coming and will feed as the hatches of the larger bugs abate. Soon we will be left with midge hatches, the coming cold, early dark and the memories of another great season.
We would love to see you if you have the time.
Another week of good fishing and great weather. The warm blue skies were interrupted this weekend by some colder weather, rain and snow up higher. But on the river, the conditions were good. On Saturday, the fish stayed low, in expectation one suspects of the change which arrived later in the day.
Sunday was cold and wet with snow above 9,000ft. But the fishing was excellent. The BWO's came off and the fish fed well. The fish weren't particularly fussy taking larger BWO parachute patterns as well as Adams and smaller BWO's. One 20" rainbow missed a BWO and settled down for a time. An FPA special emerger PMD floated over him a few minutes later did the trick.
There were also a lot of small caddis coming off which elicited excited responses.
It was a great day to be out on the river. Great memories. Just the sort of day that many choose to stay indoors and miss out.
Closer to town, the hatches haven't been as strong and the fish are tending to keep low having been accustomed to unseasonally higher flows for the past few months. So far the fish haven't come to the surface to feed a great deal. It is reasonable to conclude at this point that they will stay low unless the Bureau drops the rivers further and it remains warm enough to keep the hatches active. There is a chance that the flows will drop very soon so keep any eye on the reports.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, PMD's, BWO's and drakes. Small caddis are also working closer to the dam.
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.
With the beatis nymphs and BWO's coming off in the shade try small nymphs such as pheasant tails, bubble backs, FPA sparkle baetis and rs2's. When the BWO's come off parachute adams and standard BWO patterns. Also try the parachute BWO and the thorax patterns.
The PMD's are now coming off so try the nymphs before the hatches start and then emergers and 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.
The drakes are still coming off but slowing down, so try the nymphs at the moment and get ready for the hatches around midday. For nymphs try the Flavilinea, the FPA Nymph and the Muskrat. As soon as the fish start taking dries start with the emerger and then try W's Drake, the Wulff, the hairwing, the cripple, and the Comparadun.
Current Flow: near Emma - 515cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
With rain and cold at the end of the week, the Fork has pushed up again to some of the highest levels at this time of year. It still affords the opoprtunity to float in a raft from Basalt which is quite a treat given that the weather has generally been very comfortable.
Most float traffic is now confined to the lower section below Carbondale. But the wade access is excellent with the lower flows and offering good fishing the full length of the Fork.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use small baetis and pmd nymphs after a large stonefly patterns. The browns are starting to think about the coming spawn so try streamers but it is early and so far most of the streamer fishing has just involved a lot of casting practice for little return.
The Colorado is in great condition and should remain that way for now. There are still good hatches coming off. Cameron reported some excellent days out this week with great BWO hatches and numbers of fish in the boat which defy logic. Nymphing produces the best results. But don't waste time with streamers yet. It is only good only for casting practice. Some of the best fishing of the year is happening now on the Colorado.
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, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.
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