What a wonderful weekend! With relatively warm weather, blue skies, magnificent colors and hungry fish, one's wishes were all granted at once. This is the autumn that the locals love to enjoy out on the river. The Bureau obliged further by dropping the Pan to 100cfs for winter flows. It has created some magnificent access now close to town where the higher water flows had kept the fish down and made wading difficult. But now with the lower flows we will get some great dry fly action as well and far easier access to some of the narrower sections of the Pan.
So now it is just a matter of enjoying these conditions until the cold weather arrives. The forecast over the next couple of days is for some afternoon rain with temperatures remaining in the 60's but later in the week it is predicted to be clear again with temperatures in the 70's. So later in the week will be another great time to come up and enjoy our valley. In the interim a couple of days of overcast weather will bring off some great hatches and it will be good to see some at the current flows closer to town.
With the magnificent colors we posted a couple of photos from this past week merely to exhibit the ambience. It is cold in the mornings after a clear night, so there is no rush to get out on to the river. Let things warm a little so that the bugs can start coming off. But midday to later in the afternoon the hatches will be in earnest with midges, caddis, PMD's, BWO's and a few straggling drakes.
So make your plans for the coming weekend. Unless there is some wind the colors will still be about and the conditions should be ideal.
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With the Bureau dropping the flows down to winter levels at 100cfs, the access to the Pan for wading is now ideal. It is a great time to get out into some of those spots which were tricky or nigh impossible at 300cfs. I wanted to see how the fish would react to dries close to town so I fished behind our new lodgings on Sunday morning. There were midges coming off but no fish rising. However in the shallower sections they had no hestitation taking a BWO parachute floating overhead. So the good news is that the fish are feeding off the surface where they have been treated to unseasonally high flows all season and have tended to stay down.
Mid river the fish fed well on midges and a few BWO's while higher up there were a myriad of hatches to enjoy from small caddis to PMD's, BWO's, midges and a few drakes.
The forecast over the next 2 days is for clouds and maybe some rain so it will be great to get out and see what hatches come off after a week of bright clear weather. Next weekend the weather is forecast to be much the same as this weekend so it will certainly be pretty and warm. So make your plans. These conditions won't last much longer. Remember in life one tends to regret the things that one doesn't do rather than the things that one does.
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 baetis 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 - 427cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
A magnificent week's weather and the float conditions were ideal. The river continues to fall and was pristine this week after clear skies. The coming week promises similar conditions so the floating in the warmth of a fading autumn with the colors and big strong fish making the last dash for the larger bugs before the cold of winter arrives makes for the best fishing on offer.
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. 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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