We continue to be blessed with great weather and pristine rivers. According to the forecast that is supposed to change for a day or so but then the weather should clear and be fine until next weekend. The conditions are superb at the moment with the Pan at 100cfs and the Fork and Colorado in perfect condition.
A couple of cloudy days last week brought big fish on to the streamers as the browns begin to move up to the redds for the spawn.
We are still enjoying great hatches on the Pan closer to the Dam with PMD's, caddis, BWO's and midges. There are very few drakes around now so consider them done. But if the weather stays fine, the hatches will continue.
So looking forward to another great week and clear weather, we are pushing out luck a little. It is just a matter of time before the weather turns. But if you have the time, make the trip up.
We would love to see you if you have the time.
With the lower flows, the fish are moving to the deeper sections or staying in the shade when it is bright out. When the clouds come over the fish are responding well to the hatches coming off. The conditions closer to town are ideal now with these flows and yet few fishermen seem interested in making the stops in the first few miles from Basalt. Though the fish stay deep on the bright days, they will take nymphs well presented. So now take the time to enjoy the full length of the lower Pan.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, PMD's, BWO's and small caddis 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 still coming off closer to the Dam 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.
Current Flow: near Emma - 416cfs (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 was pristine this week with clear skies. When it is slow clear the fishing is a little tougher so one must fish down in the deeper runs. But during the week when is was cloudy the fish ventured higher and took to streamers with some aggression.
The coming week promises similar conditions so take the time toe get out onto the water particularly if there is some cloud cover.
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 as they are now responding, particularly when it is cloudy.
The Colorado is in great condition and should remain that way for now. Nymphing produces the best results. The fish are now responding to streamers, particularly when it is cloudy. 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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