In just a couple of days, this passed week, most of the leaves fell. The sun continues to sink lower and on a bright clear day as soon as it settles behind one of the peaks it gets dark very quickly on the river. Today, daylight saving ends and so marks the impending arrival of winter.
The last few days have been very pleasant a warm, but today a cooler change blew in which left a little snow on the higher elevations. There is a forecast for some more rain/snow tomorrow but then the remainder of the week is predicted to be clear with temperatures in the 60's. So there should be some more nice days out over the next week.
There are still good hatches coming off on the Pan and there are few fishermen about to enjoy it. So if you see your way clear to make it up here we would love to see you.
There won't be a report next week as Cameron, Charlie and I are going looking for some steelhead in Michigan. I hope we get some photos worth posting when we return.
With the colder change and rain today, there were very few fishermen out. However it was ideal to bring off a nice BWO hatch and bring the fish to the surface. With the lower flows, the fish are in the deeper sections in the flows where the feed is. However when it is bright out, they move to the shade or stay deep.
The conditions closer to town are ideal now with these flows and still few fishermen seem interested in taking the time to try these sections. 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).
At 416cfs at Basalt, the Fork is near the highest levels for flows at this time of year. The top 25th percentile is at 353cfs indicating just how high the river is at the moment. This makes for great floating as well as good access the full length of the Fork.
The coming week promises similar conditions to this past week, so take the time to 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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