It has continued to warm up to the point where with a prediction in the mid 50's for most of next week, it will be unseasonally warm. We have had no snow now for a while and the snow cover on the mountain is terrible for skiing. If we are going to have decent snow for Christmas it had better start after next weeks projected warm weather.
The fishing has been excellent with the bugs hatching quite consistently for a few ours each day. Both BWO's and midges have been eliciting great dry fly action.
There are few fishermen in town so the coming week promises some excellent opportunities to get out onto the river with little company. Those is town for the skiing will be better off spending a few hours out on the river if the chance presents itself.
The Pan offered excellent fishing this week with temperatures in the 40's, clear skies and good hatches. It is very comfortable out on the river and with the forecast for temperatures in the mid 50's for the coming week, the conditions should persist.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, BWO's.
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.
Current Flow: near Emma - 350cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork continues to flow at near record levels for this time of year which enables good access for wading as well as a good flow for floating from Carbondale down. The relatively warm weather ensures that the fish haven't shut down yet so for the next week at least there will be good fishing.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use small baetis nymphs after a large stonefly patterns. The browns are getting onto the redds so try streamers as they are now responding.
The Colorado is in great condition and should remain that way for now particularly with the anticipated warm weather for the coming week. Nymphing produces the best results. The fish are now responding to streamers and the browns are on the redds.
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.
Also try Pat's Rubberlegs, Twenty Incher #8-#16, BTB Twenty Incher #8 - #16, BH Prince #12 - #18, Natural Hare's Ear #14 - #18, Hare's Ear Olive #14 - #18.
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