Another week where the weatherman accurately predicted some colder breaks with some more rain. It has been quite wet of late with seven castles creek putting some color in the Pan from 4 mile mark several times this year. There was enough rain to push the Fork up by 100cfs at Basalt on Saturday. It rained most of the day and had Seven Castles Creek running higher again. At 62degrees it was also unseasonally cooler.
But by Sunday everything cleared nicely with a warmer day. The forecast for the coming week is for more possible thunderstorms and temperatures in the mid 70's. So expect more similar weather with the chance of rain over the coming week.
As the schools go back, the crowds continue to dissipate with fewer fishermen out on the river. There are a few trees showing color change which is early for this time of year. The rivers continue to run high providing plenty of water in the Fork for floating from Basalt down.
Davide spent the last 3 weeks here again enjoying our rivers. As usual he has given us a trove of photos. This time he took some great panorama's of the river which he has shared with us.
The Pan continues to run at 273cfs and will stay around these levels for the next few weeks. It makes it tough to wade in the narrower sections so take care. But the fishing has been excellent. The water levels provide excellent cover for the fish and tend to protect them from the pressure. So it is a matter of finding where you are comfortable. But if you can get into the flows where the fish haven't been too pressured the dry fly fishing is excellent with the fish looking up for the drakess, PMD's BWO's and caddis.
In the deeper sections the fish will tend to stay lower.
With the prediction of possibly more rain and cloudy days, expect more great fishing with PMD's, drakes and BWO's coming off through the day and midges in the mornings and evenings. Be mindful of the weather and take along your wet weather gear as a precaution.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, PMD's and BWO's. Use drake nymphs because they are about and ready to come off.
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 due to start coming off 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 cripple, and the Comparadun.
Current Flow: near Emma - 613cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The overnight rain on Friday and Saturday morning pushed the Fork up by over 100cfs at Basalt. It put the fish down deep and when the Pan colored up from Seven Castles in the afternoon the Fork suffered the consequences. But it settled down nicely again by Sunday evening so with a few dry days the Fork should settle lower again.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use small baetis and pmd nymphs after a large stonefly pattern. Alternatively sink caddis pupae patterns.
Also try PMD nymphs, rusty spinners and yellow sallies.
The condition of the Colorado has been compromised a couple of times when the Lower Pan and the Crystal blew out. However when it clears the fishing will be excellent with great water conditions for this time of year below Glenwood.
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.