Well eventually we were bound to be correct. And we were. The Bureau dropped the Pan during the week so that it is now running at 194cfs. A perfect level.
We had some rain over the weekend after a pretty clear week. The bright skies made the fishing a bit tough but as soon as the clouds rolled in the fishing was excellent. These cloudy and possibly wet conditions will remain for a few days. But then it is expected that the weather will clear for another bright clear few days.
As we move into October, we will experience some of the best fishing on the Pan with lower flows and the fish enjoying the last of the big bugs until winter hits. The drakes are still coming off well from the 10 mile mark and the fish are taking dries nicely.
We have maybe three or four week before the weather becomes potentially colder so make your plans if you want to get in another trip up her. After Halloween, the weather becomes a lottery.
The Bureau finally came through dropping the Pan to 194cfs during the week. The conditions are now perfect with the hatches still prolific during the day. This weekend there were good drake hatches, PMD's and BWO's as well and the ubiquitious midges hatches as soon as the sun came out.
On Saturday afternoon, a change blew in with some heavy rain. In anticipation the fish moved lower, but in the lower water they still took well presented dries. The weather cleared by Sunday afternoon and mid-river the fish continued to feed well.
The key is to just dress well and stay out on the river through whatever nature offers short of an electrical storm. There is a prediction of some rain early in the week. But the rest of the week is expected to be warm and clear. In any case though, be mindful of the potential for rain and take along your wet weather gear as a precaution.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, PMD's, BWO's and drakes.
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 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 hairwing, the cripple, and the Comparadun.
Current Flow: near Emma - 464cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
With the drop in releases from Ruedi, the Fork from Basalt has dropped so now it is in the mid 400'scfs. It is still possible to float from Basalt in a raft but be prepared to do some work. Most of the floating will now be below Carbondale or on the Colorado.
The wade fishing is good on the Fork principally nymphing but when it clouds over there are hatches in the slower sections. The river works at Basalt have to stop by 1st October. They have put in some drop zones which will be interesting to fish when the habitat settles down. Next year, I suspect that dredging heavy deep water rigs will produce some massive fish. It will be fun to find out.
As the season winds down the bigs browns are starting to move. Harry had clients trying streamers and reported some big fish showing interest but not really aggressive yet. It is just a matter of time.
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 Colorado has cleared nicely and is in great condition. It is looking excellent at the moment and should remain that way for now.
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.