Well our prediction for more sensible flows in the Pan from the 1st October proved wrong. These idiotic flows will continue until the middle of the month. Upon investigation it was revealed that the Ute Indians have conspired with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to drive all wade fishermen out of the State. Apparently they gave their water entitlement from Ruedi to the US Fish and Wildlife service who are doing their level best to make wade fishing silly on the Pan at this time of year.
Everyone I spoke to blamed someone else and expressed heartfelt sympathy but finished with a comment to the effect that "there nothing we can do". There must be a school somewhere where they teach these deflective bromides.
So for the next 10 days expect these current flows to continue. Thereafter, maybe we will see the flows cut back to their legally mandated level.
There is a little rain predicted over the next few days and thereafter it should clear through to the end of the week.
The flows continue at 300cfs for the moment and now we believe they will be cut back by the middle of the month. The best fishing on the Pan now is confined to the upper section closer to the Dam as Autumn begins. But as soon as the flows cut back, it should be good fishing the full length. If you want to come up for the lower flows check the flows on our website around the middle of the month.
Recommended Flies:Use Drakes, PMD's, midges, bwo's, nymphs and attractors. The fish are also taking small nymphs and caddis patterns. Also use drake emergers before the fish key in on the naturals during the day.
For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BDV 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.
In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, black cdc midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.
The fish are taking generic nymphs such as pheasant tails and caddis larva patterns. The BWO's are coming off as well. Try emerger patterns such as rs2's and WD-50's.
For BWO naturals use standard BWO's, parachute BWO's, parachute Adams, and Thorax patterns.
For PMD's use emergers and dries. For emergers, use the RS2, the emerger, or the FPA shuck trailer PMD. For dries use the No-hackle, the Comparadun or the parachute.
For drake 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 - 516cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork continues to run at 500cfs from Basalt making floating possible from here for the next week or so until the Pan is cut back.
It is supposed to cloud over and rain a little into the middle of the week. This will help the fishing on the Fork as the bright days make it tough driving the fish lower and into the deeper runs during the middle of the day.
The water conditions are perfect.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either stoneflies or attractor patterns down deep, with small nymphs or emergers as the second fly. In the clear water and bright days the fish are near structure or down deep.
Try small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well. For emergers, the rs2 in black or gray. Also the sparkle wing rs2.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
The Colorado has cleared nicely and is offering good fishing again. With the forecast for relatively clear weather week the conditions should remain good.
Recommended Flies: Generally the way to go is nymphing with small baetis, the FPA sparkle baetis, sparkle rs2's and biot emergers.
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.