Well here's hoping that the water will finally come down on the 15th October in the Pan. So keep you eye on the flows for the middle of the week so see if commonsense finally prevails.
The weather has been magnificent and will continue to be so according to the forecast. With temperatures in the mid to high 70's and no rain forecast for a week, it will be truly gorgeous autumn weather. The colors abound and with very little wind there are still a lot of leaves on the trees. It should remain that way for a little longer.
So if you want to get in one more fishing trip before the weather changes, make plans and keep your eye on the Ruedi releases. It is very quiet now out on the rivers so there are plenty of places to find a quiet section and enjoy the rivers to yourself.
Our adjusted prediction is that the flows will be cut back this week to the mid 100's. This is the usual flow for this time of year. The best fishing on the Pan now is confined to the upper section closer to the Dam. 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 around 500cfs from Basalt making floating possible from here for the next week or so until the Pan is cut back.
The fishing on the bright days is tough unless you fish deep or pick the well protected edges. But it is certainly a magnificent float all the way to Glenwood. So enjoy it while this great weather and higher flows last.
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 is clear and is offering good fishing. 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.