A week of low water in the Pan and the fishing has been excellent. The weatherman was accurate with his forecast of rain during last week and this served to bring on some excellent hatches which were enjoyed by those who ventured out dressing well for the inclement weather.
The weather is beginning to turn colder. The coming week offers a couple of days of possible rain and then it should be clear for the rest of the week. But generally the temperatures will be in the mid 50's. The fishing will be excellent again but be sure to dress well for the cold.
As we moving into Autumn the fish are sensing the change and chasing streamers aggressively. So there is great fishing on all waters at the moment.
We concluded another great guide school/fishing camp over the last week. Here are some photos.
Thank you to those who responded to our request last week for notes in support of lower water during the season. If you did not see the report last week, we are requesting communications in support of lower water, particularly from mid to late summer, so if you have an opinion on the high water this year, send an email to the shop (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will include it in a submission which we will put early next season when they consider their water flows. This is the first step in a number of things we will be doing to have the voice of the fishing public heard.
With the lower flows, the fishing has been spectacular and acces has been excellent - finally. The coming week promises more good fishing with some cloudy days and possible rain which will bring on the hatches. The fish are not used to looking up having been driven to the bottom by the fast water, but they are beginning to look in the lower water, so we will definitely have some great days left before winter to get into some of those areas which have been left untouched for the whole season.
The forecast is for some rain over the next week so expect some more great hatches. The temperature is expected to remain in the mid 50's so it won't be too cold, but make sure you are well dressed out on the river as the hatches will tend to come on in earnest as the rain starts. The last thing one needs is to have to leave the river during a great hatch! So be prepared.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwo's, nymphs and attractors. The fish are also taking small nymphs and caddis patterns.
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.
Current Flow: near Emma - 384cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The rain over the past week has pushed up the Fork a little. It was colored up on Friday a little as the rain came down but it is clear now and perfect. The browns are chasing streamers aggressively offering some excellent days out. The crowds have gone so the river is seeing very little traffic now except on a nice day on the weekend. So there is a good opportunity to get out onto the river now for that last float of the season before the weather finally changes.
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.
Now the big browns are chasing streamers as well so take along your streamer gear for a change.
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.
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.
Try streamers as well.