The coming week promises a little warmer weather pushing up into the high 70's during the days. We may get a little rain early in the week but generally it will be warm and bright days later in the week. The flows remain high for this time of year as we approach autumn. At 516cfs in Basalt the Fork is well above its median for this time of year and continues to offer good floating from Basalt.
The Pan is still a little unreliable with the flows running at 270cfs and rendering the hatches intermittent. On particularly bright days the fish tend to stay low except closer to the Dam while there are good hatches when the clouds roll in.
It is beautiful now in the Valley with the colors beginning to blaze as the leaves begin to turn. Up high there is a mass of autumn colors while down lower the leaves are showing just a faint hint of the coming change. We had some wind during the week which put a lot of leaves into the river confusing the fish for a day or so causing them to stay lower.
The coming week will offer great conditions out on the river if you have the time.
Altough running consistently at 270cfs, the bright days have made the hatches a little unpredictible for dry fly fishing. But the nymphing was very good. The coming week offers the possiblity of more cloudy days so we expect some more good hatches on the Pan closer to the Dam.
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 come down slowly but is still at an excellent level for floating for this time of year in the upper sections with the current level well above its mean.
The water condition is 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 clear weather this 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.
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