Another great week and another change in the releases from Ruedi again. This erratic behavior is getting out of hand. If it is for the benefit of the endangered fish, either the single fish the US Fish and Wildlife Service recorded in the last 12 months will note the fluctuations in the flows 1000 miles away and will be suffering mental aberrations from the stress of the ever changing flows, or it won't notice so that all that is being achieved is rendering the Pan a little more difficult to wade.
Next week the flows will come down again. From the 1st of October the releases are mandated to come down to the inflows. That will be in 3 days. So for 7 days the releases were pushed up by 30cfs and now they will come down dramatically. To what end may I ask?! It can't possibly be for the benefit of a single fish. I suspect that there is some government regulation which must be observed which benefits no-one and renders wading a little more difficult with the concomitant negative affect on the fishing public and the businesses which rely upon user friendly flows for their livelihood.
The coming week will provide a little relief from this hot weather with possible rain and some cloud cover. The weather has been excellent but we could do with a little cooler spell and some cloud cover to excite the hatches.
Davide has spent the last 2 weeks fishing here and as usual has left a treasure trove of photos. We have uploaded some this week and will upload some more next week. He is very generous with his time introducing some of the locals to his masterful italian dry fly fishing style.
As noted above the Bureau pushed up the flows again during the week but by 1st October the flows are mandated to cut back to the inflows so expect a dramatic drop in the releases over the next few days. This will be most welcome and when the drop settles in one would expect some excellent fishing along the Pan and in particular access to parts of the river that have not been accessible for the season because of the consistently higher flows we have had to cope with. So it will be ideal to plan on coming up as soon as you notice the flows have dropped.
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 - 499cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork continues to come down slowly. But by next week if the releases from Ruedi come down dramatically as predicted, the level should quite noticebly from Basalt down. This will make floating difficult from Basalt and will push all traffic down below Carbondale.
The weather is predicted to change a little this week with clouds and a little rain coming in. 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 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 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.
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