As we move into Autumn the leaves are beginning to fall. A little wind and the rivers are littered with leaves. The mornings are colder so there is no need to jump up and go out at the break of dawn. Take a little time and let the days warm a little, particularly if we have had clear skies overnight. The fishing has been excellent on all rivers with good reports of nice hatches and brown increasing their aggression after streamers.
The Pan is still running high for this time of year, but one would expect it to drop quickly very shortly as the US Fish and Wildlife finishes its release for the endangered fish. Apart from the possibility of rain tomorrow the weather forecast looks to be relatively clear with temperatures in the mid to high 60's.
We are in the locals favorite time of year now with the fish sensing the closing of the warmers weather and the prolific hatches. The browns are aggressive and are taking streamers dramatically.
The outlook is excellent so if you have a way of getting one more trip in before the end of the year, now is the time. We look forward to seeing you.
Expect the Pan to drop further this week as the endangered fish releases complete. It will provide excellent access. There has been little chance to get onto the Pan closer to Town because of the higher flows, so it will be good if the flows are cut back to marginally above the inflow which is currently at 81cfs. A flow in the low 100's would be ideal to enable one to access this water which has been left untouched for most of the season.
As the level falls the fish will increasingly feed on the surface and will offer better access for the fisherman. With the crowds having largely gone, there is excellent access and the lower flows will open up more of the river. The next few weeks promises great fishing.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, pmd's and drakes, both nymphs and dries.
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.
There will also be caddis and crane flies in the evening.
Current Flow: near Emma - 490cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
A little rain and snow at higher elevations last Thursday pushed the flows up a little in the Fork, and as the snow melts with the warmer days, the flows remain marginally higher than last week..
On the warmer days, there are a few PMD's and midges coming off and BWO's still come off when it is cloudy. The fish are still looking up and will take dries closer to Glenwood. But the best results are from nymphing and the best nymph patterns are getting smaller.
In the bright light the fish tended to hug the bottom so it is a matter of getting down to them. The water conditions are perfect and the browns are aggressively chasing streamers.
Concentrate on smaller flies.
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 generally in good condition and affords some great floating. The effective flies are getting smaller, but streamers are still yielding good results.
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.