Finally the cold weather has arrived! We were supposed to get some snow as well, but not so much. Barely and inch and it was gone by midday. However the forecast is for a little more snow over the next few days. We shall see. The slopes are essentially not open except for a couple of bunny runs. So we need a decent drop of snow to get some cover.
In the meantime there has still been some good fishing. We have not had that cold snap which shuts downs the last of the BWO hatches. So if you are coming up there is still good fishing with the rivers in good condition with perfect access.
The fish have relocated with the lower water and are enjoying hatches in the afternoon down to mid river. We are enjoying the absolute last of the late autumn hatches before the colder weather kicks in and the autumn activity goes dormant. It won't be long until we are limited to fishing closer to the damn with midges and eggs. So enjoy the last few days while the opportunity persists.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, and egg 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 - 278cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
With the lower flows in the Fork the floating is now confined to below Carbondale. The lower flows also make access to most of the Fork easier.
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 and egg patterns.
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 and eggs as well.