The week started off quite hot but a predicted cold spell arrived and brought down the flows a little clearing the water. Cameron is on the Fork with the guide class at the moment and reports exceptional caddis hatches coming off. We had a little snow during the week, and the forecast is for more with quite cold weather from mid-week through the weekend. The top temperature will be in the mid 40's so it will be wise to dress well for winter conditions. One would expect the BWO hatches to be excellent in these conditions after the first cold snap.
The cold will also clear the water nicely so expect some great floating.
With the Pan now running at 153cfs the fish feel a little more protected. But the changeable weather put the fish down a little so it was necessary to fish deep. The coming week offers more cooler weather and clouds so expect good BWO hatches on the Pan. But dress well and be prepared to fish through rain as that is when the hatches will accelerate. Look forward to a great week on the Pan.
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).
The temperature spike at the beginning of the week pushed the Fork up to 600cfs. But the advent of the cold spell has brought the flows back down to 499cfs and the continuing cold should serve to bring the flows lower as the week progresses. The water condition will be excellent but make sure you dress for cold conditions. Cameron is reporting excellent caddis hatches at the moment but that may slow a little when the cold and snow hits. But the pupae and larva will still be in abundance so fish them down.
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 clearing nicely with the cold weather so the quality of the fishing will improve nicely as the week progresses. Try small flies, attractor patterns, streamers and caddis pupae and larvae.
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.