The Pan has been consistent for the week, while the Fork has continued to settle. With no rain and clear skies conditions were great.
The weather for the coming week is mostly clear with temperatures in the mid to high 80's. So expect much of the same as last week.
The Colorado has continued to clear as well. The boat traffic is pressing in the lower Fork and the closure of the main bridge in Glenwood is causing issues. Call the shop if you are coming up for suggestions as to the best time or else come over Independence Pass.
It remains an ideal time to be here. The crowds have dissipated as the young ones go back to school so now we are settling into the ideal time for fishing for locals as the rivers are clearer, the crowds have left and there is just a tinge of color on the leaves up high.
The change of color signals mixed feelings as one realizes the days have been getting shorter for several months but now the absence of mosquitos, the cooler evenings closing in more quickly and the change in tempo is marked by the beginning of archery season. We start thinking about the coming change in the seasons. The email offering early discounts on ski passes is the exclamation mark at the end of the sentence.
There is little time left to plan for this year. Seize the opportunity. Don't dally. Time passes more quickly than we like to admit.
With the Pan at 267cfs, the wading is still easy but the fish have a little more protection. The PMD's and BWO's are coming off as as the drakes. The fish are looking up now taking dries and the conditions are excellent. Probably the best results at the moment are on PMD patterns but the fish will take drakes as well as BWO's as the day progresses.
The conditions don't get any better than this.
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 - 602cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
At 512cfs at Basalt, the Fork has dropped from last week and is starting to get tough for rafts from much above Carbondale.
The fishing conditions are great now. The best results are from nymphing although the fish are taking dries as well. The best floating is from above Carbondale because from the Carbondale put-in down, it is a veritable armarda with the Colorado colored up and limiting fishing opportunities. But as the levels drop the options are getting limited.
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.
Also try yellow sallies as well as streamers.
The Colorado has cleared and the conditions are good.
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.