After the cold snap a week ago, everything warmed up and dried out nicely with today being a beautiful Autumn day in the 70's. The forecast for the coming with will be similar as the week progresses with the possibility of some precipitation tomorrow but back to warm and clear by mid-week and into the weekend.
The colors are magnificent with the leaves just starting to fall. A few windy days and it will all be gone. So enjoy the conditions while you can. It will end sooner than we think with colder weather and shorter days just around the corner.
The Bureau has begun dropping the Pan for winter flows so now it is down to 218cfs. It will approximate the inflow to Ruedi before long. The inflow is currently 112cfs.
The hatches of pmd's, and BWO's remain strong with drakes very sporadic. The are october caddis about as well. The fishing is excellent. The snow slowed things down for a day or so but now the warmer weather still has good hatches coming off 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 - 512cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The flows are settling back to 513cfs, but they remain high for this time of year making for great fishing and still the ability to float in a raft higher up than Carbondale. The fishing conditions remain excellent and the weather looks ideal for the next week or so.
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.
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.