Wow, what a streak of amazing weather we are having, sunny and warm is in the forecast with just a few hints of change happening maybe by this time next week. The mornings have been cool but when that sun comes up over the mountains it feels more like Summer than Fall.
The flow out of Palisades remains at 4,500 CFS, perfect for many wading opportunities up and down the South Fork Corridor. With the reservoir now down to 8% capacity, we are seeing the water on the upper section turn just a bit off-color and just in the last few days, our guides have migrated downriver for clearer water and better fishing. Most fish are being caught on small nymphs that represent midge and BWO patterns. Size 18 green or brown Tungsten Thread Midges have been productive and just about any small BWO emerger or nymph pattern is a good choice. You can float one of these nymphs with a hopper but the eats are few and far between and a double nymph setup will probably be more productive. On the lower river we’ve had good success with Rubber Legs and San Juan Worms. Don’t rule out streamer fishing as the dedicated angler here will likely move some nice fish.
Keep your eyes on the forecast, the next bout of cloudy days will be sure to impress. In the meantime enjoy this Fall weather and don’t forget our Fall Sale at the fly shop continues. Details below.