The only leaves left on the trees are the really tough ones that have a good grip. Thats right peak foliage is over and the temps have dropped into the 20’s at night here in the Mountains. I hate to say it but old man winter is knocking on the door. So what does this mean for our fishing tactics? I would be prepared for making several fly changes until you find the right one. Midges are now becoming a solid food source and the BWO’s are getting a little smaller. Keep your eyes to the water and see what is floating down the river. Best bet is midges in the morning then switch to BWO’s in the afternoon. The upper Colorado River is reporting a good BWO hatch mid day with fish hanging tight to the bank and looking up. The Roaring Fork is fishing well from top to bottom with fish eating large prospecting nymphs in faster water and small BWO’s/ PMD’s in slow deep runs. Both of these rivers are at excellent levels for both wade and float fishing. If you haven’t hopped in a boat yet this year now is a good time to do it. The Dream Stream is getting some lake run fish moving in as well as the crowds. I would anticipate a good number of anglers on the Dream Stream this weekend looking for Trophy Brown Trout. Mind the redds if you choose to fish this drainage and bring your beads. Nymphing with an egg midge combo is getting the bobber to shake.
The weather for this weekend looks warm all around the state, with temps in the 60-70’s in the high country and 80’s in the city. Be prepared to get cold if you come to the high country. Temps are not reaching their high until well after 12 noon and dropping as soon as the sun starts to dip behind the hills. Get out and enjoy our last stretch of fall.