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The Bureau has dropped the flows back in the Pan to around 87cfs below the inflows of about 110cfs so finally the level of Ruedi has stabilized and will start creeping up. At 60% full it will take a lot of water and with the snow pack where it is one is guessing wildly about how much they will be able to fill it before releases start. Still conditions are excellent and the weather is ideal so it is a perfect time to come up and fish the area before the summer crowds start to arrive. There is still a lot of wildlife around. I saw a big herd of elk yesterday moving through. Plenty of turkeys, deer and sheep wander about while no-one is around.
With the flows below the inflow, the protection for fish in the river is limited so they are tending to keep low in the bright light. It is just a matter of finding them in the deeper sections. Ruedi is less that 60% full so it is going to need a good period of low releases to get it to fill. With the current snowpack around 75% of average, we are going to need more precipitation over the next month to get close.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, caddis and PMD's.
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.
Current Flow: near Emma - 210cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The flows at 210cfs has made for good wading and access the full length of the river. A few warm days and the flows will pick up.
Try attractors. 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.
Try egg patterns and of course streamers now with the fish coming on the spawn.
There are a few fishermen getting out now and enjoying some fishing from the edges with the BWO hatches as well as midges.
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