The week started out cold with some snow for a couple of days. It brought the rivers down so that the Fork was fishing very will higher up and the little bit of color in the Pan dissipated quickly as the flow dropped to 123cfs. By weeks end the Fork had dropped from a high flow in the 1700's early in the week to currently 865cfs. It has warmed a little over the last 2 days so the flow will pick up again but at these relatively lower levels the water is in good condition higher up.
This Memorial Weekend, there has been a lot of traffic heading up to Ruedi with boats and trailers in tow at the start of the driving season. We have also had a lot of visitors along the Pan. The weather has been threatening a thunderstorm or two but nothing has eventuated as yet.
After the weekend it will be quiet for a little longer before the summer holidays start in earnest. So if you have a mind to come up call us at the shop and get an update on the rivers. We would love to see you.
Current Flow: below the Dam - 123cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
With the colder weather earlier in the week, most of the tributaries slowed down and were very clean. Consequently the Pan was its usual pristine self. There was some good fishing both dry and nymphing but it took a little work in the bright light. Barry and Harry both went out this week and reported good dry fly fishing on BWO's towards the Dam. Lower down, the dry fly activity was less prolific so the best results were in spotting the fish on the edges in the shade and fishing to them with #18 and #20 gray RS2's behind a #20 thorax bead sparkle baetis. In addition towards evening when the midges started coming off they took black polywings #20 and #22.
Recommended Flies: The fish can be spotted in the deeper slower water or on the edges in the shade. They are also in the slower pools taking adult midges off the surface. Fish midges deep and then if they start coming off fish closer to the surface with emergers when the fish start rising in the water column. Watch until they are poking their heads out of the water to take the midges off the surface before switching to dry patterns. Try WD-40's #20 , red and black chironocones #20, brassie's #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, black polywings #18 - #22 and garcia's rojo midges # 18 - #22. When the fish are taking midges off the surface, try and identify the size of the midges floating by and match the size. Carry a range of emergers both black and gray, some with a trailing shuck. Try the gray loopwing emergers #20 - #22, the special emerger and gray RS2's #18 - #22. Also carry dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, suspended midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.
The baetis are now coming off well particularly in the wet cloudy weather. Try a small FPA sparkle baetis, a thorax sparkle baetis, the icebreaker or a pheasant tail before they start to rise. Try sizes #18 - #22. In addition, when the BWO's start coming off try RS2's and other emerger patterns behind a dry. So take along a few dry patterns such as a parachute Adams , Matthews sparkle baetis, biot BWO, the extended body BWO and the grizzly Adams. Take sizes from #18 - #24.Closer to town the fish are taking stones flies.
The Flow has halved since the height of the flow 5 days ago. So long as it remains cold in the evenings to keep the flow down, there will be good fishing up high on the Fork. There will be fish right along the edges behind cover as they have to feed. So you might try spotting them on the edges in the shade at the widest parts of the river higher up. However if it warms up quickly again, the flow will rise. So give us a call at the shop to get the latest report.
Recommended Flies: Use the same flies as the Pan. (See our report for the Frying Pan). In addition use bwo's, streamers, stone flies such as the 20 incher and golden stones, san juan worms and egg patterns. Use caddis in the shade in the afternoons when the caddis start flying around. Try dries as well as emergers. Generally try midges. Try larva and pupa patterns until the fish are moving under the surface then try emergers.
The Colorado is now dirty and in Flood. Good for whitewater rafting. Come up to the Pan if you are in the area and want to wet a line.
Recommended Flies: caddis dries and emergers, midges, larva, pupae, dries and emergers; bwo's - nymphs emergers and dries; 20 inchers size #10 - #14; streamers #6 and #8 and smaller and try egg patterns.