Another fine week on the Pan. The weather has been beautiful and that has been bad news for the ski slopes. They are beginning to hurt as the dry period stretches out. Of course we have been taking every opportunity to get out on to the river and enjoy this spate of relatively warm weather. The weatherman has predicted that a change will blow in today sometime and we should get some snow over the next week.
This afternoon it felt as if a change was blowing in for a while until it cleared and the sun came out. However that could change at any moment. So the prediction is for wet weather until next weekend which will be great news for the fishing and even better for the ski slopes. Traditionally January has always seen relatively low snow with the greater falls coming in February and March, so it is a usual weather pattern.
The warm weather brought out a few extra fishermen over the weekend. I took a photo on Saturday afternoon of the flats near the dam which you can see in our photos section. It was very busy for a few hours.
So if you are in the area drop by the shop and consider a few hours out on the river.
Current Flow: below the Dam 70cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The warm clear weather continues to melt off a little snow near the edges. The ice build-up and ice dams along the Pan are most evident lower down where the dams have given way and it is possible to see how much the ice built up the flow over the coldest period of the year.
With the warmer weather over the past week a lot of midges were coming off making for some nice dry fly fishing. Gary reported good days out with a #28 gray biot midge behind a parachute Adams. The fishing was similar on Sunday with the fish taking midges coming off so it was a matter of very fine tippet and tiny gray midge patterns. Fishing deeper down they took midge pupa and larva patterns as well as eggs.
The warm weather brought out a lot of fishermen close to the dam so that on Saturday the parking lot was quite full. But as some weather blew in after midday and it got colder most left so that the area was quite deserted by mid afternoon. That is the current pattern over the weekend.
The prediction is for some snow and cloudy weather over the next week. If so it will keep the numbers of fishermen down and make for some more good dry fly activity.
So if you are considering getting out, the access to the river is very easy with this warm spate of weather and there is no problem parking along the side of the road all the way up to the dam.
Recommended Flies: The shortest day has passed. If the sun is out try and stay in the light. But if it is heavy and overcast it makes little difference.
We are now down to midge hatches. However the fish will take tiny baetis nymphs like tiny pheasant tails if they see them enough. So try small black and olive patterns #24 and #26 as well as brassies to get them down.
The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try WD-40's #20, red and black chironocones #20, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, black polywings #18 - #22 and garcia's rojo midges # 18 - #22. Mike reported great success this week on smaller black midges such as the miracle midge.
As they come off try the gray loopwing emergers #20 - #22, the FPA special emergers, biot emergers both with and without the trailing shuck and gray RS2's #18 - #22. In addition try 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, loopwing emergers #20 - #22 and FPA special emergers #20 - #26.
Current Flow: near Emma - iced up (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The warmer days and colder nights resulting in a lot of ice forming overnight and then releasing in the warmth on the following days. By mid afternoon the Fork is relatively clear so that both wading and boating lower down is possible. The conditions might change during the coming week with the prediction of some snow and cloudy weather until next weekend. Subject to the level of snowfall the access should remain fine for wading.
Recommended Flies: Although on a warm day there will still be some midges coming off in the sunny places the most reliable results now will be nymphing with eggs, princes hare's ears and other attractor patterns.
Fishing on the Colorado is a matter of dodging ice floes and material. The warm weather will cause the ice to clear a little, but there is a lot of ice. But if it snows provided it remains relatively warm in the lower wider parts the snow won't stay too long. So if you are in the area and considering fishing, the Pan would be your best destination.
Recommended Flies: eggs, attractors and midges. Try streamers such as the autumn splendor, the yellow madonna and woolly buggers.