The US Fish and Wildlife has completed its releases and consequently the Bureau has pulled Pan releases back to winter levels. The Pan is now running at 100cfs, the winter levels. It the Bureau can keep it at this level or close to it all the way through the coldest months of winter this will be an excellent level going forward. It also makes now for some of the best dry fly fishing of the year as the shallower water will bring the fish to the surface all the way down to Basalt. It is the first time the Pan has been wadable and fishable from Basalt for the first three miles for some months now.
The forecast for the coming week is maybe a day or so for some cloud cover and maybe a shower but then clear sunny weather in the mid 50's thorugh 60's for the next week. This makes for perfect weather and for some excellent dry fly fishing the full length of the Pan.
The lower flows have also dropped the Fork below Basalt which makes it a little skinnier but ideal for wade fishing. And of the course the Colorado is fishing extremely well. Cameron reported some of the best dry fly fishing on the Colorado this year while floating this week. The fish were taking large dries against the banks and made for some dramatic takes.
A beautiful time of the year. If you have some time to come up over the next week, the weather should be perfect and the fishing ideal.
Current Flow: below the Dam 100cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The Pan releases have dropped by 2/3rds to now be running at an excellent 100cfs. At the height of summer, this level would be a little troublesome because with a lot of traffic the fish would feel a lot of pressure. But now as the numbers of fishermen on the river have thinned out considerably, it is an excellent level giving fishermen access now to most of the river from Basalt up and opening up water where the fish haven't been troubled for months.
With the prediction of clear warm weather through most of the coming week, we are expecting excellent fishing in prospect.
Recommended Flies:There is good fishing now on PMD's, midges and BWO's.
For PMD dries use the Sparkle Comparadun #16-#18, Thorax PMD #16 - #18, AK's Melon Quill, AK's Parachute Red Quill, Rusty Spinner's, Pink Cahill, Lawson's No Hackles. In addition use emergers and nymphs when there is not much surface activity.
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.
Current Flow: near Emma - 628cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
With the Fork now running at around 400cfs from Basalt because of the reduced releases from Ruedi, the water is getting a little skinny for floating unless you are prepared to do a little work. The condition of the water is excellent and offers great opportunity to fish pocket water or streamers. Great fishing is to be expected over the next week with the prediction of warm clear weather as the browns begin to stage for the spawn.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing using drake, stonefly and baetis nymphs. In the mornings rusty spinners, and in the afternoons progress to caddis and baetis nymphs. Try streamers as well.
Recommended Flies: Big stonefly nymphs, rubberleg patterns, with small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.
The best rig is a big rubberleg first followed by a smaller emerger baetis or maybe nymph around #18 fished deep down.