The hot weather arrived together with warm winds and the melt really gathered pace. The Colorado is unfishable. And the Fork is almost unfishable except very high up. The Pan remains in good condition, but Rocky Fork and higher elevations are really beginning to melt. Consequently although the Bureau has not increased the releases, the guage indicates that Rocky Fork is putting around 50cfs into the Pan bringing it close for 400cfs.
Lower down, the Pan has really taken on color. Taylor Creek jumped quite dramatically in todays heat and is putting a lot of color into the river as are some of the other tributaries. So that by the time one gets low down close to town the river is obviously running at over 400cfs and is quite colored. But Generally the Pan offers great fishing from about the 6 mile mark up.
The coming week promises more hot weather so the melt will continue to raise the rivers leaving the Pan as the only good fishable water in the area.
Current Flow: below the Dam 390cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
The Pan releases have remained constant but the higher readings are due to Rocky Fork which is bringing in quite a flow now. The hot weather of the past few days really picked up the lewer level melts filling the various tributaries and bringing color into the Pan below the 6 mile mark. The fishing has been excellent though. With the water level remaining fairly constant the midge hatches and the BWO hatches in the shade have been excellent.
Today the fish took both BWO and midge dries as well as nymphs. Pheasant tails, miracle nymphs, emergers, parachute adams. The fish ate them all. And generally there weren't a great number of people out for the Memorial weekend.
The coming week promises more heat and generally clear weather with possibly some rain over the next 24 hours. The Pan is the only fishable destination for hundreds of miles in this heat, so with little likelihood that the flow will change, the fishing should be good.
Recommended Flies:There is good fishing now on both midges and BWO's. The principal hatches are midges, but the BWO's are building in intensity.
With the warmth arriving there will be caddis starting to move about. In addition as the water gets higher try bigger bugs in the faster water where it is deep. The fish will take large attractors where the water is fast enough and it is a little colored. It also enables one to get away with heavier tippet.
For the moment, the Fork is a sea of mud so don't bother for the coming week. Just come to the Pan.
The Colorado is a sea of mud so just drive by, turn onto highway 82 and come up to the Pan.