The hot weather continued through the week pushing up all the freestones and causing Rocky Fork to increase its flow. The releases from the reservoir at the moment are 355cfs but the additional flow from Rocky Fork is increasing the flow to more than 400cfs at the guaging station. The inflow to Ruedi now is about twice the outflow and the pool has filled to 65% at the moment.
The melt will gather momentum over the next week with the forecast for clear skies and temperatures in the 80's. So in short, the only good fishable water for 100's of miles will be the 6 miles below the dam. The tribuataries are now running hard so by the time one gets below Taylor Creek the water is carrying just a touch of color in the warmer afternoons.
The melt is finally well underway. The fishing up near the dam this week was very good and the water was very wadable in the wider sections, so if you have in mind coming up, it should be fine with the Bureau not intending raising the river if their calculations are correct. We provide a detailed analysis of their thinking in this months newsletter which we are about to send out. If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter which comes out late spring through autumn, just drop us an email.
Current Flow: below the Dam 416cfs. (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.
The fishing below the dam has been very good with the fish taking mysis and midge combination rigs. Lower down the BWO hatches have been good in the shade. So for the coming week, the fishing will remain good in the 6 miles below the dam. It is the best fishing for 100's of miles.
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.