Another week of snow. 21" this week. And the Pan is now running at 144cfs in an effort to make room for the anticipated runoff. With Ivanhoe now more than 56% above the median at this time of year, and some more snow of the way, the snow pack is looking excellent.
There is a lot of snow along the edges of the rivers now, yet it has not been cold. The high temperatures over the next 10 days are predicted to be in the high 30 to the mid 40's so the snow will start to melt off a little in these conditions at lower elevations. We need it because there is snow stacked everywhere and a week of melt in Basalt would be welcome for those looking for parking downtown.
With the flows now at 144cfs, the Pan is in great condition for this time of year. The heavy snows have built up along the edges making access a little difficult in some places until one gets into the flow.
With the prediction of more snow in the coming week, the weather will stay relatively warm and provided one dresses for snowy conditions, it will be pleasant on the river.
Recommended Flies:Use eggs, midges and BWO's.
For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BUV mysis.
The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try Wilson's Reverse Candy Cane #20, red and black chironocones #20, nick's larva in miracle pink, olive, and purple back, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, rainbow warriors, black polywings #18 - #22 and bling midges # 18 - #22.
In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, black cdc midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.
The browns are on the redds now so fish below for the rainbows taking the eggs drifting downstream.
Current Flow: near Emma - Frozen (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
After additional snow there has been significant build up along the banks so take care. But the weather hasn't been cold so there hasn't been any ice build up so the river is accessible.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either attractor patterns down deep. Alternatively stoneflies with eggs or baetis.
With more snow on the way, take care accessing the river from the edges.
Recommended Flies: Generally the way to go is nymphing with small baetis, the FPA sparkle baetis, sparkle rs2's and biot emergers. For stonefly nymphs use the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher, rubberleg patterns such as Mike's BTB Coffee/Black and the Halloween Speckled Girdle Bug, with midges, eggs, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.