We had quite a bit of wind this past week which made it tough out on the river. It blew the hatches around making dry fly fishing difficulty but fishing below the surface still yielded results. With the Pan still running at 168cfs and the mild temperatures the river is clear and easy access. The warmer weather has melted a lot of the snow which was against the road 2 weeks ago. We did get another 10" of snow during the week up high. Lower down is was wet and melted off immediately.
The forecast for the coming week is for temperatures in the mid to high 40's and some precipitation. But at those temperatures it will be more likely rain at lower elevations with some snow up high. This is ideal weather for fishing and to continue to augment the snow pack. Not too cold on the river but snow added up high.
The higher releases from Ruedi continue to make room for the anticipated runoff as the outflow exceeds the inflow by over 100cfs. Currently the snow pack is 174% of last years level at Ivanhoe and nearly 150% of the median snowpack at this time of year. Nast Lake is 258% of the level at the same time last year. So as we head into the traditionally more snowy time of year, one would expect that to build if the upcoming spring snow is typical.
The outlook for the current summer therefore looks excelllent.
With the flows now at 168cfs, the Pan is in great condition for this time of year. The dpast week of warmer weather has melted off a lot of the snow along the edges or packed it down making access a lot easier.
The wind over the past week made for a few difficult days out, but if one stuck to nymphing the fishing was good.
The prediction for the coming week is high temperatures in the mid to high 40's and with a good chance of rain. Maybe it will be snow overnight but during the day dress for wet weather and for some good bwo hatches.
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).
The higher flows from the Pan are clearing the Fork below Basalt. The Town of Basalt is working in the river at the moment so the water condition below town is a little cloudy when the machines are operating. 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.
The warmer weather and temperatures have picked up the flows a little as the ice and snow melts at lower elevations. 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.