We didn't post a report last week because we were at the Mid Western Fly Fishing Show in Detroit. The flows in the Pan are now up to 216cfs as the Bureau makes room for the run-off. With a 102" base on the ski slopes there will be a lot of snow pack as we go into the snowy months. The jump in the flows slowed down the fishing on the Pan for a couple of days with the material in the water pushing the fish lower or to the sides. But it will clear in a day or so and provide good conditions. It also augments the flows in the Fork nicely from Basalt (368cfs) down and provides some good float fishing now.
With the weather continuing to stay warm and little prospect of precipitation over the next few days the conditions will be good for getting out on to the rivers.
If you want to see what is being caught on the Pine in Durango check out these fish.
The increased flows has bought some material into the river which is keeping the fish lower or on the edges. It will clear in a day or so and then we will have ideal conditions with the hatches gathering pace and warm comfortable weather.
The prediction for the coming week is higher temperatures in the high 40's to 50's and with minimal chance of rain. Maybe it will be snow overnight but during the day dress for wet weather and for some good bwo and midge 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.
The browns are still on the redds near the dam so fish below for the rainbows taking the eggs drifting downstream.
Current Flow: near Emma - 368cfs (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 increased releases from the Pan has pushed the flows up nicely in the Fork so that at 368cfs there is enough water to raft from Basalt down now. Most float traffic is lower down and the fishermen have been having a lot of success nymphing attractors.
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. The increased flows have cleared the river a little attracting quite a lot of float traffic over the weekends.
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.