Some more cool weather with rain and snow on the higher elevations. All great for the coming season. The Bureau dropped the Pan again on Friday to 216cfs.
It was a quiet week and even a quieter weekend. However the drop in the releases brought on some great dry fly fishing on the Pan. The cold weather and rain slowed down the caddis hatches and slowed down the flows in the Fork. Although just a little higher than last week, the Fork has not reclaimed its highs of 2 weeks ago so the water is in great condition and will stay that way until it makes a new high.
The weather is predicted to remain a little cooler with the possiblity of more rain over the next few days. However by next weekend the temperatures are supposed to be getting back to the 70's and that will bring some more warm weather with runoff picking up.
The Bureau dropped the flows again at the end of the week so with the Pan at 216 there was some great dry fly fishing over the weekend. The colder weather came in with some more rain and sleet so that sunday was wet and uncomfortable out on the river unless you dressed appropriately.
The coming week should offer some nice days out as the foreacast is for warming weather to wards the end of the week. There is a chance of rain mid-week so that should encourage some nice BWO hatches.
Just watch the weather forecast and dress for variable weather.
Recommended Flies:Use 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.
With the beatis nymphs and BWO's moving around now try small nymphs such as pheasant tails, bubble backs, FPA sparkle baetis and rs2's. When the BWO's come off parachute adams and standard BWO patterns. Also try the parachute BWO and the thorax patterns.
Current Flow: near Emma - 756cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The colder weather persisted which kept the Fork in great condition for the week. With the forecast of continuing cooler weather during the coming week, conditions will remain good until next weekend when the temperatures are predicted to pick up and if that happens and the flows push past previous highs the flows will get cloudy again.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either attractor patterns down deep. Alternatively stoneflies with eggs or baetis.
Try small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well. For emergers, the rs2 in black or gray. Also the sparkle wing rs2.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
As the Colorodo pushes higher, forget it. Just come higher up the Fork or onto the Pan. If the weather stays warm the Pan will be the only worthwhile destination.
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.