Update on releases. The Bureau has just advised that they will be increasing the releases tonight but will not at this point be participating in the co-ordianted releases. That is going to be evaluated this week. So for the moment the fishing will be great with the Pan being pushed up to 275cfs. We will advise when when know something more specific.
As the melt picks up the pace, the Fork and Colorado have blown out. Despite consistent releases the Pan is pushing up as Rocky Fork brings more water in and the other tributaries are at their highest point for the season.
See note above for an update on releases from Ruedi.
The Fork won't be clear and neither will the Colorado. In addition the temperatures are predicted to push up the mid 80's during the week so that will hasten the lower elevation melt as well.
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(updated Tuesday) The Bureau is going to increase releases this week, but have revised their program for the co-ordinated releases. Consequently the flows will go only up to 275cfs and then will advise later on the other releases. So for now the fishing will remain excellent.
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.
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 - 1350cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
With the warmer weather the Fork has pushed past its previous high and is now in run-off as the lower elevations melt off. While it is rising over new ground it is not worth trying to fish. Head for the Pan over the next day or so but watch for the increased releases from the Pan due to come by mid week. Then take a week off.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either attractor patterns down deep. Alternatively stoneflies with eggs or baetis.
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. But keep an eye of the releases which will come this week for the co-ordinated releases. Take the week off when the Pan hits 300cfs, or just enjoy a fast float down the river.
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.