It looks as though the rivers have topped out for the moment. The Colorado has been falling for a week as has the Fork. The inflow to Ruedi has been dropping for 4 days. Taylor Creek is also falling although it is still running high. So overall it seems that this burst of heat over the last week has really finished off the lower elevation melt. For the past week the Fork has been running almost twice the average for this time of year topping out near 4000cfs on June 4th. Currently it is around 3000 and right now it is cooling with a little rain falling.
Over the next few days, the temperature will fall a little and there is a chance of rain so that will also slow down the rivers.
The Bureau topped out the releases around 700cfs for several days and has now cut the Pan back to 414cfs. They will drop it further in the coming week back toward the lower 200's if the information we got 2 weeks ago is accurate. So now the best fishing for 100's of miles will be the Frying Pan.
Make your plans.
Current Flow: below the Dam 414cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
With the Pan having topped out early in the week and now back to around 400cfs the water condition is excellent and the fishing has been great in the widest sections closer to the Dam. The lower down one comes, the flow is augmented by the various tributaries which are still flowing high even though they have peaked out and the flow is clear.
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 - 3500cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork appears to have passed its Peak but it is still nearly twice the average so it needs to come down more to be comfortable. With the prediction of cooler weather over the next few days, it could come down quite quickly and provide some fishing opportunities later in the week higher up in the wider sections. We shall see. But for now head to the Frying Pan.