As the rivers continue to fall and the releases into Pan fall, conditions are excellent in the Pan and rapidly improving in the Fork. The Fork is back to 2000cfs in Basalt and the Pan is now 241cfs. Ruedi is near 93% full and the releases into the Pan are actually 200cfs so the difference is Rocky Fork which will continue to fall over the next week or so. So the target for the Pan to look forward to is even lower that 245cfs. The tributaries are all dropping as well so the Pan closer to down will also slow down over the coming weeks.
The Fork is clear and still dropping but it is a fast float if you have a mind to go out on to the water. The Colorado is still raging but slowing as well.
So for the coming week come to the Pan and maybe fish the edges of the Fork higher up where the water is clear. We should have a cool change midweek so that will slow down the melt as well and improve conditions even further. We have a good week to look forward to.
Current Flow: below the Dam 241cfs.(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 - 2000cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork has passed its Peak but it is still high and fast 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 or the upper Fork.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either attractor patterns down deep. Alternatively stoneflies with eggs or baetis.