The Pan continues to drift lower as Rocky Fork slows down. At 233cfs the conditions are excellent but closer to town the flows are higher because the late lower elevation melt continues and the tributaries are still putting in quite a volume of water.
The Fork has certainly passed its peak for the moment and probably for the season as in the hot weather it continues to make lower highs. The Colorado is also falling but the conditions are still fast and colored so it is not an option.
We have had some float trips out on the Fork reporting good fishing along the edges but it is still fast and so unless you are experienced and can fish quickly and change your own flies it is a hard job for the guides to keep on the oars and then attend to an inexperienced client.
The Pan remains the best destination at the moment and with the forecast for temperatures in the 80's and thunderstorms the flows won't settle down much on the Fork or the Colorado.
The Pan continues to flow a little lower as Rocky Fork and the tributaries slow down. The fishing is best higher up as flows closer to town are still fast with the extra water from the tributaries. The best dry fly fishing is also in the top few miles with Harry and Cam noting PMD's coming off and fish rising to them this week. Mid river, the fishing taking dries are still few and far between and are on the edges. But as the flows slow, one would expect the conditions to get better as the fish have time to look up and take the increasing hatches of PMD's and caddis.
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 - 1820cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
Although the Fork seems to have passed its peak, it is only marginally lower this week than last with the continuing hot weather. The Fork can be waded and floated now if one is selective but overall the conditions are better on the Pan.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either attractor patterns down deep. Alternatively stoneflies with eggs or baetis.