Well the heat caught up with the Bureau this week and the flows have filled Ruedi almost to the top. Consequently the Bureau was forced to react quickly over the weekend jacking up the flows by 150cfs in the Pan. It knocked the fishing off a little as it put the bugs down and the fish stayed low. But if one added weight and fished on the bottom there were fish to be had over the weekend.
We had our kids camp this weekend and the higher water made fishing the river a little tough, but there were fish to be taken. Overall it was another great success with Cam, Gary, and Matt with Joe joining in on Sunday. We have another camp scheduled for July so if you want to spend a great weekend with some great guides teaching you and the kids how to fish, book with Cameron.
With Ruedi now full, the level of the outflows will be dictated by the inflows. But it does look as though the flows have peaked out so maybe in a few days the Bureau will cut back the releases for next weekend. Still at current levels the conditions are still great.
The fishing on the Fork has been good now with floats and wades going out. It is still fast and therefore unless one is competent the floating can be difficult. Wading the Fork though offers good results along the edges. The higher up the better.
As we come into July we are getting set for a great season. There are already reports of drakes in the evenings near Glenwood so it won't be long before they are higher up.
We are looking forward to seeing you all this season. So make your plans, high water is almost done.
Although Rocky Fork is slowing down, the Bureau pushed up the releases in the Pan over the past 3 days to control the level of Ruedi as it nears full. Consequently, the key to the releases will be the level of the inflow to Ruedi. Currently it is 323cfs but dropping so the Pan won't be running at this level for very long. The forecast is for a hot week in the mid to high 80's so don't expect any respite. But the tributaries are all well down now as the lower elevation melt is well past done and now it is only the highest elevation melt left to come down.
The fishing was great on the Pan this week prior to the increased releases. The fish were taking PMD's off the surface all the way into town. The releases slowed down the bugs and put the fish low but in a day or so everything will settle and it will be perfect again. The releases will fall shortly as the inflow slows so keep an eye on the levels on the website.
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 - 1680cfs (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.
Higher up there are good reports on the Fork wading along the edges with big flies such as girdle bugs and flash prince or san juan worm droppers. The floating is fast so be on top of your game to take advantage of the pace.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either attractor patterns down deep. Alternatively stoneflies with eggs or baetis.