Runoff is in full force on the Fork and the Colorado so the only worthwhile destination is the Pan for the moment. Around this time of the year Ruedi generally enters into co-ordinated releases for the endangered fish so expect even the Pan to be higher shortly. As soon as we know we will put in on facebook and instagram. So bear that in mind if you are thinking of coming up. Even if the water is high the fishing will be OK close to the dam with the mysis shrimp dumping in to the river, but closer down it won't be worth the effort.
The Pan is OK at the moment with good water conditions. The fish are still laying low but there were reports of reasonable fishing closer to the Dam. Keep an eye out though for the co-ordinated release program whereby they prioritize the endangered fish ahead of local endangered businesses. When the water comes up it won't be good fishing for a day or so, but when it settles down to a consistent flow it will be good fishing close to the dam where there will be floods of mysis shrimp coming through.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, nymphs and attractors. The fish are also taking small nymphs.
For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BDV 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.
In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, black cdc midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.
The fish are taking generic nymphs such as pheasant tails and caddis larva patterns. The BWO's are coming off as well. Try emerger patterns such as rs2's and WD-50's.
For BWO naturals use standard BWO's, parachute BWO's, parachute Adams, and Thorax patterns.
Current Flow: near Emma -1110cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork hit over 1200 cfs today. With the forecast for hot weather, it won't be good fishing for a few days. It will need to drop below a peak for a few days and the water clear before it would be worth the effort. So just head to the Pan.
With the flows pick up quickly, leave the Colorado alone at the moment. Unless we get a burst of colder weather which settles down the flows it won't be worth fishing.