The peak releases in the Pan have passed and we are now heading back down to 250cfs. The Bureau indicated it should be this level by Sunday but at the moment the Pan is still 300cfs. It is still very good at this level with Harry reporting excellent hatches today and predicting that the PMD's are about to come off. I saw some PMD's today mid river so the season is ready. The river should be back to 250cfs in a day or so.
With the hot temperatures over the past few days, the Fork at Basalt touched around 3800 cfs yesterday and then dropped a little today to currently be 2790cfs. The temperatures will be a little lower for a couple of days and then pick up to the high 80's to 90's next weekend. For the moment the only fishing is on the Pan which will be perfect provided the Bureau has got a good read on the snowpack and is not caught out with underestimating how much snow is still up high. Ruedi is at 82.6% so there is still a way to go to fill it.
Having topped out at 700cfs for a few days last week the Bureau is pulling back the flows to 250cfs which will be perfect for great fishing. The fish are enjoying the higher flows and moving about. The PMD's are starting to put in an appearance so expect some great fishing. the Pan will be the best destination for a long way over the coming few weeks.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, pmd's, 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 - 2790cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork topped out near 3800cfs on Saturaday and is holding up in the high 2800's at the moment. A few more hot days and it should push higher. So for the moment it is not fishable.
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.