Tomorrow is the beginning of summer and with temperatures pushing into the 90's today, the season is starting out hot. It is predicted to be clear for the next few days with the chance mid week for some thunderstorms. The bureau dropped the releases from Ruedi to 200cfs to fill the reservoir so at the moment the water flow is perfect! Ruedi is currently 89.6% full so with the daily inflow averaging around 500cfs at the moment, it will still take a while to fill. The question then will be what the inflow is compared to the releases. The bureau doesn't seem to have a good handle on the snowpack up high although this week Taylor Creek peaked indicating that the lower elevation melt is done. So we will just have to wait and see.
The Fork has been steady at Basalt for a few days now despite the hot weather, so it is possible that peak flows are not too far away or may even have passed.
So for the moment the best fishing for miles and miles is the Pan and will remain that way for the next week or so.
The Pan is back to 200cfs at the moment and is in pristine condition. The tributaries have topped out so the Pan is very clear all the way to Basalt. This is the best destination for fishing at the moment for a long way. The htches have not begun mid-river in earnest yet but there are caddis and pmd's putting in an appearance. The best results at the moment are from nymphing but it is just a matter of days before the PMD hatches become prolific.
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).
So far the peak for the Fork was 8 days ago. It has held up in the 2500 - 3000 range over the past couple of deals even thought the temperatures were in the 90's. So it remains to be seen if the flows will push higher from here or will just remain in this area as the high elevation melt proceeds. So for the moment the Fork 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.