The Bureau dropped the flows at the beginning of the week to fill Ruedi so now the Pan is running at 117cfs which is just too low at this time of year. Ruedi is currently 95.3% full. At the current flows it will probably take another 1 - 2 weeks to fill so expect the flows to stay low a little longer. However, if the snowpack has melted more quickly than expected, it could take longer.
If you are interested in the calculation, look at the link to Ruedi at the bottom of our river flows page. You can see the inflow and outflow noted. Assuming a net inflow (i.e. gross inflow less outflow) of 300cfs, it will take 7 days to fill the balance of about 4200 acre feet. However if the net flow halves to 150 cfs, it would take 2 weeks. Obviously the flows will drop as we have passed peak flows. Therefore, depending upon whether there is a call on the water or rain, the calculation will change. This at least will give you a rule of thumb to assess how long before flows in the Pan normalize. When Ruedi if full the outflows should equal the inflows plus any calls on the water required to be made.
The flow in the Fork has almost halved since the 11th of June, with the flows currently under 2000cfs. The condition of the Fork is still high but fishing well. So overall the season is now on in both the Pan and the Fork. Harry reported great drake hatches last night floating down near Glenwood Springs, so the drake hatch is on the way.
It has been hot over the past few days with the temperatures into the 90's. However a cooler change is predicted with the possiblity of rain and clouds over the next week. It has been very dry so some rain would be very welcome.
As the flows drop the fishing will only get better and with the drakes in evidence it is time to make your plans. We would love to see you.
We concluded another great kids camp this weekend. Here are some photos.
The Pan is back to 117cfs which the Bureau tries to fill Ruedi. It will be interesting to see whether it will fill in time before some water calls come on. The current flows are just too low for this time of year with the bright skies. The hatches needs more water movement to pick up. So it is a matter of time before either Ruedi fills or there are calls for water.
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 melt has passed its peak given the flows over the past week have dropped so much. The hot weather precipitated a fast melt so now the Fork is in good condition for fast floating or fishing from the edges. The water condition is excellent. Harry reported good drake hatches last night and Ed is seeing yellow sallies as well now. So the fishing on the Fork is excellent now either floating or wading.
Initially try larger flies deep on the edges. Try attractors and large stone flies.
Try small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well. For emergers, the rs2 in black or gray. Also the sparkle wing rs2.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
Leave the Colorado alone at the moment. It needs to settle down before the fishing is any good.