The Pan is stulll running unseasonally low at 124cfs while Ruedi is still filling. At the current inflow, Ruedi should be full by the middle to later in the week so by next weekend expect the Pan to be flowing at least at the inflow. Currently the inflow is 285cfs however it has almost halved over the past week, so an educated guess is that the Pan will be running in the low to mid 200's in a week.
We have had quite lot of rain over the past 3 days which hs brought some welcome respoite from the dry spell over the past month. The grass was bleaching if it wasn't watered. So some rain is very welcome and has cooled everything off a little. Even better the cloudy wet spell brought on some excellent BWO and PMD hatches. Cameron counted 6 drakes coming of on the Pan as well and there are reports of fish taking drake dries.
The Fork and the Colorado have also been fishing well on attractors and streamers. So overall the fishing is excellent and will improve next week as the Pan pushes up a little.
As the Bureau continues to push to fill Ruedi the Pan remains at an unseasonally low 125cfs. But that won't last much longer. By next weekend one would expect the Pan to be above 200cfs.
The PMD hatches are now coming off as well as good midge and BWO hatches in the cloudy conditions. The forecast is for clear dry conditions with temperatures in the 80's. So it will be very comfortable out on the river.
Cameron saw some drakes coming off and both he and Marty saw fish take drake dries so it seems hatch is here. So carry BWO's, PMD's and drakes as well as midges and expect good dry fly activity during the day.
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.
For PMD's use emergers and dries. For emergers, use the RS2, the emerger, or the FPA shuck trailer PMD. For dries use the No-hackle, the Comparadun or the parachute.
For drake nymphs try the Flavilinea, the FPA Nymph and the Muskrat. As soon as the fish start taking dries start with the emerger and then try W's Drake, the Wulff, the cripple, and the Comparadun.
Current Flow: near Emma - 1380cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork has halved over the past week affording great floating and wade fishing now for its full length. The drakes are in evidence as are caddis, yellow sallies, stone flies, PMDs and BWO's. The midge hatches are prolific on the edges.
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.
Also try yellow sallies as well as streamers.
Leave the Colorado alone at the moment. It needs to settle down before the fishing is any good.
Generally the way to go is nymphing with small baetis, the FPA sparkle baetis, sparkle rs2's and biot emergers.
For stonefly nymphs use the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher, rubberleg patterns such as Mike's BTB Coffee/Black and the Halloween Speckled Girdle Bug, with midges, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.
Try streamers as well.