We did get a little cooler weather moving in over the past couple of days which left an additional 9" of snow at higher elevations. There was barely any precipitation lower down with the ground being damp in the mornings and low clouds. But it cleared by mid morning and made for very pleasant weather out on the river. This dry spell has brought down the snowpack to where it was last year at the same time, just marginally above the median.
The cooler spell has cleared up the rivers nicely as the overnight freezing temperatures have dropped the flows and slowed the melt. With most of the lower elevations having dried off there is not much lower melt left to go.
The forecast for the coming week is for the possibility of a little rain or snow but generally cooler overnight and temperatures up to the low 50's during the day.
If the overnight cold persists all rivers will clear nicely and offer good fishing on the Fork and Colorado in addition to the Pan.
Another good week of fishing on the Pan with the warm weather persisting. The hatches were good giving good dry fly action. The fish took mostly emergers but break the surface taking dries. The fish were generally active at all levels of the water column. The coming week promises more great fishing.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, and egg patterns.
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 - 278cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The cooler weather has cleared the Fork nicely all the way to Glenwood. It will be good fishing while the overnight cold persists.
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.
The cooler weather has cleared the Colorado now as well so the fishing will be good while the overnight cold persists and minimizes the melt during the days.
Recommended Flies: 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.