With the forecast predicting higher temperatures in the coming week, maybe the melt will pick up pace. We are well behind last year, and with the snowpack 191% of the median, we are well behind the historical melt.
With a quickening thaw, the condition of the Fork and the Colorado will deteriorate.
So the most reliable destination by next weekend will be the Frying Pan.
With the flows at 200cfs for the moment the conditions are great for this time of year. Enjoy it while it lasts. However expect the flows to pick up as this is the time that the Bureau starts to push up releases for the co-ordinated flows for the endangered fish.
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 - 815cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The flows are relatively clear at the moment and the coller temperatures have kept the melt down. But expect the flows to pick up as the week progresses and temperatures remain above freezing over night at the higher elevations. By next weekend just head to the Pan.
The flows in the Colorado are picking up again with the warmer weather. Don't bother to think about it unless you just want a very fast raft trip. Just come up to the Frying Pan.