As predicted, the Bureau has pushed up the Pan to a target of 600cfs by Tuesday for the 2 endangered fish which live 300 miles from here. The flows will come down by next week end. We will see what they come down to. Hopefully it is something sensible below 350cfs so wading access will not be too hard on the Pan. The hot weather is hastening the melt as well, so the Fork and Colorado are not worth floating unless you want a very fast float trip for the fun of it.
However if you do want some fishing this week there is always Bar Z-X and our new experience, catching enormous lake trout on Ruedi. It might not be "purist" fly fishing, but when the rivers are blown out, fun is still fun. A client had a great day this week.
Ruedi Reservoir is fishing great right now and there is almost zero boat traffic! Some lake trout are still being caught shallow in the morning but most are starting to move out deeper. 30 to 60 feet of water has been most productive. The big fish are are feeding heavily on newly stocked rainbow trout and the surface temperature is in the mid 50s. Run off is in full affect now so there is a lot of murky water, florescent spoons are working well, as are crankbaits, flies, and tube jigs. The lake is rising several feet per week and there is a lot of floating debri so be careful if you are on the water. Please release all lake trout over 24 inches!
As predicted the Bureau finally pushed up the flows for the handful of endangered fish on the other side of the planet. The flows will come back down by the end of the week so plan for reasonable flows by next weekend.
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 - 4000cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
Full blown run-off at the moment. So wait for the Pan to settle down by the end of the week after the co-ordinated releases finish.
Don't bother to think about it unless you just want a very fast raft trip. Just come up to the Frying Pan at the end of the week.