Flow: 1,370 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: There are river closures along Canyon creek and Grizzly creek to protect spawning fish. Do be careful around these areas! Fishing on the Colorado has been superb this past week, our guide staff has done very well on floats from Glenwood and down. The walk-wade fishing has been very good also, especially near Two Rivers and South Canyon. Eggs and baetis are the main entrees on the Colorado lately, you can also move some bigger fish with a well-placed streamer cast.
Hot Flies: Freestone emerger 20-22, cat pooh 6-8, 20-incher 10-12, prince 10-16, golden tungstone 14-16, tungsten ready baetis 20, tungsten soft hackle (gray) 18-20, soft hackle peacocks and hare's ears 14-16, 20-inchers 12-14, Stimi's 14-18, peacock caddis 14-16, later skater caddis 14-16, flag dun PMD 16-18, zombie Apocalypse, sex dungeon, gallops peanuts, Stott's ziwi, sculpzillas.
Flow: 42 cfs at Fish Hatchery Bridge in Carbondale
Short and Sweet: The Crystal River is, as most of us realize, a gem right under our noses here in the valley. Sure, there's not a ton of water in it, but that just makes the sight fishing better and more challenging. Bring the 7x and midge or baetis dries, or try nymphing small plain Pheasant Tails and Princes. The deep pools below Redstone still offer the best opportunities, but there is great fishing up and down Highway 133. Check out the staircase near Carbondale if you want a shot at a big whitefish!
Hot Flies: BH princes 14-18, BH PTs 14-18, STDs 18-20, copper Johns 14-18, San Juan worms 10, parachute Adams 14-16, stimis 12-16, elk hair caddis 14-18, RIP PMD 18, Swiss straw emerger 16-18, PMD halfback 16-18, cat pooh 6-8.
Flow: 48 cfs below Ruedi Reservoir
Short and Sweet: Fishing on the Fryingpan has been terrific this past week. We are seeing heavy baetis and midge hatches in the 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. time slot, and still a mixed bag of PMDs, caddis, and small dark stones. Egg patterns are taking fish, but not as well as they will in the coming weeks. Small dark streamers are a good bet on those cloudy days, or early and late in the day. The shrimping has been good up below the dam, and those fish are also more eager to eat egg patterns. Our experience lately has been better fishing in the middle and lower river, as the lake is in the process of "turning over" and the visability can be poor in the upper miles.
Hot Flies: Sand's epoxy mysis 16-18, sparkledun BWO 20-22, flag dun BWO 20-22, Collett's para BWO 20-22, foam top RS2s 20-22, later skater caddis 16, pearl and elk caddis 16-18, PMD flag dun 16, melon quill 16-18, PTs 20-24, sparklewing RS2s 20-22, gray RS2s 20-22, BTS baetis 20-22, pandemic BWO 20-22, Motown mysis 16-18, tung hoover beatis 20-22, black slumpbuster 8, flashtail eggs 16-18, cat pooh 8.
Flow: 33 cfs in Aspen, 98 cfs in Jaffe Park, 232 cfs in Basalt, 448 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: We can definitively say the Roaring Fork is the best fishing river in the valley right now. It's also the most vulnerable, with many browns spawning in sections throughout the system. Please be careful not to tread on or above these beds, which are easily noticeable as ultra clean gravelly areas just out of the main current. Try to ignore the pairs of trout on these beds, there are plenty of eager eaters in the main current. Small orange eggs and tiny shiny nymphs are the ticket right now, and streamers are a close second. Midge and baetis hatches are being seen midday as well!
Hot Flies: Olive cat pooh 10-12, iron Sally 14-16, prince 14-18, cat pooh 6-8, soft hackle hare's ear 16, Z-wing caddis 16-18, Z-wing caddis 16-18, tungsten ready baetis 20, tungsten soft hackle baetis 18-20, rainbow warrior 18-20, Sand's STD 18-20, freestone emerger 20-22, biot beatis emerger 18-20, RS2s 20-22, later skater caddis 14-16, stimulators 10-16, peacock caddis 14-16, San Juan worm 10-12, orange flashtail egg 16-18.
This report is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at (970) 927-4374 or taylorcreek.com.