Flow: 1,320 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: The Colorado is what everybody's whispering about this week. The feedbag is definitely on right now, with lots of strong fish down deep in the channels and pockets. The wading opportunities from New Castle up through Glenwood are top notch, with most fish being landed on peg eggs, worms, and gray sparklewing RS2s. Keep the plain princes and freestone emergers handy also, and get these flies down deep and heavy when conditions allow. Floats are the best way to approach this water, and it's relatively quiet out there with boat traffic. Don't forget the streamers!
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, stimis 14-18, peacock caddis 14-16, later skater caddis 14-16, rainbow warrior 20-22, peg eggs and flashtail eggs 12-18, zombie apocalypse, sex dungeon, Gallop's peanuts, Stott's ziwi, sculpzillas.
Flow: 32 cfs at Fish Hatchery Bridge in Carbondale
Short and Sweet: The Crystal River is seeing some big browns moving in the confluence and up, so it's a good time to go stick a big one. The lower Crystal is fishing much better than the upper, pay attention to the Hatchery, Staircase and the RVR. Eggs, trailed by baetis and midge nymphs, are the way to go right now. If you enjoy throwing midge dries, be on the Crystal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or so!
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, flashtail or peg eggs 16-18, jujubee midge 20-22.
Flow: 41 cfs below Ruedi Reservoir
Short and Sweet: The Fryingpan is still producing strong baetis hatches up top from noon until 2 p.m. or so, and midges seem to be hatching nearly all day. We are starting to see some spawning beds throughout the river. Therefore, eggs are starting to catch a lot of fish. With the low flows and bright sun, stealthy presentations are a must. Fluorocarbon tippets in size 7x are good for dries, and 6x will suffice for nymphing. The "bowl" is fishing really well, and we suggest Will's epoxy mysis behind an egg up there. Clearer water will be found below mile marker 8 or so. Ruedi is still in the process of turning over and the water is a bit green in the upper miles.
Hot Flies: Sands' epoxy mysis 16-18, sparkledun BWO 20-22, flag dun BWO 20-22, Collett's para BWO 20-22, foam top RS2s 20-22, 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 baetis 20-22, black slumpbuster 8, flashtail eggs 16-18, jujubee midge 20-24, Bill's adult midge 20-24.
Flow: 30 cfs in Aspen, 96 cfs in Jaffe Park, 200 cfs in Basalt, 430 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: The Roaring Fork is a great bet this week for catching your fair share. We suggest checking out Jaffe Park, the channels though Basalt down to Highway 82, Catherine Store, the confluence with the Crystal and Veltus Park down in Glenwood. Peg and yarn eggs in orange, yellow, or mottled variations of these colors are doing very well. Follow these eggs with rainbow warriors, plain princes, or sparklewing RS2s. Fishing has been best from 10 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m. and, in most areas, the fish are down in deep water without sunlight on it.
Hot Flies: Olive cat pooh 10-12, iron Sally 14-16, prince 14-18, cat pooh 6-8, soft hackle hare's ear 16, tungsten ready baetis 20, tungsten soft hackle baetis 18-20, rainbow warrior 18-20, Sands' STD 18-20, freestone emerger 20-22, biot baetis emerger 18-20, RS2s 20-22, San Juan worm 10-12, orange flashtail egg 16-18, Oregon cheese 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.