Flow: 1,145 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: Fish on the Colorado just love an overcast day right now. Shaded water has been far more productive lately than sunny water, and, like the Roaring Fork, these fish are down deep. The streamer action has been quite good in the shaded water, and white fatheads and autumn splendors in the larger sizes are suggested. Larger egg sizes are best utilized in these spots - stonefly nymphs and worms are a good choice, too. Trail these flies with a plain 18 prince, 20 sparklewing RS2, or 22 freestone emerger. Boat traffic is still practically non-existent and a float can put you on top of tons of fish these days. Wading is best in New Castle and South Canyon.
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 hares ears 14-16, rainbow warrior 20-22, peg eggs and flashtail eggs 12-18, zombie apocalypse, sex dungeon, gallops peanuts and fatheads, Stott's ziwi, sculpzillas.
Flow: 32 cfs at Fish Hatchery Bridge in Carbondale
Short and Sweet: There are still strong baetis and midge hatches coming off mid-day in the lower sections of the Crystal River closer to Carbondale. Try size 20 dries for the BWOs and 24 on the midges, with colors ranging from gray to black. Eggs are sticking plenty of fish, as well as plain princes and small dark RS2s. Check out the RVR and Staircase, fishing can be good up near Redstone as well.
Hot Flies: Princes 14-18, PTs 18-24, STDs 18-20, copper Johns 20-22, San Juan worms 10, Parachute Adams 18-24, cat pooh 6-8, flashtail or peg eggs 16-18, jujubee midge 20-22.
Flow: 41 cfs below Ruedi Reservoir
Short and Sweet: Midges, baetis, eggs and mysis shrimp are what's on the menu these days on the Fryingpan River. There are spawners river-wide right now, so let's all do our part to be kind to fish on beds, regardless of species. The best bet to fish dry flies right now will be from Noon until 2 or 3 p.m. in the softer water. Nymphing a small, plain pheasant tail or gray RS2 behind an egg will produce fish, too. Shrimp patterns will catch fish from the bowl down through the flats.
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, 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, jujubee midge 20-24, Bill's adult midge 20-24.
Flow: 30 cfs in Aspen, 88 cfs in Jaffe Park, 185 cfs in Basalt, 366cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: The darker, deeper water - without sunlight pouring down on it - is producing the most hook ups this week river-wide on the Roaring Fork. Hatches are basically non-existent, but the nymphing has been very good lately. Using smaller stonefly nymphs, eggs, shiny baetis and midge nymphs are the way to go. Remember most fish are glued to the bottom these days. Floats are still very good from Carbondale down in a raft, the streamer bite can be excellent early in the day.
Hot Flies: Olive cat pooh 10-12, iron Sally 14-16, prince 14-18, cat pooh 6-8, soft hackle hares ear 16, 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, 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.