Flow: 40 cfs below Ruedi Reservoir
Short and Sweet: The middle river is the place to be.
In Depth Report: Hatches are fairly steady on the river, and we are delighted to report that the Fryingpan is opening up (ice-wise) nearly riverwide. Midges abound right now, and we are seeing good baetis (BWO) hatches on warmer cloudy days. The middle mile markers are a better bet than the top miles this week, and these fish haven't been pressured all winter like the fish below the toilet bowl. Eggs and baetis are the way to go for point flies on nymph rigs, follow these with small and red midge larvae, pupae and emergers. The streamer bite is good on cloudier days and in the deeper water. Nymphing requires 5x and 6x fluorocarbon tippets, dries need to be presented on 7x.
The best dry flies this week will be Bill's Midge Emerger in size 22 and Collett's parachute BWO, size 20-22.
Hot Flies: Tims Mysis 18, Sands Epoxy Mysis 18, Motown Mysis 18, Flashtail Mini Hot Egg 18, Peg Eggs 4-6mm, Pheasant Tail 22-24, RS2 22, Chocolate Thunder 22, Tungsten Hoover Baetis 20, Poxyback Baetis 22, TC Red Midge Larva 22, Foam Wing RS2 22, Bills Midge Emerger 22, Fryingpan Emerger 22, Colletts Parachute BWO 22, Autumn Splendor 10, black or rust Slumpbuster 8
Flow: 73 cfs in Aspen, 100 cfs in Basalt, 263 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: It's almost "5th Season," which is the absolute best fishing of the year on the Fork, and it starts right now!
In Depth Report: The Roaring Fork is getting in to shape in a big way this week. Cloudy days are bringing the baetis out, midges seem to be hatching from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. Fish are paying attention to eggs, stoneflies and streamers this week also. Make the egg or stone the point fly on your nymph rigs, followed by plain or beaded Prince nymphs, midge or baetis nymphs. Most fish will be found in the deeper pools and pits, and will transition to shallower lies as hatches progress. Don't forget the streamers early and late in the day!
Hot Flies: Cat Pooh 6-8, Chartreuse, Orange or Yellow yarn eggs or peg eggs, Rainbow Warrior 18-20, Prince Nymph 18, red Copper John 20, Jujubee midge 20-22, Black Beauty 20-22, Freestone Emerger 20-22, Heng's Autumn Splendor 6-8, Slumpbuster 6-8
Flow: 1,070 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: It's all about the midges and egg patterns in this "fifth season."
In Depth Report: Dry flies on the Collie? You better believe it! Midges are pouring off in the afternoons. Eggs are also on the menu on the Colorado right now for the fish and anglers alike. Carry a wide assortment of peg and yarn-style eggs in chartreuse, green, yellow and orange. Play around with sizes and depth until you find the fish. Similarly to the Roaring Fork, these fish will be hunkered down in the softer water, not out in the middle of the current. Your other lead fly right now should be a stonefly nymph, fished heavy and deep. Egg patterns should be followed by sparkle-wing RS2s, prince nymphs, Freestone Emergers, Medallion Midges, D- Midges, or the ever-popular Rojo Midge. Newcastle bridge, South Canyon, and around Two Rivers is the place to be. Nymph down deep towards the center lines until the hatch starts, then transition with the fish to the softer water.
Hot Flies: Cat Poop 6-8, Yarn and peg eggs 12-16, Rojo Midge 20-22, D- Midge 20-22, Freestone Emerger 20-22, Medallion Midge 20-22, Sparkle-wing RS2 18-22, Prince Nymph (plain or beaded) 16-18, Bill's adult midge 20-22, Morgan's parachute midge 20-22, Sprouts midge 20-22
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.