Flow: 40 cubic feet per second
Rating: 8 out of 10
Short and Sweet: The weather has been quite warm around Basalt recently, and the bugs are hatching heavily. Cloudy, warm days are all you can ask for on the Pan, and we are getting our share of them. If you love to throw dries, be on the river from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Midges are the name of the game, surface-wise, and nymphing will get some fish in the net before and after these hatches. Nymphs should consist of mysis shrimp, small eggs, small midge larvae and baetis nymphs. Dry flies should be on 7x, nymphs on 5 and 6x. We highly suggest checking out the stretches below Baetis Bridge, as these areas are just recently de-iced and these fish are far less paranoid than flats fish.
Dries: Bill's midge emerger 20-22, foam top RS2 20-22, hatching midge 20-22, Fryingpan emerger 20-22, Morgan's parachute midge 20-22
Nymphs: Sparklewing RS2 20-22, pandemic BWO 20-22, black RS2 18-22, biot midge emerger 20-22, epoxy mysis shrimp 16-18, tungsten hoover baetis 20-22, bling midge 20-24, Tim Heng's mysis 16-18, top secret midge 20-24
Flow: 72 cfs below Maroon Creek, 165 cfs in Emma, and 295 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Rating: 7 out of 10 above Basalt, 8 out of 10 below Basalt
Short and Sweet: It's been downright ridiculous on the Fork this week. There aren't really any hatches to speak of, but the nymphing has been superb. Stoneflies, eggs, princes and midge larvae are the name of the game. Fishing above Basalt is pretty good, but most days it will be 10 degrees warmer just a few miles downvalley. Fish are still primarily in the deeper pits and runs, and will also be found in the center channel again. Egg colors should be chartreuse to orange, stones should be blond or champagne. Baetis patterns will produce also, as we are seeing handfuls of adults flying around on cloudy days. The float fishing is happening again, rafts are recommended over dories with these lower flows. Floats are generally best from Carbondale down.
Dries: Bill's midge emerger 20-22, Morgan's parachute midge 18-22, Collett's BWO, Griffith's gnat 18-22
Nymphs: 20-incher 12-14, cat poop 8-12, beaded prince 16-18, B.O.B. Knights 18-22, chocolate thunder 18-22, eggs 14-18, San Juan worm 10, juju baetis 18-22, TC red midge 18-20, ultra-bling RS2 18-20, freestone emerger 20-22, STD dark and pheasant tail 18-20
Flow: 1140 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Rating: 9 out of 10
Short and Sweet: All of us are fishing the Colorado hard on our days off. Floating this river is optimal, although wading spots are plentiful. Midges are coming off from noon until near-dark, and sizes vary from 16 to 20. Most fish are being caught on stonefly nymphs, smaller beaded princes, jumbo-sized eggs, and various midge larvae and emergers. Fish will primarily be found in the deeper pits, near the bottom. This changes as the day progresses and the hatches intensify, bringing the fish into the softer pocket water and below riffles. Glenwood to Rifle is the best area to check out, most of us are fishing New Castle to Silt. Wading spots will be found in South Canyon, Two Rivers and at the Dino boat ramp. High, hot sun can slow the fishing down a bit after 3 or 4 p.m., but on the cloudy days it can be lights out until dark.
Dries: Idyl's adult midge, Fryingpan emerger 18-20, Engle's emergent midge 16-22, hi-vis Griffith's gnat 18-22
Nymphs: Flashtail hot egg 12-16, cat poop 6-8, D-midge 18-20, jujubee midge 16-20, 20-incher 10-12, beaded prince 16-18, TC red midge larvae 16-20, BLM 18-20, freestone emerger 18-20, biot midge emerger 18-22, STD dark 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.