Flow: 41 cfs
Short and Sweet: It's been very warm in Basalt this week and the Fryingpan is fishing extremely well. We are seeing a few baetis adults buzzing around, but the trout are still primarily interested in midges. Good hatches are coming off from 10 a.m. until well in the afternoon, and nymphing will be productive before, during and after hatches. Nymphs should consist of mysis shrimp, small eggs, small midge larvae and baetis nymphs. Rarely will a Fryingpan rainbow let a gray RS2 or pheasant tail roll by without some close inspection. Keep your rigs light, stealthy and short with tiny indicators. 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. Mile markers 4, 8 and 10 are worth checking out.
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, BWO no-hackle 20-22, Collett's BWO dry 20-22, Roy's Fryingpan emerger 20-22
Nymphs: Plain prince nymph 20, 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, Oregon cheese and fire orange hot tail egg 12-14, pheasant tail 18-24
Flow: 72 cfs below Maroon Creek, 198 cfs in Emma, and 295 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Rating: 6/10 above Basalt, 7/10 below Basalt
Short and Sweet: Recent warming trends have been melting a lot of snow, cooling the water off a bit. This can slow the fishing slightly, but we are already climbing out of this. There aren't really any dry fly 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 good, but most days it will be 10 degrees warmer just a few miles down valley. 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 also produce and we are seeing handfuls of adults flying around on cloudy days. Princes will catch most of your fish this week. The float fishing is happening again, and rafts are recommended over dories with these lower flows. Floats are generally best from Carbondale down. We are seeing some BWOs, but not heavy numbers as of yet. Be aware of spawning closures at three and four mile.
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, rainbow warrior 18-20
Flow: 1210 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: If you ask our guide staff, the fishing on the Colorado this time of year is truly sensational. Check in with Taylor Creek if you are headed to the Collie and we will give you real-time information on clarity and flows. 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 the riffles. Glenwood Springs to Rifle is the best area to check out; it's still dark and cooler in the canyon above Glenwood. Wading spots will be found in South Canyon, Two Rivers and near the Dino boat ramp. Be aware of spawning closures at Grizzly Creek and Canyon Creek.
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, 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, d-midge 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.