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Fishing Report

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Taylor Creek Fly Shop Contributed photoA thick Fryingpan River rainbow.

Flow: 2,200 cfs in Glenwood Springs

Short and Sweet: The Colorado River here in our neck of the woods has been blowing out and muddy for the last MONTH, and we are just leaving it be. This is a blessing in disguise, as we really needed some moisture here in Colorado. If you do fish it, use bright worms and cat poohs. Our guide staff are licking their chops in anticipation of getting back on, but not this week.

Hot Flies: 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, 20-Inchers 12-14, Stimi’s 14-18, Peacock Caddis 14-16, Yellow Humpy 14-16, Later Skater Caddis 14-16, Flag Dun PMD 16-18, Zombie Apocalypse, Sex Dungeon, Gallops Peanuts, Stott’s Ziwi, Sculpzillas.

Flow: 46 cfs at Fish Hatchery Bridge in Carbondale

Short and Sweet: The Crystal River has been off-color almost all week, as it’s been raining cats and dogs upvalley recently. As with the Colorado, this is a blessing in disguise! The Crystal is still fishing well, with stones, caddis and PMDs being the name of the game. Mile markers 47 to 57 are the sweet spot, and a few fish are being picked off closer to Carbondale in the Staircase. Focus on the deeper pools and runs and stick around until late afternoon, as the dry fly fishing can be spectacular!

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, Stimi’s 12-16, Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Royal Wulff 10-16, RIP PMD 18, Swiss Straw Emerger 16-18, PMD Halfback 16-18, Cat Pooh 6-8.

Flow: 192 cfs below Ruedi Reservoir

Short and Sweet: The Pan is the place to be right now! Heavy hatches of PMDs are being seen throughout, with excellent rusty spinner falls in the evenings and early mornings. Nymphing a sunken rusty spinner in the morning hours can be very productive. Our famous green drakes are starting to come off daily, and we’ve been seeing them as high as mile marker 8 or so. Try a gilled drake nymph and parachute or cripple drake dries. BWOs and midges are still the name of the game up top. Stones and Caddis are very productive on the lower stretches in the faster water.

Hot Flies: Sparkledun BWO 20-22, Flag Dun BWO 20-22, Collett’s Para BWO 20-22, Foam Top RS2s 20-22, Later Skater Caddis 16, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, PMD Flag Dun 16, Melon Quill 16-18, PTs 20-24, Sparklewing RS2s 20-22, Black RS2s 20-22, BTS Baetis 20-22, Pandemic BWO 20-22, Motown Mysis 16-18, Tung Hoover Beatis 20-22, 20-Inchers 12-14, Gilled Green Drake 12-14, Parachute Drake and Cripple Drake dries 10-12.

Flow: 53 cfs in Aspen, 110 cfs in Jaffe Park, 139 cfs in Basalt, 514 cfs in Glenwood Springs

Short and Sweet: The Roaring Fork is fishing best early and late, and it can get a little slow midday, especially if the sun is hot and no clouds are present. Drakes are up in Aspen at this point, with the early evenings until dark being the prime time. PMDs are being seen from Catherine Store on up, with excellent rusty spinner falls in the evenings. As with the Pan, nymphing rusty spinners in the morning hours can be lights out! Heavy caddis hatches are coming off, egglayers in the evening hours are the ticket. Stones are hatching here and there, and the cat pooh in brown or olive produces well. Don’t forget yellow sallies and San Juan worms from Carbondale down.

Hot Flies: 20-Incher 10-12. Tungstone 10-12. Iron Sally 14-16, Prince 14-18, Cat Pooh 6-8, Soft Hackle Hares Ear 16, Z-Wing Caddis 16-18, Z-Wing Caddis 16-18, 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, Glass Bead PMD 18, RIP PMD 18, Later Skater Caddis 14-16, Stimulators 10-16, Peacock Caddis 14-16.

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

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