Flow: 1,870 cfs in Glenwood SpringsShort and Sweet: The Colorado River is back! Visibility is still a little challenging, but it tends to clear a bit in the afternoons. Big, feisty fish are being caught on our float trips, and apparently all the mud over the last month and a half hasn’t slowed them down one bit. Streamers ranging from white, rust, black and olive are doing well right now, but you can’t lose with a cat pooh and prince nymph or pheasant tail recently. Wade fishing is an option now in Glenwood and South Canyon also.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, Stimis 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 CarbondaleShort and Sweet: The Crystal River is one of the best kept “secrets” in the Roaring Fork Valley, especially if you don’t want to see another angler all day. Clear water and heavy hatches are the norm this time of year. Expect to see some stoneflies flapping around, PMDs from noon to 3 p.m. or so, and heavy caddis action in the afternoons. Want to catch a big whitefish? Throw on a tungsten-beaded prince nymph in or near the Staircase in Carbondale and watch your indicator zip away through the water. It’s pretty fun.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: 210 cfs below Ruedi ReservoirShort and Sweet: We are seeing some heavy green drake hatches all the way to the top now, with the best chance of catching them between noon and 2 or 3 p.m. Cripple and parachute patterns are producing a lot of fish, and emerger patterns are doing well while nymphing. PMDs are hatching HEAVILY throughout the Fryingpan, the cream-colored duns are closest to size 18, pinks in size 16. Barr’s emerger PMD in size 16 is the ticket for nymphing. Caddis and rusty spinners in the afternoons and early evening are what we are seeing generally.Hot Flies: Sands Epoxy Mysis 16-18, Sparkledun BWO 20-22, Flag Dun BWO 20-22, Colletts 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: 437 cfs in Aspen, 88 cfs in Jaffe Park, 111 cfs in Basalt, 489 cfs in Glenwood SpringsShort and Sweet: The Roaring Fork is seeing strong caddis, PMD and yellow sally hatches, with the best angling action being the early and late parts of the day. Golden stones are still being seen sporadically. Nymphing the above mentioned fly patterns can produce midday also. Streamers in black or olive work well also early and late in the day. Noon to 4 or 5 p.m. has been a little slow on the Roaring Fork, but with these cool evenings we’ve been getting that should turn around soon. Z wing caddis and cat poohs are the ticket right now, and don’t forget the red Copper Johns and San Juan worms.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, San Juan Worm 10-12.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.
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