Fishing Report |

Fishing Report

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Taylor Creek Fly Shop Contributed photoA sculpin hanging out of the mouth of a hungry brown trout on the Roaring Fork.

Flow: 1,980 cfs in Glenwood Springs

Short and Sweet: The Colorado is fishing very well this week. Our staff has been all over it, and we are having some incredible fishing days. For you floaters, cat poohs, San Juan worms and princes are the hot flies, and the same goes for the wade fishermen. Two Rivers and South Canyon offer the best wades right now, with plenty of whitefish, browns, bows and the occasional carp tightening lines. There’s been a ton of rain the last few days, so if you’re iffy about when and where to float the Colorado, just give us a call at Taylor Creek and we will let you know what’s happening on that given day.

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 hares 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: 99 cfs at Fish Hatchery Bridge in Carbondale

Short and Sweet: The Crystal River is pretty muddy at the time of this writing, as it’s been raining pretty heavily up there of late. The Crystal always bounces back quickly, so we can still suggest you go check it out. Caddis are the heaviest hatch, though PMDs, baetis and midges are being seen on most days as well. Stonefly nymphs are always a good idea for the Crystal, especially as a point fly on a nymphing rig. Whitefish just can’t resist a beaded prince or pheasant tail most of the time!

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: 247 cfs below Ruedi Reservoir

Short and Sweet: Green drakes and PMDs are our bread and butter this week, with hatches happening for both bugs river-wide. We are still seeing baetis and midges in the upper stretches until noon or so, while the drakes are being seen from noon until 3 or 4 p.m. at the latest, and PMDs from 11 until 3 p.m. or so. Caddis and rusty spinners are the ticket in the afternoons until dark. On the cooler days, the spinner fall can occur the NEXT morning. Don’t forget the streamers early and late in the day. Will and Tim’s mysis patterns for the top stretch are always a good idea, especially when flows are bumped up again like they are today!

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: 44 cfs in Aspen, 88 cfs in Jaffe Park, 330 cfs in Basalt, 566 cfs in Glenwood Springs

Short and Sweet: The Roaring Fork is still on the low-water side (at the time of this writing, it’s off-color due to heavy rains and mudslides overnight), but it is fishing incredibly well. Warm-water-temperature worries are now a thing of the past and the fishing has been top-notch. White streamers are the ticket when the sun is low, San Juan worms catch most fish right now. Heavy caddis hatches are still the name of the game, PMDs and craneflies are being seen here and there as well. Check out Catherine Store, Two Rivers and the Dart Access (you need to sign in at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in person to access this stretch).

Hot Flies: 20-incher 10-12, tungstone 10-12, iron sally 14-16, prince 14-18, cat pooh 6-8, soft hackle hare’s ear 16, 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

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