Flow: 1,650 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: The Big Muddy has fished extremely well this past week. Cat poohs and red and natural San Juan worms are almost all you need, but it wouldn’t hurt to carry some princes, pheasant tails, and even RS2s. Many guides with decades of experience in this valley are saying the fishing on the Colorado is some of the best they’ve ever experienced. Streamers produce fish, too, with the sacrilege and Gallup’s peanut being the best bet this week. Drop what you’re doing and head to the Collie!
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, Stimii’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, Gallup’s peanuts, Stott’s ziwi, sculpzillas.
Flow: 65 cfs at Fish Hatchery Bridge in Carbondale
Short and Sweet: The Crystal has been fishing well this week, the lack of mudslides and heavy rain have turned it back to normal and the trout are hungry. Try fishing a red copper John behind a small worm or cat pooh, or throwing a double-dry rig with one caddis and one baetis. The fishing is best between mile markers 47 and 57 and also the Staircase closer to Carbondale. If you’re looking for some solitude and hard fighting fish, head up Highway 133 and fish the Crystal!
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: 219 cfs below Ruedi Reservoir
Short and Sweet: This past week, we’ve seen the strongest green drake hatches of the year. The action has primarily been in the top two public river miles below the dam between noon and 3 p.m. Sparkle duns and various cripple patterns have been the name of the game for fish looking to gorge themselves on these huge naturals. PMDs are still coming off strongly around here, too, with creamy yellows and soft pinks are still the best producing dry colors. Baetis are back with a vengeance also, with your best chances of seeing a few between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. or so.
Hot Flies: Sand’s epoxy mysis 16-18, 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: 44 cfs in Aspen; 88 cfs in Jaffe Park; 295 cfs in Basalt; 531 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: The fish in the Roaring Fork have the feed-bag on this week! Baetis, caddis, stones and especially San Juan worms are the meal ticket, and even a few fish are being caught on white and black streamers. Floats have been spectacular this week, with reports of strong caddis and BWO hatches midday through the early evening. It’s also time to start throwing egg patterns again, as our evenings are getting downright cold and some spawning behavior is being seen in the valley.
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, 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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Over 75,000 hikers visited Hanging Lake during this year’s peak season. Via signage, the city hopes to point more of those hikers also in the direction of downtown Glenwood Springs.