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Fishing Report

Flow: 1,420 cfs in Glenwood Springs

Short and Sweet: The Colorado is still on fire. Floats are the way to go, but there are plenty of wading opportunities in Glenwood and down through South Canyon. The streamer bite has been top-notch, but most fish are eating stones, worms and baetis representations. Center lining the river down deep is producing most of the hookups, but some of the pockets and riffles are holding fish, too.

Hot Flies: Freestone emerger 20-22, 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, later skater caddis 14-16, flag dun PMD 16-18, zombie apocalypse, sex dungeon, gallops peanuts, Stott’s ziwi, sculpzillas.

Flow: 50 cfs at Fish Hatchery Bridge in Carbondale

Short and Sweet: The Crystal River is a spectacular place to spend a fall day. Hatches are still pretty heavy, with caddis and baetis being the most prevalent. The streamer bite has been good early in the day, and eggs are taking quite a few fish all day long. The RVR, Staircase and below Redstone are your best bets for finding hungry trout and whitefish.

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, RIP PMD18, swiss straw emerger 16-18, PMD halfback 16-18, cat pooh 6-8.

Flow: 50 cfs below Ruedi Reservoir

Short and Sweet: The Fryingpan has been lowered yet again down to 50 cfs, but it sure hasn’t affected the fishing. Dry hatches are still prolific, with the main attractions still being baetis and caddis. Green drakes are still sputtering in the upper miles of the river, and midges are the ticket early and late in the day. PMDs are still around, but we don’t expect to see them for much longer. The streamer bite has been excellent in the early and late hours, black slumpbusters are sticking a bunch of fish. Eggs are starting to come back in to play as well!

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, gray 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, black slumpbuster 8, flashtail eggs 16-18.

Flow: 31 cfs in Aspen, 114 cfs in Jaffe Park, 201 cfs in Basalt, 357 cfs in Glenwood Springs

Short and Sweet: The baetis hatches have been very strong from Basalt down through Glenwood. Caddis, midges, eggs, stones and streamers are all catching fish this week, too. The Fork has been a little slow to wake up in the early hours, but by noon or so the fishing has picked up significantly. With the dropping water levels, the trout have been congregating in the deeper runs and pools. Rusty spinners are being seen down in Glenwood around 11 a.m., and don’t forget the streamer box for the afternoons!

Hot Flies: 0live cat pooh 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, 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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