Flow: 1,370 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: The Colorado is back on again this week, folks! Small and dark baetis nymphs like the blacked out baetis or RS2 behind an orange egg is the ticket right now. Most fish are still being located down deep in the center line, so get your rigs long and heavy. Streamers are working well, too, and our favorites are Jeremy Stott’s sacrilege and Barr’s slumpbuster in black or white. Leave the stones and worms at home this week.
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, stimis 14-18, peacock caddis 14-16, later skater caddis 14-16, rainbow warrior 20-22, zombie apocalypse, sex dungeon, Gallop’s peanuts, Stott’s ziwi, sculpzillas.
Flow: 42 cfs at Fish Hatchery Bridge in Carbondale
Short and Sweet: The Crystal River is seeing some big browns moving in the confluence and up, and it’s a good time to go stick a big one. The lower Crystal is fishing much better than the upper; pay attention to the Hatchery, Staircase and the RVR. Eggs trailed by baetis and midge nymphs are the way to go right now. If you enjoy throwing midge dries, be on the Crystal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or so!
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, stimis 12-16, elk hair caddis 14-18, RIP PMD 18, Swiss straw emerger 16-18, PMD halfback 16-18, cat pooh 6-8, flashtail or peg eggs 16-18, jujubee midge 20-22.
Flow: 40 cfs below Ruedi Reservoir
Short and Sweet: The flows have been lowered to 40 cfs this week, and it sounds like the flow will be held there for a while. We are seeing heavy baetis and midge hatches from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and still a mixed bag of PMDs, caddis and small dark stones. Egg patterns are taking fish, be aware of spawners on beds out there. Small dark streamers are a good bet on those cloudy days, or early and late. The fishing has been good up below the dam, so try an egg or Will’s epoxy mysis. Our experience lately has been better fishing in the middle and lower river, as the lake is in the process of “turning over” and the visibility can be poor in the upper miles.
Hot Flies: Sands’ 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, black slumpbuster 8, flashtail eggs 16-18, cat pooh 8.
Flow: 33 cfs in Aspen, 98 cfs in Jaffe Park, 232 cfs in Basalt, 448 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: The Roaring Fork is the best fishing river in the valley right now. It’s also the most vulnerable, with many browns spawning in sections throughout the system. Please be careful not to tread on or above these beds, which are easily noticeable as ultra-clean, gravelly areas just out of the main current. Try to ignore the pairs of trout on these beds. There are plenty of eager eaters in the main current. Small orange eggs and tiny shiny nymphs are the ticket right now, and streamers are a close second. Midge and baetis hatches are being seen midday as well!
Hot Flies: Olive 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, Sands’ 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, orange flashtail egg 16-18.
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.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
The Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit brought together water policy experts, decision makers and more than 100 students from Roaring Fork Valley middle and high schools to learn about and discuss water issues.