Fishing Report |

Fishing Report

Flow: 1,320 cfs in Glenwood Springs

Short and Sweet: The Colorado is fishing pretty well this week. We had some visibility issues earlier in the week, but it has cleared significantly. Small and dark baetis nymphs like the blacked out baetis or RS2 behind an orange egg are 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. 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: 38 cfs at Fish Hatchery Bridge in Carbondale

Short and Sweet: The Crystal River is seeing some big browns moving in the confluence and up, so it’s a good time to go stick a big one. The lower Crystal is fishing much better than the upper, so 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: 41 cfs below Ruedi Reservoir

Short and Sweet: The Fryingpan has had some pretty darn good hatches this week. Baetis and midges are most prevalent, but we are still seeing the occasional PMD and small dark stones, too. The reservoir is still in the process of turning over, hence the upper miles can be a little frustrating while nymphing. We expect it to clear up soon, but it hasn’t affected the dry fly fishing up there. There are a bunch of spawning beds in the flats, please be kind to the fish on and around them! The middle and lower river is clean and clear, with hatches coming off from noon until 3 p.m. or so.

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, 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: 31 cfs in Aspen, 98 cfs in Jaffe Park, 202 cfs in Basalt, 438 cfs in Glenwood Springs

Short and Sweet: The Roaring Fork has been the best bet in the valley this week. We aren’t seeing many hatches to speak of (besides midges), but the nymphing has been superb. Smaller cat poohs, orange- and Oregon cheese-colored eggs and rainbow warriors are catching bunches of fish. White or black streamers are very effective in the low-light periods also. As we have mentioned in previous weeks, please be cautious on and around spawning beds. Floats are still excellent this week. We’ve been sticking to Carbondale and down and doing very 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, 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, 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

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