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Fishing Report

Flow – 41 cfs

Rating – 7 out of 10

Short and Sweet – The river has awakened from its winter slumber as open water can now be found throughout. Increasing numbers of midges are hatching daily yielding fairly consistent dry fly activity from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nymphing is productive using egg or mysis shrimp patterns as point flies, with small and dark midge and baetis patterns as droppers. Light tippets of 6x and 7x are mandatory due to the small size of flies being fished. Early in the mornings, look for the best fishing to take place close to the dam, while the middle river will fish best during afternoons.

Appropriate patterns:

Dries: Sparkledun BWO 20-22, flag dun BWO 20-22, Colletts para BWO 20-22, foam top RS2’s 20-22, parachute emerger BWO 20-22, Bill’s midge emerger 20-22, hatching midge 20-22.

Nymphs: PT’s 20-24, sparklewing RS2’s 20-22, black RS2’s 20-22, biot midge emerger 20-22, BTS baetis 20-22, pandemic BWO 20-22, Motown mysis 16-18, epoxy mysis shrimp 18-20, tungsten hoover baetis 20-22, bling midge 20-22, top secret midge 20-22, bead wing midge 20-22.

Flow – 63 cfs (below Maroon Creek), 175 cfs (Emma), and 257 cfs (Glenwood Springs)

Rating – 5 out of 10 above Basalt, 8 out of 10 below Basalt

Short and Sweet – “Fifth Season” is finally here. The fishing has been solid below Basalt during warmer days. Egg and stonefly patterns are the best searching patterns when covering water. Fish your eggs in the soft and deep water while stonefly imitations fish best in shallow and fast pocket water and runs. Many fish are keyed in on smaller midge and baetis patterns, which are best fished below your searching patterns or when fishing to selective trout. Float fishing is again possible below Carbondale but floaters should note that rafts not drift boats, are needed.

Appropriate patterns:

Nymphs: Cat poop stonefly 6-8, 20-incher 12-14, prince 16-18, STD’s 18-20, freestone emerger 20-22, ultra-bling RS2 20-22, jujubaetis 20-22, B.O.B. Knight’s 20-22, tungsten hoovers 20-22, chocolate thunder 20-22, TC red midge larva 18-22, eggs 14-18

Dries: Hatching midge 20-22, Bill’s midge emerger 20-22, hi-viz Griffiths gnat 20-22, Morgans parachute midge 20-22

Flow – 995 cfs in Glenwood Springs

Rating – 7 out of 10

Short and Sweet – Due to the lower elevation, the Colorado River is one of the first rivers to fish well this early in the year. Float fishing the river is again possible and is highly recommended. Midges are beginning to hatch en masse. Rising fish are being seen during late afternoons into the early evenings in select areas. Look for the best fishing to take place from West Glenwood down to Silt. In addition to epic midge hatches this month, egg, stonefly and baetis nymphs will also continue to fish well. Heavier tippets of 4x are needed to land these hyper-aggressive trout.

Appropriate Patterns:

Nymphs: Flashtail hot egg 14-18, 20-incher 10-14, cat poop stonefly 6-8, foam wing RS2 20-22, freestone emerger 20, biot midge emerger 18-22, D-midge 18-20, TC red midge larva 18-20, tungsten hoovers 20, STD baetis 18-20, BLM 18-20

Dries: Engle’s emergent midge 18-22, Morgans midge parachute 20-22, hi-viz Griffiths gnat 20-22, Fryingpan emerger 18-20, Idyl’s midge adult 20

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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