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Fishing Report

Flow- 43 cfs

Rating- 8 out of 10

Short and Sweet: If you are a dry fly junkie, this is your time to be checking out the Fryingpan! Midges are the main entree, and fish are rising to them from 10 am until dark. 7x is the way to go with dries, 6x will suffice for nymphing. As a general rule, the farther you are from the dam, you can get away with increasingly heavier tippets. Fish eating dries will require some stealth on your part, try down-stream presentations and LONG leaders, keeping your fly line well away from the fish. The toilet bowl is fishing again after some dam work, those fish aren’t being bashful this week and some larger fish are cruising the flats too. Nymphing rigs should have small eggs, black RS2s, mysis and red midge larvae imitations. Even mile markers near the top are fishing best (8, 10, 12) early in the day, then transition to the middle and lower in the afternoons for even more rising fish. Streamers are not quite on the menu yet, but you never know!

Appropriate Patterns:

Dries: Bill’s midge Emerger 20-22, Foam Top RS2 20-22, Hatching Midge 20-22, Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, Morgans Parachute Midge 20-22, BWO No-Hackle 20-22, Collett’s BWO Dry 20-22, Roy’s Fryingpan Emerger 20-22

Nymphs: Plain Prince Nymph 20, Sparklewing RS2 20-22, Pandemic BWO 20-22, Black RS2 18-22, Biot Midge Emerger 20-22, Epoxy Mysis Shrimp 16-18, Tungsten Hoover Baetis 20-22, Bling Midge 20-24, Tim Heng’s Mysis 16-18, Top Secret Midge 20-24, Oregon Cheese and Fire Orange Hot Tail Egg 12-14, Pheasant Tail 18-24

Flow- 77 cfs below Maroon Creek, 176 cfs in Emma, and 350 cfs in Glenwood Springs

Rating- 6 out of 10 above Basalt, 7 out of 10 below Basalt

Short and Sweet: Oh, how we love the Fork. These fish are seriously hungry and a wide assortment of flies are working well. Carry light colors of stonefly nymphs, beaded and plain Princes, yellow, chartreuse, and white eggs, and don’t leave home without the gray Sparklewing RS2s. If it’s dry flies you’re after, be in and around Glenwood from noon until 3 or 4 for a killer BWO hatch. Nymphing is very good valley-wide at the moment, be sure to probe and investigate all deeper pools, tail ends of riffles, and undercut banks before moving on. Lead with a stonefly nymph,or play around with egg colors until you find what they want, and put that RS2 on behind the lead fly. Streamers are still a little iffy, you’ll have better luck down-valley with the big flies. Floats are good right now, use the appropriate boat for the lower water we are still experiencing. Be aware of spawning closures at 3 and 4 Mile Creek confluences.

Appropriate Patterns:

Dries: Bill’s Midge Emerger 20-22, Morgans Parachute Midge 18-22, Collett’s BWO, Griffith’s Gnat 18-22

Nymphs: 20 Incher 12-14, Cat Poop 8-12, Beaded Prince 16-18, B.O.B. Knights 18-22, Chocolate Thunder 18-22, Eggs 14-18, San Juan Worm 10, Juju Baetis 18-22, TC Red Midge 18-20, Ultra-bling RS2 18-20, Freestone Emerger 20-22, STD Dark and Pheasant Tail 18-20, Rainbow Warrior 18-20, Sparklewing RS2 18-20

Flow- 1090 cfs in Glenwood Springs

Rating: 8 out of 10

Short and Sweet: The Collie is fishing extremely well this week, and has for a good while now. Walk and wade above Glenwood for some solitude, or hop in a river limo and float some of the lower sections! Check in with local fly shops if you are headed to the river and they can give you real-time information on clarity and flows which seemingly are changing daily. Floating this river is optimal, although wading spots are still fairly plentiful. Midges are coming off from noon until near-dark, with sizes varying from #16 to #20. Most fish are being caught on stonefly nymphs, smaller beaded princes, BWO emergers and various midge patterns. Fish will primarily be found in the deeper pits, near the bottom, centerlined. This changes as the day progresses and the hatches intensify, bringing the fish into the softer pocket water and below riffles. Glenwood to Rifle is the best area to check out; it’s still dark and cooler in the canyon above Glenwood. Wading spots will be found in South Canyon, Two Rivers, and the Dino boat ramp. Be aware of spawning closures at Grizzly Creek and Canyon Creek.

Appropriate Patterns:

Dries: Idyl’s Adult Midge, Fryingpan Emerger 18-20, Engle’s Emergent Midge 16-22, Hi-Vis Griffith’s Gnat 18-22

Nymphs: Flashtail Hot Egg 12-16, Cat Poop 6-8, D-Midge 18-20, Jujubee Midge 16-20, 20 Incher 10-12, Beaded Prince 16-18, TC Red Midge Larvae 16-20, BLM 18-20, Freestone Emerger 18-20, D Midge 18-20, Biot Midge Emerger 18-22, STD Dark 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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