Local Fishing Report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Flow: 111 cfs
Short and Sweet: Dries, nymphs and streamers – you name it, you can fish it on the Pan. Great hatches of midges early, mixed with beatis in the afternoons and caddis in the evenings makes for some outstanding dry fly fishing daily. Overcast days are yielding ridiculous numbers of rising fish. During non-hatch periods, the nymph fishing has been solid as always. All in all, the same techniques and hatches as the upper river still apply down here. Again, for those who like streamers and caddis, this is the best piece of water. The sweet spot for the best fishing has generally been taking place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This time frame coincides with BWO hatch. Midges are available in good numbers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as lighter numbers of caddis on the water beyond 3 p.m.
Hot Flies: Bill’s Midge Emerger 20-22, Transitional Midge 20-22, Sparkledun BWO 20-22, Flag Dun BWO 20-22, Foam Top RS2s 20-22, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Peacock Caddis 16-18, PTs 20-24, Sparklewing RS2s 20-22, BTS Beatis 20-22, Pandemic BWO 20-22, Motown Mysis 16-18, Tung Hoover Beatis 20-22.
Flow: 94 cfs in Aspen, 459 cfs below Maroon Creek, 613 cfs in Basalt, 1,270 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: Gin-clear water and fishing great! Best fishing times will be between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Look for beatis and stoneflies hatching midday and light caddis hatches in the evening hours. Nymphing is certainly the name of the game overall, but the hatches are increasing daily. Covering water and having a good presentation are paramount to success. Look for the BWOs to slowly taper off throughout the month as the caddis and stones become more dominate. As the water levels continue to slowly rise, the fish are transitioning into the softer pockets of water. This is especially key info for dry fly anglers.
Hot Flies: Ultra-Bling RS-2 20-22, B.O.B. Knight’s 20-22, 20 incher 10-14, Tungstone 10-12, Iron Sally 14-16, Prince 14-18, Hare’s Ear 14-18, Freestone Emerger 20-22, Z-Wing Caddis 16-18, Diamond Caddis 16-18, Stimis 14-18, Peacock Caddis 14-16, Collett’s Para. BWO 18-22, Flag Dun 18-22 Sparkle Dun BWO 20-22, Sacrilege’s 6, Stingin’ Sculpins 8, Stingin’ Clousers 8.
Flow: 3,230 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: One of the advantages of a lower-than-average snowpack is the killer spring and early summer fishing. What a treat it is for us to be fishing on the “Big Muddy” right now! Stop what you’re doing, take a day or two off and hop in a drift boat or raft. Good numbers of caddis and stoneflies daily, bwo hatches on overcast days and good streamer fishing in the mornings to boot. Anglers will want to focus on fishing the faster pieces of water (pocket water and riffles) during the afternoon hours. This is the time of day for dry/dropper or shallow nymph rigs. Think foam caddis or stonefly dries with caddis nymphs and emergers as droppers. Early and late in the day cover the deep pools and seams being sure that your flies are bouncing along the bottom.
Hot Flies: Cat Pooh 6-8, 20 incher 10-12, Prince 10-16, Golden Tungstone 10-12, Rainbow Warrior 18-20, Tungsten Ready Baetis 20, Tungsten Soft Hackle (Gray) 18-20, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Soft Hackle Peacocks and Hares Ears 14-16, Peacock Caddis 14-16, Yellow Humpy 14-16, Later Skater Caddis 14-16, Triple Decker Stones 6-8, In-the-Zone Golden Stones 10, Flag Dun 18-22, Collett’s Para BWO 18-22, Zombie Apocolypse 4, Sex Dungeon 4, Gallops Peanuts 4.
Flow: 493 cfs above Carbondale
Short and Sweet: The Crystal River has been fishing only decent as of late. Now that we are experiencing warmer weather, the flows have increased and the water visibility will slowly drop with snow melt. Think big buggy flies with flash to get the fishes’ attention. Fishing the soft (slow) water is key on the Crystal right now. The best fishing has been above Redstone where the clarity and volume of the river is more conducive to fishing.
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, Royal Wulff 10-16.
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.
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