Local Fishing Report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Flow: 43 cfs
Short and Sweet: It’s been nice and overcast in Basalt this past week and the Fryingpan is fishing extremely well. We are seeing a few baetis adults buzzing around, but the trout are still primarily interested in midges. Remember, that with daylight savings, the hatches are now an hour later than usual. Good hatches of midges are coming off from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Nymphing will be productive before and after hatches. Nymphs should consist of small eggs, small midge larvae and emergers and baetis nymphs. Keep your rigs light, stealthy and short with tiny indicators. Dry flies should be on 7X, nymphs on 5 and 6X. We highly suggest checking out the stretches below mile marker 12, as these areas have recently opened up. Mile markers 4, 8 and 10 are definitely worth checking out, too. As work on the dam is now taking place, the outflow is now coming out of the back gate instead of the front “Toilet Bowl” gate.
Dries: Bill’s midge emerger 20-22, foam top RS2 20-22, hatching midge 20-22, Fryingpan emerger 20-22, Morgan’s 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: 66 cfs below Maroon Creek; 163 cfs in Emma; and 357 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Rating: 6/10 above Basalt, 7/10 below Basalt
Short and Sweet: The dry-fly fishing has been day to day with overcast days yielding very good numbers of rising fish. Nymphing has been consistent all day long as stoneflies, eggs, princes and midges are all catching fish. Fishing above Basalt is good, but most days it will be 10 degrees warmer just a few miles down the valley. The fish are still primarily in the deeper pits and runs and will also be found in the center channel again. Egg colors should be chartreuse to orange, stones should be blond or champagne. Baetis patterns will produce, as we are seeing handfuls of adults flying around on cloudy days below Carbondale. The float fishing is happening again as flows slowly increase. Rafts are recommended over dories with these lower flows. Floats are generally best from Carbondale on down. We are seeing some BWOs, but not heavy numbers as of yet. Be aware of spawning closures at 3 and 4 Mile Creek confluences.
Dries: Bill’s midge emerger 20-22, Morgan’s 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
Flow: 1120 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: In general, the Colorado River is still the place to be, especially if you want to float fish. 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.
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, 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 http://www.taylorcreek.com.
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