Local Fishing Report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Flow: 44 cfs
Short and Sweet: Spring is definitely in full swing up Fryingpan way right now. There are spawning rainbows throughout – please be kind to these vulnerable fish. Midges are pouring off with the cloudy and warm days we’ve been experiencing, most days from 10 a.m. until dark. BWOs are here and there, but stronger numbers are still a week or so away. Caddis are hatching on the lower river just before dark, and you’ll see more BWOs the closer you get to the confluence. Dries are the same as usual, small and on long leaders tapered down to 7x. Nymphing rigs should be light and short, utilizing mysis, eggs, baetis nymphs, and midge emergers. Streamers are sticking tons of fish in the afternoons on the upper river, bring an olive slumpbuster in size 8.
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
Streamers: Slumpbuster 6-8, autumn splendor 10, Sand’s stinging sculpin 6-8
Flow: 91 cfs below Maroon Creek, 204 cfs in Emma, and 398 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: BWOs are coming off in huge numbers river wide this week. The Fork is fishing a little better above the Crystal confluence than below this week. 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 at your favorite spot from noon until 3 or 4 p.m. 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 starting to turn some fish, you’ll have better luck downvalley 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.
Dries: Bill’s midge emerger 20-22, Morgan’s parachute midge 18-22, Collett’s BWO, Griffith’s gnat 18-22
Nymphs: Biot baetis emerger 20-22, 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
Streamers: Sculpzilla 8, zoo cougar 6-8, slumpbuster 6-8, autumn splendor 6-8
Flow: 116 above Carbondale
Short and Sweet: Check out the Crystal if you don’t want to see another angler all day. Flows are a bit twitchy with snowmelt and a good rainstorm every now and then up on McClure Pass, so be prepared for off-colored water here and there. The Staircase is whitefish nirvana right now, and fishing is good at RVR as well. You’ll see a mixed bag of baetis and midges, with good dry fly action mid-day. The farther you drive up 133, the better it gets most days.
Dries: Collett’s BWO 18-20, BDE 18-20, parachute Adams 18-20, sprout midge 22, Bill’s midge emerger 22
Nymphs: Copper John 18, pheasant tail 16-18, hare’s ear 16, San Juan worm 10-12, biot baetis emerger 18-22, RS2 20, Swiss straw emerger 16-18
Flow: 1240 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: Baetis are pouring off on the Colorado this week. March browns (huge mayflies) are flapping around in light numbers too, hopefully stronger hatches of these big bugs aren’t far away. And caddis aren’t far behind, folks. 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.
Dries: Idyl’s adult midge, Fryingpan emerger 18-20, Engle’s emergent midge 16-22, hi-vis Griffith’s gnat 18-22
Nymphs: Swiss straw emerger 16-18, 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 taylorcreek.com.
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Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon closed around 9 p.m. Thursday for a flash flood warning.