Weekly Fishing Report
– Area overview: While local rivers continue to run high, they are showing some positive signs. Fishing is really starting to pick up, especially along the banks in the slack water and large pockets. We’ve had reports of many overturned boats during the past two weeks, so floaters should take extra caution during the high water conditions. Low bridges, fallen trees, debris, etc. are all possible. Give yourself extra distance to maneuver, as the river is moving very quickly. On another positive note, many of the high country lakes have become accessible. (See section below for more details.)
– Roaring Fork River: Flows remain high, but the Fork is becoming increasingly well to fish. The best fishing is in any slack water along the edges. Try larger nymphs that are dark and flashy. Maybe a No. 8 or No. 10 Bead Prince nymph or a Speculator.
– Frying Pan River: The ‘Pan is running a little high still, but a few of the famous summertime hatches are starting. Best fishing is above the four-mile marker. The Pale Morning Duns are going strong in the 4-10 mile reach. Size 16 and 18 Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears, Angel Case PMD and PMD Comparaduns are the flies of choice. No. 16-20 Reid’s Ultra Mysis and Sands’ Epoxy Mysis Shrimp patterns are working well just below the dam. For a change, try stripping streamers across and/or downstream in the lower sections (4-10 mile) of the Frying Pan.
– Colorado River: While apparently high and discolored, the Colorado is fishing okay along the edges. Large Caddis, Green Drakes and Stoneflies in all phases (nymph, emerger and dry) have been productive. Old school fishermen are doing well swinging large Flash Kings and Rio Grand Kings along the banks.
– Crystal River: The Crystal fishes best after it drops and clears. Look for positive reports on the Crystal starting in late July or early August.
– Eagle River: A very good post run-off river, the Eagle is starting to clear in its upper reaches, but continues to run very high. Upon clearing and warmer water temperatures, look for tremendous caddis hatches from Gypsum, upstream to Vail.
– Stillwater: Ruedi Reservoir, Beaver Lake, Mckee Pond, Lake Christine and other trout lakes have been fishing well depending on the stocking schedule. No. 10-14 Parachute Adams and Callibaetis are a good bet for dry flies, while small beadhead patterns are doing the trick underneath. Some of the high country lake reports are coming in and the fishing seems to be generally good. Try a small Parachute Adams or Ant Patterns for rising fish and Scuds, Beadheads, Brown Hackle Peacocks and Aggravators for sub-surface flies.
Fishing reports courtesy of Roaring Fork Anglers
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