Weekly Fishing Report | PostIndependent.com

Weekly Fishing Report

Overview: It’s mid summer and many of the area rivers are in perfect shape. Heavy rainstorms have caused some discoloration on most rivers and conditions remain day to day. Hot sunny afternoons can slow the fishing down during the hottest part of the day. High mountain lakes and creeks are a great place to cool off.

Roaring Fork River: The Famous Green Drake hatch has moved upstream to Aspen. Caddis are hatching river wide, and we have received some reports of golden stones hatching. The dry fly action at dark is very good, otherwise try smaller nymphs such as a No.12-18 Red Copper John, Beadhead Pheasant Tail, EL Dub or a Blood Prince. Caddis pupa and streamers are also a good bet.

Frying Pan River: Green Drakes in full swing on The Pan. Flows are 225 cubic feet/second. Best fishing is above the four-mile marker. Drakes seem to be up to the 10-mile marker and Pale Morning Duns are going strong in the 4-12 mile reach. Size 16 and 18 Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears, Angel Case PMD and PMD Comparaduns and also No. 10 Green Drake Nymphs 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: Water clarity is day to day. Check with your local fly shop as muddy water can come from many places. Caddisflies, PMDs and Stoneflies in all phases (nymph, emerger and dry) have been productive when the river is clear. Big wet flies like Lebugs, Flash Kings and LaFontaine Sparkle Pupa are working very well, too.

Crystal River: Finally the crystal is fishing well. Attractor style nymphs and dries are the most productive. The key to the Crystal now is find slower water that is knee deep or deeper for nymphs or try large attractor dry flies in riffles and pockets.

Eagle River: Fishing is very good, however, water clarity is day to day. No. 12-16 Caddis dries and wets are a good bet, along with No. 8-12 Stonefly Nymphs.

Stillwater: Its high country time! Take a break from the heat, and fish an alpine lake or stream. There many to choose from. Good reports are coming out of Trappers and the surrounding lakes. No. 10-14 Parachute Adams and Callibaetis are a good bet for dry flies, while small beadhead patterns are doing the trick underneath. The larger, lower-lying lakes and reservoirs have warmed up and the fish are starting to go to deeper water. Fishing on these lakes is best during the morning and evening hours.

Fishing reports courtesy of Roaring Fork Anglers

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