Weekly Fishing Report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Overview: As summer wears on, most of the rivers and creeks continue to flow at healthy flows. Monsoonal rainstorms can cause some discoloration on most rivers, making it wise to check with your local fly shop after any rainy weather. Summer hatches are beginning to fizzle out, making way for great hopper and streamer action. The Frying Pan River hatches remain strong.
Roaring Fork River: The Famous Green Drake hatch has moved upstream to Aspen. Caddis are hatching river wide, and we have received reports of good dry fly action midday on smaller flies. A hopper dropper rig is really working well on the lower ‘Fork. Otherwise, for nymphs, try No. 10-16 Prince, Twenty Incher, Enigma, Red Copper John, Beadhead Pheasant Tail and Le Bugs. Besides hoppers, other effective dry flies include No. 12-20 Caddis Patterns and Attractors.
Frying Pan River: Green Drakes in full swing on The Pan. 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 and emergers 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 in the morning hours.
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: The Crystal is fishing well with No. 10-16 Stimulators, Royal Wulffs, Parachute Adams and Trudes. Standard nymphs like Hare’s Ears and Pheasant Tails are also a good bet.
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: Lake Christine, Beaver Lake, Ruedi Reservoir, Trappers Lake and Sweetwater Lake have all been fair to good. 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 in deeper water. Fishing on these lakes is best during the morning and evening hours.
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