Weekly Fishing Report
Overview: Fall fishing is barely starting to settle in with cool nighttime temperatures and shorter days. Brown trout will start getting fairly aggressive and territorial in the coming weeks making for some excellent streamer fishing on most area streams and rivers.
Roaring Fork River: As the summer insect hatches dwindle, look for some classic fall action with Blue-Winged Olives, Red Quills, Caddis and Hoppers. Best nymphs are: No.12-18 Copper John (red or copper), No.16-20 Pheasant Tail, No.12-20 Princes and The Fly F.K.A. Prince. For Streamers try Bombers, Autumn Splendors, Meerkats and Black and Blue Buggers.
Frying Pan River: BWO’s are going strong top to bottom. Nymphing seems to be taking the biggest fish. Size 18 and 20 Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears, Barr emergers, BLM, El Dub and RS2, BWO Comparaduns and Olive quills. For tough rising fish, try floating a nymph in the film. 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: Red Quills, Golden Stones, and Hoppers have been productive when the river is clear. Streamers have been great on cloudy days. Best streamers are Black Bombers, Near Nuff Sculpins, Ziwi, Clarkslobber, Sasquatch and autumn Splendors.
Crystal River: The Crystal is fishing great with No.10-16 Hoppers, Stimulators, Royal Wulffs, Parachute Adams and Trudes. Standard Beadhead nymphs like Princes, Hare’s Ears, Enigma, Pheasant Tails, and Copper Johns have been excellent droppers.
Eagle River: Fishing is fair to excellent. No.12-16 Caddis dries and wets are a good bet, along with No.8-12 Stonefly Nymphs. Blue-Winged Olives are starting to show up.
Stillwater: Fishing the area lakes is either hot or cold this time of year. Standard dries like Adams, Mosquito, Ants and Griffith Gnats in smaller sizes are good for rising fish, while small Wooly Buggers, Bead headed nymphs, Soft Hackles and in some lakes Scuds should do the trick beneath the surface. A fall sleeper is Northern Pike. Northerns put on a big feed in the Fall in preparation for Winter. Try large baitfish patterns at Harvey Gap and Rifle Gap until the ice forms.
Courtesy of Roaring Fork Anglers
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