Weekly Fishing Report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
– Area Overview: All rivers are still running high and off color. Fishing is poor to fair along the edges in the slowest water you can find. This week’s best bet for fishing is the Frying Pan tailwater below Ruedi Reservoir or some of the lakes and ponds in the surrounding area. 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.
– Roaring Fork River: The water levels have peaked, but the flows remain high due to the warm weather. 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 on the high side and a little dirty. The best fishing is above the 4-mile marker with No. 18-20 Blue Winged Olive patterns (nymphs, emergers and dries). 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 (miles 4-10) of the Frying Pan.
– Colorado River: High and off color below the Roaring Fork, but it has peaked. We have seen a slight color improvement above the confluence with the ‘Fork. The first fishable water may appear in Glenwood Canyon. Expect to see Caddis if you venture into the canyon. High flows will continue to make floating/wading problematic. However, as the river continues to fall, it can clear quickly. Fish will be on the edges feeding when it clears, and rock hopping with a dry dropper rig can be awesome.
– 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: The low-lying reservoirs like Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap have been producing. Crappie, bass, bluegill and northern pike are all on the bite. The best hours to fish are 2 to 10 p.m. Try No. 6-10 Wooly Buggers and Bead Head nymphs for the panfish and larger Wooly Buggers and baitfish patterns for the pike.
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 bead head patterns are doing the trick underneath.
High country lake reports are spotty because of limited accessibility.
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