Colorado: CFS 5,050. (Glenwood Springs to Rifle). Spring conditions will make it very hard to fish.
Roaring Fork (lower): (Carbondale to GWS) CFS 1,650. Spring conditions will make it very hard to fish.
Roaring Fork (middle): (Basalt to Carbondale): CFS 658. Flies to use: buck skins (14-18), pheasant tails (14-18), beatis emergers (14-18), disco midge (14-18), prince nymph (14-18), 20-incher (14-18), peacock stonefly nymphs (8-12), zebra midge (14-18) wd-40s (18-22), fka prince nymph (12-16), green copper john (10-14) Hints: Look for caddis and beatis hatches, with fish holding very close to shore line. Streamer fishing has been excellent, both wading and floating. Water is off-color.
Roaring Fork (upper) (Aspen to Basalt): CFS 487. Flies to use: buck skins (14-18), pheasant tails (14-18), beatis emergers (14-18), disco midge (14-18), prince nymph (14-18), 20-incher (14-18) wd-40s (18-22), peeking caddis (14-18). Hints: Look for fish in the deep slow holes where there is lots of sunshine, with beatis and midge hatches occurring in the warmer part of the day. Be careful for rainbows are still spawning in upper Fork region.
Crystal: CFS 1,090. Springlike conditions will make fishing difficult due to clarity.
Frying Pan: CFS 139. Flies to use: Bill’s Midge Emerge (18-22), Bill’s Midge Adult (18-22), Hatching Midges and Sprout Midges (18-22), Jujubees (18-22), Red TC Midge (18-22), Johnny Flashes (18-22), Desert Storms (18-22), Drew’s mysis shrimp (16-20), RS2s and Black BLMs, zebra midge of various colors (16-22), gray and olive RS2s (18-22), bwo dries (18-24). Hints: Flows are up, and water has been switched to other output, making fishing very good with very little crowding.
Other considerations: This weekend, creeks reopen for fishing. Please respect the fact that fish may still be spawning or will be overly tired from spawning. These fish our are future. Treat them that way. Other questions: contact http://www.fliesinflight.com or (970) 319-8888.
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