Fishing Report |

Fishing Report

Colin Taylor

Colorado: CFS 1840.(Glenwood Springs to Rifle). Spring conditions will make it very hard to fish.

Roaring Fork (lower): (Carbondale to GWS) CFS 1,100. 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 stone fly nymph (12-16), black copper john (14-18),wd-40’s (18-22), , kaufman’s stone fly (8-12), 20 incher (10-16), cdc beatis dry fly, peacock caddis dry fly, and streamers. Hints: The lower Fork is off colored this week, and depending on warm days and the Crystal river conditions may stay off colored. Look to use streamers while looking for fish to occasionally rise to caddis dries and emergers.

Roaring Fork (middle) (Basalt to Carbondale): CFS 658. Flies to use: buckskins (14-18), pheasant tails (14-18), beatis emergers (14-18), discomidge (14-18), prince nymph (14-18), 20 incher (14-18), peacock stonefly nymphs (8-12), zebra midge (14-18) wd-40’s (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.

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-40’s (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 586. Spring-like conditions will make fishing difficult due to clarity.

Fryingpan: CFS 112. 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 (18-22), Drew’s mysis shrimp (16-20) (18-22), Glo Bugs, 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 crowds.

Other considerations: Most of our rainbows are just finishing spawn or have completed their cycle. Please remember when you land rainbows in particular they are still very tired from this. Put back the fish quickly. Be on the lookout for our big caddis hatches to start to kick off our summer season.

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