As rivers recede dry-fly action heats up |

As rivers recede dry-fly action heats up

Will Sands
On The Fly
Photo courtesy of Kara McDuffie
Staff Photo |

Dry-fly fishing is just around the corner.

As an epic spring runoff is beginning to subside, our local waters will begin to clear rapidly.

And as the waters warm up just a bit we will begin to see insect hatches intensify.

These hatches are what many anglers wait all season for — there are few things more exciting than watching a trout appear under your fly and engulf it.

Within the next week or so, anglers can expect to see a variety of different bugs on the water from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and everywhere in between.

Most notably will be the first green drake hatches around Glenwood coupled with pale morning duns and a variety of different caddis.

This explosion of insect activity, after a prolonged period of enduring high, cold and discolored water, drives the local trout into a feeding frenzy.

Many of these hatches along the Roaring Fork River occur throughout the day and into the evening, providing very consistent fishing throughout much of the day.

So regardless of your daily schedule, anglers should be able to take advantage of some great fishing.

As the rivers drop and the waters clear, check with local fly shops as to when and where you can encounter these hatches and where the best fishing will be.

This week, the Fryingpan River has been fishing very well, and flows are dropping steadily.

Anglers have been very successful with Tim’s mysis shrimp, Roy’s mysis, pheasant tails, poxyback baetis, blue-winged olives and biot emergers have all been the flies of choice.

Anglers should focus their efforts on the soft inside seams as fish have been congregating along the softer edges and protected pockets.

— This report is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at (970) 927-4374 or

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