Attention to detail |

Attention to detail

A beautiful Roaring Fork rainbow trout.
Chris Kish / Special to the Post Independent |

In fly fishing, it’s often the smallest of details that will make the difference between having a successful day on the water and having a frustrating day on the water.

As we approach late summer fishing conditions, the river levels continue to drop and the water clears up, making stealth equally as important as “having the right fly”.

Complex or multiple hatches are also prevalent each day.

By that we are referring to seeing multiple insect species hatch throughout the day, often overlapping each other.

Due to the clear, low water, light tippets are often necessary.

When approaching the water, walk softly and quietly to avoid spooking fish.

Often times, fish can be found feeding right along the shore or bank.

Patience is a virtue, especially while fly fishing.

Take a moment to just stare at the water. Use your polarized sunglasses to look into the depths, scanning the water and across the river bottom looking for the tell tale signs of fish, whether it’s movement, shape, color, a flash, or a rise.

Relax, study the water, the insects, and the fish and plan your stalk accordingly.

Fly fishing is a very visual experience especially when fishing dry flies.

Seeing a trout slowly and methodically rise to eat your dry fly is what fly fishing for trout is all about.

The Fryingpan River in particular offers the ideal setting to witness this awesome scenario.

In the early morning hours look for fish to rise to midges and rusty spinners.

Find the soft pockets and seams and you’ll find the fish.

Trout want to expend as little energy as possible.

They need to have access to faster stretches of water, as these spots act like conveyer belts of food for the trout.

Afternoon hatches are consisting of BWOs, PMDs, as well as green drakes.

Light fluorocarbon tippets of 6X, and especially 7X, are needed to fool these educated and demanding fish.

Downstream drifts are a huge benefit to being successful.

They enable the fish to see your fly first instead of fly line, leader, tippet and then your fly.

Remember to keep it fun out there!

— 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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