Get fishing, runoff is on its way
On The Fly
Extended fishing opportunities abound this week and anglers should take advantage.
Generally, at this time of the month the Roaring Fork should be in the beginning stages of runoff, especially below the confluence of the Crystal River.
However, a cool day or two this past week has slowed snow melt and we are still experiencing some very good fishing that would not normally be available to us.
Thus anglers have the choice to still fish the upper “Fork” for a bit longer, and because of the Caddis hatch, fishing has been very good.
This week the hatch often referred to as the “Mother’s Day” caddis has been in full swing.
Many years we are unable to fish this hatch on the Roaring Fork because the river is already too high and muddy as a result of runoff.
Since the weather has delayed this a bit, anglers can still take advantage of some superb nymph fishing and very good caddis dry-fly fishing, likely through the weekend.
With warmer weather predicted, this window is not going to last for too much longer.
Currently, the hatch is densest between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, but large numbers of caddis are still being seen up to Basalt (where the water is significantly clearer).
We often talk about our valley’s hatches as moving upvalley and this is a result of water temperatures.
Hatches begin as a result of warming water temperatures, and since downvalley weather warms earlier, the hatches begin in Glenwood and progress upvalley throughout the season — depending on what insect hatch is taking place.
This week, focus primarily on caddis imitations, but be sure to have a few stoneflies and blue-winged olives as well.
The hot caddis nymph or pupa patterns this week are the yuba pupa, nuclear caddis, Z-wing caddis and peacock soft hackle.
Caddis dries that have been producing well are the medallion caddis, E/C caddis and peacock caddis.
Also, be sure to have a few Pat’s rubber-legged stones, golden wired stones and pandemic BWO’s and BLM’s to round out the bug quiver.
— This column is provided every week by Taylor Creeks Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at 970-927-4374 or taylorcreek.com.
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