Local Fishing Report
Fryingpan River — 141 cfs below Ruedi Reservoir. The Fryingpan River is in the midst of change as the larger insects of summer are slowly being replaced with the smaller and more numerous blue-winged olive mayflies and midges. Green drakes and PMDs are still being seen in the upper four miles below the dam. Look for the best fishing to take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Peak fall foliage makes for spectacular backdrops amongst the spectacular fishing. The dry fly fishing has still been solid, with the streamer fishing picking up daily.
Roaring Fork River — 225 cfs below Maroon Creek; 472 cfs in Basalt; and 781 cfs in Glenwood Springs. Gone are the dog-days of late summer, as cooler water temperatures put the fish on the feed again. Early morning streamer blitzes have been improving weekly for adventurous floating anglers. Look for the fish to hold near the banks during periods of overcast, while bright sun will put the fish in the deeper seams and pools. Small and dark baetis nymphs in sizes 18-20 are best. Some sporadic rising fish are being seen eating BWOs and caddis during the afternoons into the early evenings. The wade fishing from Aspen to Basalt has been very good as of late, too.
Colorado River — 1,970 cfs in Glenwood Springs. Though still far from ideal water conditions, the Colorado is finally beginning to clear and become fishable. Conditions can change daily, so check the water clarity first before making the commitment. Look for streamers, San Juan worms, rubberleggs and baetis nymphs to be your bread and butter fly patterns.
Crystal River — 182 cfs above Carbondale. The Crystal is again clear enough to fish. The best fishing has been along the middle to upper stretches of river from Redstone to Marble. Small, generic beadhead attractor nymph patterns have been fishing best. Look for the best dry fly fishing to consist of hoppers and caddis along the pockets and banks.
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 taylorcreek.com.
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