Local Fishing Report
Flow: 115 cfs
Short and Sweet: The Pan is the best bet in the valley this week, as the flows are nearly unaffected by runoff (It has rained every day this past week, adding some color to the middle and lower river…) and hatches are rock solid. With the cooler weather we have been experiencing, BWOs are still hatching more heavily on the lower and warmer sections of the river. BWOs are being seen in handfuls in the upper reaches, but midges are still the name of the game up top. Mysis are spilling out of the dam in prolific numbers, these little morsels are being eaten even two miles below the dam at this point. The streamer bite has been superb on the cloudier days and after the sun goes behind the mountains, carry black, olive and white streamers on the small side. Midging is still best on long leaders tapered to 7x, BWOs on the middle and lower river do fine on 6x. 5 and 6x is the name of the game on nymphing rigs. We suggest embracing the middle and lower Fryingpan right now, due to warmer air temps and more complex hatches. Don’t forget the San Juan Worms, stonefly nymphs and eggs when approaching this section of the river.
Dries: Bill’s midge Emerger 20-22, Foam Top RS2 20-22, Hatching Midge 20-22, Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, Morgans Parachute Midge 20-22, BWO No-Hackle 20-22, Collett’s BWO Dry 20-22, Roy’s Fryingpan Emerger 20-22
Nymphs: Plain Prince Nymph 20, Sparklewing RS2 20-22, Pandemic BWO 20-22, Black RS2 18-22, Biot Midge Emerger 20-22, Epoxy Mysis Shrimp 16-18, Tungsten Hoover Baetis 20-22, Bling Midge 20-24, Tim Heng’s Mysis 16-18, Top Secret Midge 20-24, Oregon Cheese and Fire Orange Hot Tail Egg 12-14, Pheasant Tail 18-24, San Juan Worm 10
Streamers: Slumpbuster 6-8, Autumn Splendor 10, Sands Stinging Sculpin 6-8
Roaring Fork River
Flow: 198 cfs below Maroon Creek; 302 cfs in Emma; and 760 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Rating: 7/10 above Carbondale; 6/10 below Carbondale
Short and Sweet: The upper Roaring Fork will fish better this week than the lower, due to clearer water conditions. Caddis are hatching from Glenwood all the way through Basalt, and should get even heavier with these 70-degree days we expect in the coming weeks. Stones are on the move, and BWOs are still hatching daily in the afternoons. The streamer bite has been ridiculously good, tandem black and white streamers are the ticket lately. Floats are on a day-by-day basis right now, depending on flows and how much mud the Crystal pushes into the lower river. Raft floats above Carbondale are doable, be aware that some lines have changed due to ice dam breakage this past winter. The caddis took a bit of a sabbatical this past week due to cooler temps, but they should get right back in gear with the balmy weather we expect this and next week.
Dries: Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, EC Caddis 16-18, Ethawing Caddis 16-18, Bill’s Midge Emerger 20-22, Morgans Parachute Midge 18-22, Collett’s BWO, Griffith’s Gnat 18-22
Nymphs: Barr’s Graphic Caddis 16-18, Biot Baetis Emerger 20-22, Twenty Incher 12-14, Cat Poop 8-12, Beaded Prince 16-18, B.O.B. Knights 18-22, Chocolate Thunder 18-22, Eggs 14-18, San Juan Worm 10, Juju Baetis 18-22, TC Red Midge 18-20, Ultra-bling RS2 18-20, Freestone Emerger 20-22, STD Dark and Pheasant Tail 18-20, Rainbow Warrior 18-20, Sparklewing RS2 18-20
Streamers: Sculpzilla 8, Zoo Cougar 6-8, Slumpbuster 6-8, Autumn Splendor 6-8
Flow: 300 above Carbondale
Short and Sweet: At this point, the Crystal is high and muddy and will stay that way for a few weeks. We suggest heading up the Fryingpan.
Dries: Collett’s BWO 18-20, BDE 18-20, Parachute Adams 18-20, Sprout Midge 22, Bill’s Midge Emerger 22
Nymphs: Copper John 18, Pheasant Tail 16-18, Hare’s Ear 16, San Juan Worm 10-12, Biot Baetis Emerger 18-22, RS2 20, Swiss Straw Emerger 16-18
Flow: 2957 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Rating: 4/10 Don’t hesitate to call us up for real-time information, 970 927 4374
Short and Sweet: The Collie is too high and muddy this week to consider fishing, we expect this to remain the case for the next few weeks. The beauty of this valley is that when one door closes, another always opens, and the caddis are hatching now on the Roaring Fork in comparable numbers that were coming off on the Colorado a few weeks ago.
Dries: Idyl’s Adult Midge, Fryingpan Emerger 18-20, Engle’s Emergent Midge 16-22, Hi-Vis Griffith’s Gnat 18-22
Nymphs: Swiss Straw Emerger 16-18, Flashtail Hot Egg 12-16, Cat Poop 6-8, D-Midge 18-20, Jujubee Midge 16-20, 20 Incher 10-12, Beaded Prince 16-18, TC Red Midge Larvae 16-20, BLM 18-20, Freestone Emerger 18-20, D Midge 18-20, Biot Midge Emerger 18-22, STD Dark 16-18
Streamers: Sands Stinging Sculpin 8, Stott’s Ziwi 6, Stott’s Sacrilege 6, Autumn Splendor 8-10, Sculpzilla 6-8
— This report 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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