Local Fishing Report
Flow: 115 CFS
Water Conditions: Gin clear and flowing nicely
Short and Sweet: New hatches abound this week. The Fryingpan now has PMDs hatching in earnest along with BWOs, midges, caddis and stoneflies. On the lower river you will find very healthy caddis hatches mid-day followed by a lightning round of egg-laying females near dark. Stoneflies are also popping off along the lower miles, and big dries are sticking plenty of fish. On the upper reaches, PMD spinners are falling from dawn until 10 or 11 a.m. Bring plenty of rusty spinners to float up high or even sink on a nymph rig. BWOs are still strong river-wide mid-day, sometimes later if it’s really hot. Midges are still going strong in the top mile all day long, and the toilet bowl has been switching up its releases between the two different chutes below the dam, causing the fish to move around and munch on the millions of mysis shrimp spilling out with reckless abandon. Try streamers if you are on the Fryingpan late, and staying late on the river is highly recommended right now.
Appropriate Patterns: Morgan’s Midge Adult 22-24, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Roy’s Special Pan Emerger 22, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, In the Zone Stone 6, Flag Dun PMD 16-18, Polywing Rusty Spinner 16-18, H and L Variant 10-14, RS2 22, Beerhead Baetis 20-22, Pheasant Tail 20-26, RIP Midge Larvae 22-24, Cat Poop Stone 8, Diamond Caddis 16-18, Z Wing Caddis 16-18, Autumn Splendor 8, Tim’s Mysis 16-18, Will’s Mysis 16-20
Roaring Fork River
Flow: 1400 in Basalt; 3500 in Glenwood
Water Conditions: Running high and dirty, but the Fork peaked a few days ago and fishing is improving, big time!
Short and Sweet: We are through the worst of the runoff conditions, and the river is steadily dropping every day at this point. Be ready, folks, the next two to three weeks are the absolute best fishing of the year for the Roaring Fork, hands down. Evening floats are the most effective way to approach this water, getting on the river by one or two and floating until near-dark. Our world famous green drakes are just around the corner, perhaps by the end of the week or so if we are lucky. These bugs are early evening hatchers, be on the water for the last few hours of daylight once they start to emerge. The main fare for trout will be caddis, stoneflies and PMDs this week — epic hatches are so close we can feel it. The streamer bite is vastly improving, try tandem setups with one dark and one light fly. As with the lower Fryingpan, the evening female egg-laying caddis lightning round is sublime and improving on a daily basis. The higher upvalley you are on the Roaring Fork, the clearer the water will be, and the opposite is the case down low, especially below the Crystal River confluence.
Appropriate Patterns: H and L Variant 10-12, Royal Wulff 10-12, Ethawing Caddis 14-16, EC Caddis 16-18, Pearl and Elk 14-18, Rogue Foam Stone 6, Stimulator 6-16, Sparkledun Pink PMD 16-18, Flag Dun PMD 16, Cat Poop Stone 6-8, Spanflex Stone 6-10, Barr’s Graphic Caddis 16, Roaring Fork Cased Caddis 14-18, Stott’s Sacrilege 6-8, Slumpbuster 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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