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Fryingpan River

Flow: 275 cfs

Short and Sweet: Summer flows are finally here! The Fryingpan has essentially doubled in sweet, delicious volume in the past week, and in turn has made the Fryinpan one of the happiest tailwaters in the Rocky Mountain West. If you name almost any aquatic insect, it’s hatching this week on the Fryingpan. With the dramatic increase in flows come thousands of mysis shrimp, which the trout are munching at a furious pace. Green drakes are popping off from the confluence with the Roaring Fork all the way up through mile 9 at this point. PMDs are thick all over the place, be sure to carry pink and yellow duns in addition to rusty spinners for early and late in the day. BWOs and caddis are a factor also, and the steamer bite is very good late in the day.



Hot Flies: Stott’s KGB Drake 10-12, Twilight Drake 10-12, Colorado Drake 10-12, Flag Dun PMD 16, Sparkledun PMD 16, Rusty Spinner 16, Ethawing Caddis 16-18, Goddard Caddis 14-18, Roy’s Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Stott’s USD Drake Nymph, 20 Incher 10-14, Rusty PMD Halfback Emerger 16-18, Thorax PMD Nymph 16-18, Tim’s TC Crystal Mysis 16-18, San Juan Worm 10, RS2 18-22, Slumpbuster 6-8.

“I tended to start slow in some events, and that made things hard because I was trying to come from behind against guys who had the same ability as me. I’ll take that into account when I try for next year.”
Robbie Davis
Carbondale resident and CrossFit World Games competitor



Roaring Fork River

Flow: 158 cfs in Aspen, 640 cfs in Glenwood

Short and Sweet:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color The drakes have moved on above Basalt at this point, drop in to Jaffee Park in the evenings to catch the tail end of this epic hatch. Caddis and PMDs are the name of the game everywhere else, in addition to golden stoneflies and tiny BWOs. The fishing has been much, better early in the day on the Roaring Fork, the water is getting a little too warm late in the day. Rusty spinners and caddis dries are crushing fish in the mornings, worms, stones and PMD nymphs are the way to go sub-surface. Bring the streamer box, big fish are grabbing these “meaty” flies right out of the gate in the mornings, too.

Hot Flies: EC Caddis 16-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Polywing Rusty Spinner 16, BC Hopper 10, Charlie Boy Hopper 12-14, In the Zone Stone 8, Rogue Foam Stone 8, San Juan Worm 10, Cat Poop Stone 6-12, Beaded Prince Nymph 16-18, Sands’ Pheasant Tail STD 16-18, Rusty PMD Halfback Emerger 16-18, Red Copper John 16, Rainbow Warrior 18, Wooly Bugger 8-12, Sculpzilla 6-8.

Crystal River

Flow: 58 cfs in Carbondale

Short and Sweet: The Crystal is officially back on the menu after a long runoff, these next few weeks offer up the best fishing of the year on the Crystal. As usual, this little river sees very little pressure, and can offer you plenty of solitude and hungry fish. If you want to catch a ton of whitefish, bring the tungsten beaded Prince Nymphs, if rainbows and browns are more your style, break out the Stimulators and generic caddis dries.

Hot Flies: Stimulator 12-18, Parachute Adams 12-18, Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Sparkle Stacker PMD 16, Beaded Prince 12-18, Copper John 16-18, Sands’ Dark STD Nymph 16-18, Pheasant Tail 16-18, Autumn Splendor 6-10.

Colorado River

Flow: 2340 cfs

Short and Sweet: Yellow Sallies and PMDs are on the official menu, with caddis, stoneflies and tiny baetis thrown in the mix as well. As with the Roaring Fork, this water is getting on the warm side in the afternoons and fishing best early in the day. Most fish will be found deep in the center line most days, keep your nymph rigs long and heavy until the dry fly action gets going. Wading this river can be tough, floating is the optimal way to attack this amazing section of river. These fish fight very hard, and pull like they are lifting weights during the offseason. Once hatches get rolling, focus on the softer water and break out your favorite PMD or Sallie dry fly.

Hot Flies: Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, PMD Comparadun 16-18, Goddard Caddis 14-16, In the Zone Stone 6-8, Collett’s BWO adult 18-22, Spanflex Stone 6-8, Cat Poop Stone 6-12, Red Copper John 16, Barr’s Uncased Caddis 16, Polywing Rusty Spinner 16 (fished wet or dry) Freestone Emerger 18-20, Beaded Prince Nymph 12-18, PMD Snowshoe Emerger 16-18, Rainbow Emerger 18-20, Stott’s Ziwi 6, Space Invader 6.

— 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 http://www.taylorcreek.com.


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