Local Fishing Report
Flow: 215 cfs
Short and Sweet: The hatches are here, folks. If you want a shot at green drakes, post up between mile 7 and 12 near 1 p.m., and there are PMDs mixed in as well. We are seeing PMDs on the entire river midday, and spinner falls late in the evening until the next morning. Good hatches of BWOs are still popping off in the upper mile also, and we are still seeing healthy numbers of golden stones, red quills and midges, too. There has been plenty of rain and cloud cover over the last week, which has accelerated the hatches and has been keeping us cool and wet. If you are fishing the lower river, caddis is the name of the game all day long, with stones and PMDs in the mix, too.
Hot Flies: Stott’s KGB Drake 10-12, Umpqua Colorado Drake 10-12, Green Drake Cripple 10-12, Red Quill 16, Sparkle Stacker PMD 16, TC Pink PMD Sparkledun 16, CDC PMD Comparadun 16, Goddard Caddis 14-16, EC Caddis 14-16, Stimulator 8-16, Twenty Incher 10-12, Stott’s USD Drake
Roaring Fork River
Flow: 228 cfs in Aspen, 668 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color We have been blessed with plenty of cool, rainy weather, which has suppressed our concerns about high water temps in the afternoon. Caddis and PMDs are hatching heavily, with some golden stones, small BWOs and plenty of midges around as well. Streamers have been white hot on the cloudy days, with white being the optimal color right now. Nymphing has been productive with stonefly nymphs, caddis larvae and PMD nymphs until the hatches get rolling. There are still a few drakes hatching on the upper river near Aspen, look for these huge bugs as twilight approaches. A few of our guides have seen healthy numbers of craneflies also.
Hot Flies: TC Sparkledun Green Drake 10-12, Twilight Drake 10-12, X Caddis 14-16, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-16, PMD Yellow Sparkledun 16, Film Critic PMD 16, Spanflex Stone 8-12, Beaded Prince 16-18, Rainbow Warrior 18-20, Copper John 14-16.
Flow: 145 cfs in Carbondale
Short and Sweet: Easy dry fly fishing awaits you on the Crystal, but keep an eye on the flows, especially the day after heavy storms. We are seeing very strong caddis and PMD hatches mid-day, and rusty spinner falls early and late in the day. The farther up 133 you drive, the fewer people you will see over the course of your day. Hot spots are near Redstone, the RVR and of course, the “staircase” in Carbondale. Keep some hoppers and streamers handy, too.
Hot Flies: Stimulator 8-18, Charlie Boy Hopper 8-10, H and L Variant 10-16, Royal Wulff 10-16, Beaded Prince Nymph 14-18.
Flow: 2,360 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: The visibility has been a bit challenging on the Big Raddy this week, as tons of rain have put this big water in the muddy column. There are moments of clarity to be found, especially late in the day. Hatches are still going strong despite the poor visibility, we are seeing tiny BWOs, caddis, PMDs and golden stones around mid-day through twilight. Big, black streamers are the ticket when conditions are right, and we still suggest getting on and off the Colorado early to avoid stressing fish in hot afternoon water temps. Give us a call at Taylor Creek (970 927 4374) for up to the minute details on the Colorado River.
Hot Flies: Later Skater Caddis 14-16, BC Hopper 8-10, In the Zone Stone 6-8, TC Pink Sparkledun PMD 16, Charlie Boy Hopper 10-12, Stimulator 8-14, Freestone Emerger 22, Swiss Straw Emerger 18-20, Heng’s BLM 18, Juju Baetis 18-20.
— 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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