Local Fishing Report: July 13, 2013
Short and Sweet: Flows were raised this week, which has made our bugs and fish very happy. Strong PMD hatches are being seen river-wide this week, with the accompanying spinner falls occurring late in the day and throughout the following mornings. The guide tech in this valley is to nymph these spinner dries after the “fall.” Green drakes are starting to hatch in the LOWER miles of the Fryingpan, usually mid-day, especially when its cloudy. BWOs are still going strong as well, same times as the drakes. Caddis are thick in the middle river and down through to town, the evening dry fly action is red hot. The Bowl is red hot right now too, as it always is when flows change in any significant way. Golden Stones are still flapping about as well, all sections of the river.
Hot Flies: Sparkle Stacker PMD 16, CDC PMD Comparadun 16-18, KGB Drake 10-12, BDE Drake 10-12, H and L Variant 10-12, Pearl and Elk Caddis 12-18, Goddard Caddis 16-18, Perfect Baetis 20, Roy’s Special Fryingpan Emerger 20, RS2 18-20, Pheasant Tail 20-24, 20 Incher 14, Bulbous PMD Emerger 16-18, Juju PMD 16-18, San Juan Worm 10, Tungstone 8-10, Cat Poop Stone 6-8.
Flow: 130 in Carbondale
Short and Sweet: The Crystal is FINALLY back in fishable shape this week, and will be fishing very well. No need to get “techy” on this little river, just bring the 4x, caddis dries, and a few bead head nymphs to find willing and hungry trout and whitefish. The crowds melt away the higher up 133 you drive, although the fishing right in Carbondale in the “Staircase” is excellent right now. This is the river to hit up if you don’t want to see another angler all day.
Hot Flies: Stimulator 10-18, EC Caddis 14-18, In the Zone Stone 6-8, Copper John 14-18, Beaded Prince Nymph 14-18, Wooly Bugger 6-10
Roaring Fork River
Flow: 240 in Aspen, 688 in Glenwood Springs
Short and Sweet: Name almost any bug you can think of, and it’s hatching on the Roaring Fork this week. The green drakes have transitioned up-valley now, and your best bet to fish the evening lightning round will be between Catherine’s Store and Leaning Tree. Many of our guides have seen heavy hatches of green drakes in and around Basalt right in the middle of the day, too. Caddis are simply everywhere these days, the best dry fly fishing for caddis will be late in the afternoon after things cool down a bit. Stoneflies are still around, just check out all the shucks on the rocks and trees where you are fishing. PMDs are thick nearly river-wide, and we are still seeing strong BWO hatches down below Carbondale most days. Flows are dramatically dropping, but don’t be fooled, the water is still quite fast. If you are fishing down in and around Glenwood, keep an eye on water temps, as they are getting high late in the day and this stresses the fish. (Fish earlier in the day to treat our fish kindly)
Hot Flies: H and L Variant 10-12, Royal Wulff 10-12, Stimulator 8-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 12-18, Downrigger Caddis 16-18, TC Pink Sparkledun 16-18, Film Critic PMD 16-18, Amy’s Ant 6-10, Collett’s BWO Adult 18-20, 20 Incher 10-14, Caddistrophic Pupae 14-18, Cat Poop Stone 6-8, Bulbous PMD Emerger 16, Swiss Straw Emerger 16-18.
Short and Sweet: The Colorado is dropping steadily, visibility is cleared to 3 or 4 feet. Drakes are essentially done, but the caddis, stoneflies, PMDs, yellow sallies and BWOs are still going strong. The best way to approach this big water is by drift boat, but there are wading spots worth checking out in Grizzly Creek, No Name, Newcastle bridge, and Two Rivers Park. Wading this river isn’t easy, this is best approached by those who are physically fit. Keep moving around on the Collie, if there aren’t happy fish where you are, move up or down river until you do. Most fish are deep in the center line, then transitioning to edges and pockets once hatches get under way in earnest.
Hot Flies: Later Skater Caddis 14-16, Goddard Caddis 14-16, Outrigger Sallie 16, Sparkle Stacker PMD 16, CDC PMD Comparadun 16, AK’s Melon Quill 16, King Kong Stone 6-8, Stimulator 8-18, Bulbous PMD Emerger 16, Swiss Straw Emerger 16, Beaded Prince Nymph 14-16, Cat Poop Stone 6-8, Red Copper John 16.
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