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Local Fishing Report

Fryingpan River

Flow: 115 cfs Rating: 9/10

Short and Sweet: Oooh, baby! It’s nice to see some water flowing down the Pan again! Flows have essentially tripled in this past week, which makes for some very happy trout and equally happy fishermen. Any time the flows are raised or lowered dramatically, the mysis fishing in the toilet bowl gets incredibly good, and this is no exception. Toilet bowl fish are happily eating eggs and small streamers in addition to mysis shrimp. Hatches are still heavier and more diverse on the bottom half of this tail water due to higher temps, think BWOs on the bottom and midges up top. Dries are still best fished on 6 and 7x, nymphs on 5 and 6x. The lower river will typically be 10 to 15 degrees warmer in air temp, creating conditions for better BWO emergencies in addition to small black stones and midges. Handfuls of caddis will also be found on the lower river in the late afternoon. Throwing streamers can be terrific river-wide after 6 p.m. or so.

Appropriate Patterns:

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

Streamers: Slumpbuster 6-8, Autumn Splendor 10, Sands Stinging Sculpin 6-8

Roaring Fork River

Flow: 148 cfs below Maroon Creek; 262 cfs in Emma; and 660 cfs in Glenwood Springs

Rating: 7/10 above Carbondale, 6 /10 below Carbondale

Short and Sweet: As with the Fryingpan, flows tripled over the course of this past week, though the Fork is steadily dropping at this point. The caddis bite has rolled all the way up in and through Basalt now, with very good numbers of these bugs hatching from 2 or so until egg layers return at twilight. The Crystal has been spilling it’s fair share of mud into the Roaring Fork below Carbondale, therefore fishing will be better above this confluence. Floats are still doable below Carbondale, just keep an eye out for a few feet of visibility before doing so. BWOs are steadily hatching nearly river-wide now, fish will be keyed in on them better above Basalt. The Fork will fish better this week in the afternoon, after the water has had time to clear somewhat. Streamers are certainly happening these days, adjust colors and retrieves to dial the fish in on these large bites.

Appropriate Patterns:

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, 20-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, Ultrabling RS2 18-20, Freestone Emerger 20-22

Streamers: Sculpzilla 8, Zoo Cougar 6-8, Slumpbuster 6-8, Autumn Splendor 6-8

Colorado River

Flow: 2400 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 very high now, and will essentially stay that way for the foreseeable future. Oh, you should have been there last week! There was some of the best caddis fishing of the year before it blew out! With the considerable raise in flows, there is quite a bit of debris in the river, such as logs and small trees.

Appropriate Patterns:

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: Sand’s Stinging Sculpin 8-10

— 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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