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On the fly: Fall is in the air

A rainbow trout from the Fryingpan River that came up to a Pale Morning Dun dry fly.
Danny Frank / Provided |

The subtle change of the season is upon us.

Days seem to be cooling down, leaves are turning a bit, it’s getting dark earlier and fall seems to be right around the corner. Fall means some rewarding fishing for locals, plus there are fewer visiting anglers.

Although we will still be seeing the continuation of great Pale Morning Duns (PMDs) and Green Drakes on the Frying Pan for a while longer, hatches and tactics will begin to slowly change throughout the month of September.

Dry fly fishing has been very good lately on the Frying Pan. Green Drakes and Pale Morning Duns have still been out in great force, but Blue Wing Olives (BWOs) are reappearing throughout the Frying Pan. Fish often focus on these smallish mayflies as the can greatly outnumber PMDs and drakes. This can confuse anglers who are seeing multitudes of rising fish during a drake or PMD hatch, but don’t take notice of the smaller BWO’s on the water.

Good practice to take advantage of these scenarios is to fish the larger PMD or Drake Pattern as your lead fly and use a BWO as your trailing fly. This combination assists in covering two of your three possible food sources and the larger lead fly can be utilized as a strike indicator for that tiny Blue Wing Olive Dropper.

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There is less dry fly fishing to be had on the Roaring Fork, but the nymphing and streamer action has been very consistent! Besides the increased BWO activity on the “Fork,” the streamer fishing has been heating up. Many anglers relish the opportunity to throw large wooly buggers and sculpin imitations, hoping to entice aggressive fall fish.

If you have never explored the world of streamer fishing, this is the time to branch out and give it a go. Often times those big nasty flies will account for some of the largest fish of the season!

This column is provided weekly by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at 970-927-4374.

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