On The Fly; There’s a light at the end of the fishing tunnel
On The Fly
There is good news this week for all you Fryingpan River junkies.
Flows have subsided significantly over the past few days down from 650 cubic feet per second. The river is in terrific fishable shape and sitting (at this writing) at 278 cfs. The increase last week in water actually does a lot of good, scouring the rocks from the scourge of DIDYMO, helping endangered fish farther down the line, as well as redistributing the local fish and insects.
I personally enjoy the “challenge” of bigger water in the Fryingpan. It’s almost like having a whole new river to figure out.
Another interesting new development is the sighting of a few pale morning duns and caddis on the river this week. Blue winged olives took a break from hatching with regularity during the high-water period, but I’ll bet we see a resurgence with the lower flows and cloudy, cool weather on the way this weekend.
This past week was pretty fun on the upper river. High flows always equal big fish you don’t see on a regular basis, as they get pushed out of their hidey-holes and comfort zones.
The Roaring Fork is already back in business, albeit challenging.
Visibility has been improving daily, and the cool weekend ahead just might slow snow melt enough to add even more clarity. Yes, this river is still big, but the fishing has been stellar for those willing to get out there and work for those fish. The Roaring Fork River has been clearer in the afternoons than early in the day, due to the travel time involved for melting snow making its way from the mountain tops to the river basin.
The Colorado is also on the uptick flow-wise, but a green drake or two have been spotted on recent forays, in addition to caddis and pale morning duns. Some of the boys (and girls) have been down there catching them along the edges and soft spots, despite the flow being over 15,000 cfs.
Sure, that water is big out there, but the fishing is getting hot.
This column is provided weekly by Taylor Creek Fly shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at 970-927-4374, or on the web at http://www.TaylorCreek.com.
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Born in New Castle, Alice McKennis Duran learned to ski at 2 at Sunlight Mountain with her father and older sister, Kendra. She also had a brief stint training with the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club prior to joining the national team.