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On the Fly: Time is of the essence

Taylor Creek Flyshop guide Brandon Soucie meets an acrobatic rainbow trout.
Kirk Webb |

Time is of the essence this week! With daylight savings time entering the equation and weather temperatures cooling down, remember to adjust your fishing times accordingly.

There is not a real need to get out early. Late morning, from 11 a.m. and later, is when fishing activity will begin to pick up, and overall activity levels will steadily increase through the afternoons.

Trout and their food sources are very sensitive to water temps, and their activity levels peak during optimum water temps. The one-hour difference and cooler weather in general are going to mean fishing will be best from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sweet spot should be from noon to 4 p.m.



Every season at this time we encounter many anglers who simply forget to adjust to the time change and the annual cooldown. This can mean poor fishing if an angler simply has only an hour or two to hit local waters.

Getting out at 9 a.m. right now is actually still 8 a.m. — in the trout’s world. They will be a bit sluggish. Look for insect hatches, currently comprised of blue winged olives (BWOs) and midges to be an hour later on your watch. In their world, the time is dictated by water temperatures.



Take advantage of the off-season’s peak and enjoy the serenity of very few anglers on local waters!

This week the key nymphs have been glo-bugs, rojo midges, pulsating emergers, copper ribbed foam RS II’s, micro-mayflies, peacock BLM’s and Pheasant tail STDs.

The Frying Pan is offering up some strong dry fly opportunities, and you can bet this wet snowy weather will only supercharge the BWO hatch. Get your Gore-Tex on and make sure you have a handful of flag duns, perfect baetis, HOH biot duns, para emergers and — yes — your 7X tippet.

Even if you have all the right flies, the shallow, clear, late-season water means that tippet size is crucial to success. Drop in your local shop to pick up some daily essentials, find out where it’s been hot and go hit the water!

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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