Right place at the right time
On The Fly
There are quite a few fishing widows and widowers around the valley this week, trying to remember what their significant other looks like.
The green drake hatch is tough on most relationships, especially ones in the early stages.
Despite our grueling schedule at the fly shop, most of us are hopping in the boat or hitting our favorite wading spots every night.
The fishing is just that good, and we know it won’t last forever.
It really is like Kirk Webb described last week in On the Fly.
The days and nights start to blur together, and the funny happenings, tragedies and snafus stick with you more than the numbers of fish caught or how the hatch came off.
Just last night, a rod went over the side of the dory and was found later, as well as a pair of sunglasses and a fly box, all miraculously recovered.
Fishing in the dark can get a little hectic, to say the least, but those minor miracles stick with you through the blur.
Even though they get second billing, caddis are hatching heavily up and down the Roaring Fork, too, and they usually hatch in swarms before, during, and after the green drakes.
The drakes here love to hatch just as the light begins to fade away, and usually go strong until dark.
After that, it’s time to tie that caddis dry fly back on!
If mid-day better suits your schedule, pale morning duns are coming off in huge numbers from noon until four, especially on the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers.
The PMDs on the Fryingpan are still gathering strength, and are popping in good numbers on the cloudier days right now.
Basically, if you’re a dry-fly junkie, it’s all about being in the right place at the right time.
Just let your significant other know you’ll be back around one of these days, once things slow down.
If they don’t change the locks on the front door, that is.
— This column 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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