Roaring Fork Valley Fishing Report |

Roaring Fork Valley Fishing Report

Fryingpan River

Flow: 120 CFS

Short and Sweet:

The Fryingpan is running gin-clear in the upper reaches and middle river, but there is a bit of color in the lower river due to the smaller feeder creeks running off closer to Basalt. There are good numbers of BWOs and midges throughout the river, and we are seeing plenty of caddis on the lower section. The “shrimping” in the Toilet Bowl has been spectacular, watch the fish for a few minutes before you start and keep your flies high or low as the fish dictate. We have seen a handful of PMDs already and better numbers of these bigger mayflies are on the horizon. Caddis and stoneflies are the name of the game down low. Be sure to be on the water from 6 p.m. until dark for some lightning round caddis egg-layers. Streamers have moved plenty of fish this week, especially late in the day or anytime clouds are in the sky. If you are fishing near the top miles, keep dry fly leaders long and tapered to 7x. The farther downriver you fish, the heavier tippet sizes are easier to get away with. Hint: The San Juan Worm is fishing very well riverwide.

Appropriate Patterns:

Dries: Bill’s Midge Emerger 20-22, Sprout Midge 22-24, Roy’s Special BWO Emerger 20-22, CDC Comparadun 20-22, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Downrigger Caddis 16-18, Collett’s BWO Adult 20-22

Nymphs and Streamers: Sand’s Epoxy Mysis 16-20, BTS Mysis 16-20, Eggs 16-18, San Juan Worm 10, Slumpbuster 6-8, Sculpzilla 6-8, RS2 20-22, Sand’s STD Dark 22, Cat Poop Stone 6-8

Roaring Fork River

Flow: 1300 in Basalt

Short and Sweet:

The Fork is obviously in runoff mode, but there have been “moments of clarity” to be found, especially in the last few hours of daylight. The best indicator for good fishing right now is to keep an eye on overnight temps. If it stays cool, the next afternoon will generally afford you some clarity and fishability. Check out the softer water, side channels, and anywhere the fish can get a break from the current. Caddis, stones, worms and eggs are the name of the game. The river, even when clearing, is moving very quickly, so be sure to exercise caution.

Appropriate Patterns:

Dries: Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, EC Caddis 16-18, In the Zone Stone 8, King Kong Salmonfly 6

Nymphs and Streamers: San Juan Worm 10, Cat Poop Stone 6-8, Barr’s Tungstone 6-8, Z Wing Caddis 16, Barr’s Graphic Caddis 16-18, Eggs 12-16, Tungsten Ready Baetis 16-18, Sculpzilla 6-8, Slumpbuster 6-8

— 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

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