Aspen fishing report: Don’t put the flyrod away yet |

Aspen fishing report: Don’t put the flyrod away yet

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Jordan Curet/The Aspen TimesChris Vaughan of Snowmass casts for brown trout in the Roaring Fork River near Woody Creek, below Aspen, on a recent afternoon.

ASPEN ” Area anglers shouldn’t be too quick to hang up their flyrods for the winter. The warm afternoons of late fall are a good time to hit the river ” and it won’t be crowded.

Though nymphs and midges are generally the best bet at this time of year from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, blue-winged olive hatches on the Fryingpan River are still getting a rise out of trout, reports Cam Scott at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt.

“It’s good out there. I’ve probably been fishing five or six days a week right now,” Scott said Thursday.

Brown trout continue to spawn on the Fryingpan ” try an orange egg pattern, or fish with BWO and midge patterns, Scott advised.

On the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers, Scott suggested nymphs like a red copper John or prince nymph in size 16, and trailing a BWO pattern like the sparkle-wing RS2. Light-colored egg patterns, like late pink or Oregon cheese, can also work, he said.

“As long as we have warm weather during the days, the afternoon is going to fish really well on the Roaring Fork, Colorado and the Crystal, Scott said.

If the day’s highs are in the 20s or low 30s, seek out the slow, deep pools on the Roaring Fork, he said.

The days tend to be cooler in the Aspen area than in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, but there’s still fishing to be done on the Roaring Fork in the upper valley, according to Chris Lemons at Aspen Flyfishing.

“The nymph fishing’s pretty good,” he said, suggesting a midge pattern trailing a pheasant tail or prince nymph. Weight the line to get it down deep.

A black, gray or red midge should do the trick, Lemons said.

“Just look for the deeper water at this time of year, and put it as close to their mouths as you can ” that’s probably more important than the fly pattern,” he said. “Just bounce it right in front of them.”

In the lower valley, the Roaring Fork and Colorado are both running low and clear, and the fishing is “fair to good,” said Tom Trowbridge at Roaring Fork Anglers in Glenwood Springs.

Try a prince nymph or another attractor-style nymph and trail an egg or midge larvae pattern, he suggested.

Trowbridge also urged anglers to avoid spawning beds ” clean, gravel areas on the river bottom ” so as not to disturb the eggs.

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