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Call it outstanding

Janet Urquhart

Outstanding.That’s the fishing report in a nutshell.Local rivers have cleared and flows continue to drop, and summer hatches are in full swing in the lower Roaring Fork Valley.”It’s pretty outstanding, it really is – pretty much everywhere,” said Tim Heng, manager at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt.”Very, very, very good,” is how Drew Reid described conditions.The Colorado River has dropped to clear, fishable levels and dry-fly anglers are finding success during the day with yellow sallys, caddis flies and PMDs, according Reid, manager at Roaring Fork Anglers in Glenwood Springs. Closer to dusk, he suggests green drakes and, in the waning light, red quills.”It goes crazy in that last hour of light,” he said.The Colorado is fishing well both in Glenwood Canyon and below Glenwood Springs. Pick your spot, Reid advised.”It think the canyon might have the best action, but it seems to have the smaller fish,” he said.The prolonged dry spell has produced startlingly clear flows on the Colorado, Heng added. “I don’t know if I’ve seen it this clear for years,” he said.If the recommended dry patterns aren’t working on the Colorado, try nymphs in the same varieties, Heng said.The drake action on the lower Fork, from Carbondale to Glenwood, is also hot, according to Heng. Evening is best.The Aspen fishing has improved considerably, though the upper Roaring Fork is still a bit high. Heng recommends PMD and caddis nymphs.”They’re really smacking the caddis pupae,” said Gus Kadota at Pomeroy Sports in Aspen. He suggests a buckskin caddis. Or, try princes and pheasant tails in No. 10 and No. 12 on the Fork from Aspen down to Basalt.The Aspen fishing has yet to really take off for dry-fly enthusiasts, but it’s close, Kadota reports.”We are starting to see a little caddis dry activity and a little hopper stuff on top in the afternoons and evenings,” he said.On the Fryingpan, anglers are taking trout on dries – PMDs and blue-wing olives – in the afternoons; add caddis to the mix in the evening. The morning fishing is nymphing, according to Heng.The Crystal River, flowing into Carbondale from the south, has also cleared but is still flowing swiftly. There, Heng suggests nymphs – 20-inchers, golden stoneflies and prince nymphs. If the trout are rising, try a caddis, he advised.


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