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Fishing report: As good as it gets

Will Sands
Special to The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – Exceptional fishing abounds throughout the valley right now, as river and stream flows have become absolutely ideal for fishing, especially on the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork.

This week hatches have been intensifying and local pale morning duns (PMDs) and caddis hatches have been exploding on the Fryingpan. Add some green drakes and yellow sallies to this mixture on the Roaring Fork and it becomes a dilemma on where to fish. This is one of the most enjoyable times for anglers of all abilities, some of the best fishing of the year.

Although there are no guarantees in fooling a trout to take your fly, this is about as good as it can get and it is an exceptional time of the season to introduce kids or new anglers to the sport. The simple reason is that, after the high water has dropped and mellowed, it begins to warm up. This significant change brings out a plethora of insects that have been dormant for the duration of runoff; it literally becomes a bug buffet for the browns, brookies, rainbows, cutthroats and whitefish, too.

This week anglers should focus their efforts from mid-morning to late afternoon on the Fryingpan. Those fishing the Roaring Fork will experience the best fishing from mid-morning right up until it is so dark you can no longer see your flies on the water. Pale morning duns have been the dominant Fryingpan hatch during midday from 11 a.m. through 4 or 5 p.m., depending on the day. Caddis hatches are also quite prominent late afternoon right up until dusk on the ‘Pan. Roaring Fork anglers will experience very good nymph fishing throughout the day and can expect evening dry fly fishing to be good to exceptional with green drakes, caddis and PMDs.

The hot patterns this week have been poxyback PMDs, halfback PMD emergers, film critic PMDs, sparkle dun PMDs, queen princes, up side down drakes, Stott’s KGB (aka, the “Killer Green Bug”) and sparkle dun drakes.

Let the feeding frenzy begin!