Fishing report: Enjoy the overcast
Special to The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
BASALT – Take advantage of the weather! Looking at this week’s weather forecast, there appears to be some inclement weather ahead, be it rain or snow (hopefully the latter).
Either way don’t let a little precipitation keep you from stepping out on the river. Cloudy weather regularly produces some of the best fishing conditions. The main reason is the overcast. Overcast days act as a security blanket for fish because they feel more secure and comfortable moving around and feeding during periods of lower light.
Bright, sunny days expose fish to their predators and thus they feel more vulnerable and are more alert. Therefore, fish can be more difficult to fool on a bright, sunny day. Although you can have good fishing on a beautiful, sunny day, you’ll generally have more success and an easier time catching trout on a day when conditions might have kept you indoors. The fish are already wet; they don’t mind the weather!
The other great thing is that many anglers opt not to get out their rain shells, so you will often have the river all to yourself!
This week the overcast has already enhanced anglers’ success on both the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork. Anglers should focus their efforts on the middle and upper Frying Pan between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The true sweet spot on the ‘Pan is from noon to 3 p.m. Midges are still out in force and the key flies to have are Red Headed Step Childs, WD 50s and Medallion midges for subsurface bugs. There has been some very good dry fly fishing as well and a Bill’s Midge Adult and Roy’s Frying Pan Emerger will do the job. Make sure you are tapering leaders and tippets down to 6 and 7X.
On the Roaring Fork the midges are dominating, but the first Blue Winged Olives of the season are starting to emerge! Key flies for the Fork this week will be STDs, BLMs, Buckskins and Zebra midges. Look for most of your success on the Fork to be between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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