Fishing report: Hot at dusk |

Fishing report: Hot at dusk

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Jordan Curet The Aspen Times
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BASALT ” The green drake hatch is moving up the Roaring Fork River and the Fryingpan, golden stoneflies are starting to pop on the Colorado River and lower Fork, and caddis hatches continue to keep the fish rising, according to area fishing guides.

A deluge early in the week clouded up local rivers, but they tend to clear up fairly quickly after heavy rains, particularly as they’re still running swift and high thanks to last winter’s snowpack, noted Drew Reid at Roaring Fork Anglers in Glenwood Springs.

The conditions on the Colorado River flowing through Glenwood are day to day, he said, but the fishing has been productive.

Reid suggested both caddis pupa and dries on the lower Roaring Fork and the Colorado, and reported a good midday PMD hatch on the Fork. For nymphing, he suggested prince nymphs and pheasant tails.

Dave Johnson at Crystal Fly Shop in Carbondale also reported plenty of caddis pupa, and said he’s beginning to see golden stoneflies on the Colorado and lower Roaring Fork. Stonefly nymphs and dries should be a good bet in the next week or two, he predicted.

The green drake action has moved to the midvalley ” from roughly Basalt to the Woody Creek area on the Roaring Fork, and drakes are appearing on the middle Fryingpan, between about mile markers 6 and 12, said Kirk Webb at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt.

Anglers will find the Roaring Fork still running on the high side, though.

“Pick the pockets and focus on the slower sections of water,” Webb advised. “It’s very easy to read the water and find the fish right now.”

Fans of dry-fly action should make sure to find a spot on a river in the evening, according to Webb.

Look for drakes on the Pan at midday and again at dusk, along with rusty spinners. The evening fishing has been “on fire” on the Fryingpan, he said.

On the upper Fork, look for evening caddis action until shortly before dusk ” then try a green drake, Webb suggested. Below Basalt, he suggested caddis dries and spinners for the evening fishing.

The Crystal River has also been fishing well, Webb added, with a few drakes on its lower stretches and caddis hatches higher up.

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