Fishing report: Of time and trout |

Fishing report: Of time and trout

Will Sands
Special to The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – Time is of the essence this week.

With standard time entering the equation and temperatures cooling down, remember to adjust your fishing times accordingly. There is no real need to get out early. Late mornings – let’s say 11 a.m. on – is when fishing activity will begin to pick up and overall activity will steadily increase through the afternoons. Trout and their food sources are very sensitive to water temperatures and their activity peaks during optimum water temps. The one-hour difference and cooler weather in general mean that fishing will be best from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the sweet spot being noon to 4 p.m.

Every season at this time we encounter many anglers who simply forget to adjust to the time change and the annual cool-down. This often means poor fishing if an angler has only an hour or two to hit local waters. Nowadays, 9 a.m. is actually 8 a.m. in the trout world, and they will be a bit sluggish. Look for insect hatches, currently comprised of blue winged olives (BWOs) and midges to be an hour later on your watch; in their world the time is dictated by water temperatures.

Take advantage of offseason’s peak and enjoy the serenity of very few anglers on local waters.

This week the key nymphs have been glo-bugs, rojo midges, pulsating emergers, copper ribbed foam RS IIs, micro mayflys, peacock BLMs and Pheasant tail STDs. The Fryingpan is offering up some strong dry fly opportunities and you can bet this wet, snowy weather will only super-charge the BWO hatch. Get your Gore-Tex on and make sure you have a handful of flag duns, perfect baetis, HOH biot duns, para emergers and, yes, your 7X tippet.

Just remember you can have all the right flies but with low, clear, late-season water, tippet size is crucial to success. Drop into your local shop to pick up some daily essentials, find out where it’s been hot and go hit the water.

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