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Fishing report: Quit your job

Kirk WebbSpecial to The Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado

Runoff is now behind us, as all the valley’s rivers have begun to drop significantly in volume. Clear water can be found along the entire Roaring Fork and Fryingpan rivers. The next few weeks will offer up some of the best fishing of the entire year along the Roaring Fork, as the long-anticipated green drake hatch makes its annual appearance. Anglers from across the country will begin to flock toward the lower Roaring Fork from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs in search of this magnificent hatch. Green drakes are one of the few hatches that, due to the insect’s large size, seem to make the fish eat with reckless abandon. This hatch moves quickly, beginning in Glenwood Springs and steadily advancing farther up the river daily. Evenings provide epic dry fly fishing opportunities, and at times the fish feed so hard it appears as if every fish in the river is rising.The rivers are still a bit on the big side, which means that any pockets of slack or soft water will hold fish. Prior to hatch coming off, shallow and heavy nymph rigs consisting of 20-inchers, princes, poxyback drakes, USDs, winged drake emergers and San Juan worms will all fish well. Heavier tippets in the 3x and 4x categories are required at this time of year to quickly land fish in the big water. The infamous “lightning round” at dusk is not to be missed. Plan on staying out late and bring a headlamp with you to aid in tying on flies in the near-dark conditions. Tandem dry fly rigs using a highly visible “indicator” fly such as an H&L variant, pimped out H&L or parachute green drake will make it significantly easier to see your flies. We then tie on below one of these indicator flies a more exact drake imitation such as a drake cripple, KGB or sparkledun drake. This is what we’ve all been waiting for all year. Don’t let the West’s best green drake hatch slip by. It’s time to get on the water and fish long and hard.

This report is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at 970-927-4374 or

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