On the Fly: Already wet
September 20, 2006
If rain (or snow) is falling outside your window today, don’t dismay. Deteriorating weather doesn’t necessarily put a big chill on the fishing.That’s the word, at least, from area flyshops as the Roaring Fork Valley braces for snow or rain in the forecast for the remainder of the week.Rain and snow can actually bring prime conditions – fewer people on the river and active trout, according to Will Sands at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt.”The fish are already wet. They don’t care,” added Chris Lemons at Aspen Flyfishing.”We were out last weekend during the snow,” Lemons said. “They were a couple of the best days out there.”After last weekend’s glimpse of winter, Indian summer returned to the valley early this week, and anglers enjoyed afternoon blue-wing olive hatches and dry-fly-fishing on both the Roaring Fork and Fryingpan rivers, according to reports from the field.In addition, anglers are still casting green drakes on the upper Pan – from about mile marker 12 to the dam – with success, Sands said. The drake action was especially good for roughly the first 500 feet below the dam.Snow and rain are forecast for the next few days, but the inclement weather can improve the fishing conditions, Sands said. Trout aren’t as skittish under overcast skies, and the insect hatches can be thicker.”A lot of people don’t like being out there when it’s raining or nasty, but that’s when the fishing can be most active,” he said.”If it’s snowing or raining, it’s very good fishing when that happens at this time of year,” agreed Jeff Dysart at Alpine Angling in Carbondale. He reported daily BWO hatches on the Roaring Fork; the streamer action is also picking up and hoppers have continued to work on recent sunny days, he said.Prime BWO hours on the Fork, from Woody Creek down to Basalt, are 1-3 p.m., according to Lemons.If it’s slow at first, wait, he advised. But when it’s over, it’s definitely over.