On the fly: Fish chix
The women may have outnumbered the men on the Fryingpan last weekend.
Members of the Colorado Women Flyfishers made what is becoming an annual pilgrimage to the Pan, where some seriously dedicated anglers were in the river from morning ’til night and beyond.
Two guys returning to their vehicle on the upper river at dusk on Saturday night found more than a few women staking out a spot for the anticipated rusty spinner fall. The evening feeding frenzy was memorable on Friday night, club members assured anyone who wasn’t there (this angler, for one).
The spinners, pale morning duns that fall dead into the water after laying their eggs at dusk, are apparently delectible to trout. The pockets of calm water along the bank can boil with glutonous fish during a spinner fall. (The mayflies turn a rusty color at this stage ” hence the name.)
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The pattern with sparkle wings was the hot call on Friday night, but Saturday’s overcast, rainy weather apparently put a damper on the PMD hatch earlier in the day, and the evening spinner fall as well.
Overall, expect good midday PMD action along the length of the river and trout taking green drakes on the upper Pan ” from mile marker 6 or 8 up to mile marker 12, according to Kirk Webb at Taylor Creek Fly Shop.
For nymphs, Webb suggests small blue-wing olive patterns, including pheasant tails, poxybacks and RS-2s.
There will be women on the water again this weekend, when the Western Colorado Women’s Flyfishing Clinic convenes at Coryell Ranch in Carbondale on Saturday. The 24 spots in the clinic are already all reserved at $60 per person.
Participants will learn the basics of knot tying, entomology and casting before spending the afternoon with guides on the Roaring Fork. The event is hosted by the Women’s Outreach Group of the Ferdinand Hayden Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Proceeds benefit Casting for Recovery, a retreat next spring for women with, or recovering from, breast cancer. It includes counseling, therapy and, of course, fishing. It will be the first time a local group has organized a Casting for Recovery retreat.
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