On the Fly: Get a clean Fork
September 6, 2006
The banks of the Roaring Fork River should be teeming with activity Saturday.It’s time for the annual Roaring Fork River cleanup, when volunteers scour the banks and shallows to collect the bizarre assortment of debris that winds up there. The trimming of invasive tamarisk is also planned, according to the Roaring Fork Conservancy.Everyone is welcome to help. Those with waders may bring them if they’d like. Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at any one of four spots in the valley, then spread out to clean up. The effort concludes with a free barbecue at Arbaney Park in Basalt at 11:30 a.m.The cleanup is sponsored by the conservancy and the Ferdinand Hayden chapter of Trout Unlimited. Volunteers will gather at Jaffee Park near Woody Creek, Lyons Park in Basalt, the Days Inn in Carbondale and Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. Just show up.In the meantime, the cooler weather hasn’t put a chill on the fishing action, according to reports from local fly shops.The Colorado River has finally cleared and streamers are working well on cloudy days. Also, watch for trico hatches before noon; spinners and red quills are also taking fish, according to Tom Trowbridge at Roaring Fork Anglers in Glenwood Springs. On the lower Roaring Fork, Trowbridge suggests streamers or hopper/dropper combos with small mayfly nymphs on the drop – coppers, pheasant tails and hare’s ears.The Fryingpan continues to fish well, said Will Sands at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt. The cloudier weather in the forecast should mean good hatches of BWOs, green drakes and PMDs from about noon to 4 p.m., he said.On the Fork, nymph action now predominates, said Sands, suggesting BLMs in black and peacock, or a No. 18 or 20 red copper or pheasant tail.Dave Johnson at Independent Flyfishing Guides added caddis pupas and poxyback baetis to the list for the middle and lower Fork.The Aspen fishing (from Woody Creek up) is still offering dry action at midday with a baetis hatch, says Chris Lemons at Aspen Flyfishing. He suggests a No. 20 parachute Adams, or soft-hackle emerger or Barr’s emerger.”As long as it’s fairly small and presented well, the fish will eat it,” he said.