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On the Fly: It’s a smorgasbord

Janet Urquhart

It’s a smorgasbord out there, with anglers finding success on nymphs, dry flies and, as summer peaks, terrestrials like grasshoppers and ants, according to reports from local rivers.The Aspen fishing is best in the morning, according to fishing guide Mike Haas at Pomeroy Sports. Overcast afternoons on the Roaring Fork near town can also produce some trout in the net and evenings, if a rainstorm doesn’t shut down the fishing, are a good time to pull out the big dries – an irresistible wulff, for example.”It’s a buffet right now,” Haas said.Different trout are hitting different patterns, but Haas suggests a caddis, Nos. 18 to 10, and green drake dries may entice a trout even when there’s no drake hatch going on, he said.The Crystal River, which clouds up easily if it rains, was clear on Wednesday afternoon, according to Jeff Dysart at Alpine Angling in Carbondale.From midmorning to evening, try prince nymphs, hare’s ears and flashback pheasant tails on the Crystal or, for dries, orange stimulators, lime trudes, royal stimulators or elk-hair caddis, Dysart advised.The Fork below Carbondale, clear unless the Crystal blows out, is fishing well from morning until it gets hot. Dysart suggests PMDs. Hoppers are starting to work, as well.Caddis, PMDs and green drakes all working on the Fryingpan River, according to “Mo” Bratcher at Frying Pan Anglers in Basalt. Ants and hoppers are working, as well, she said. From about 10-11 a.m., a rusty spinner may be the call. At dusk, pull out the big dry drake.The Colorado River has blown out again, reported Tom Trowbridge at Roaring Fork Anglers in Glenwood Springs yesterday.”Somewhere upstream of us, they’ve had a lot of rain,” he said. “At this time of year, clarity can be a day-to-day issue.”On the middle to lower Roaring Fork, Trowbridge suggests fishing before noon with stimulators, hoppers and small mayfly nymphs like pheasant tails and hare’s ears. On a cloudy afternoon, tie on a No. 18 or 20 parachute Adams or royal wulff, he said. In the evening, it’s caddis flies right before dark.

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