On the Fly: It’s prime time
Green drakes, caddis, PMDs, yellow Sallies, rusty spinners: Don’t leave home without them.Major hatches are making for hot fishing conditions from Aspen to Glenwood. It’s a good time to call in sick and head for a river.”The lower Pan is on fire,” said one Aspen Times staff source who hit the Fryingpan at midday Tuesday and slammed ’em with a pearl caddis pattern. “They just wouldn’t stop hitting it,” he said.This writer briefly tried the upper Crystal River, above Redstone on Tuesday, but had no luck with either a prince nymph or a PMD before thunder chased her off the water.A rainstorm Wednesday clouded the Crystal, reported Dave Johnson of Independent Flyfishing Guides.”In another week or so, it’ll be prime time on the Crystal,” he predicts.In the meantime, it is prime time on the Roaring Fork, according to Johnson. The green drake hatch in the Carbondale area during the midday and the last hour of twilight are particularly good, he said.”The Roaring Fork has just been wonderful, particularly down by Glenwood,” added “Mo” Bratcher at Frying Pan Anglers in Basalt. “Those great big bugs are coming off, and it’s just been terrific.”On the other hand, Bratcher said PMDs were the smart choice when she hit the Pan on Monday afternoon, after a rainstorm.Jeff Dysart at Alpine Angling in Carbondale recommends drake patterns and PMDs on the Roaring Fork from Basalt to Carbondale during midday. A caddis hatch comes on in the late afternoon and evening. Anglers are catching trout on both the adult (dry) and nymph patterns, he said.”It’s kind of prime time – we’ve got most of the bugs that we see throughout the year coming off right now,” Dysart said.”We’ve seen some 20- to 24-inch fishing coming out almost daily – rainbows mostly,” he said.
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