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On the Fly: Light at the end of the fishing tunnel

Scott Spooner
On the Fly

There is good news this week for all you Fryingpan junkies: Flows have subsided significantly over the past few days down from 650 cubic feet per second. The river is in terrific fishable shape and was sitting at 278 cfs Tuesday. The increase in water last week actually does a lot of good, scouring the rocks of the scourge of Didymo algae, helping endangered fish farther down the line and redistributing local fish and insects. I personally enjoy the challenge of bigger water in the Fryingpan; it’s almost like having a whole new river to figure out.

Another interesting new development is the sighting of a few pale morning duns and caddis on the river this week. Blue-winged olives took a break from hatching with regularity during the high-water period, but I’ll bet we see a resurgence with the lower flows and cloudy, cool weather on the way this weekend. This past week was pretty fun on the upper river. High flows always equal big fish that you don’t see on a regular basis, as they get pushed out of their hidey-holes and comfort zones.

The Roaring Fork is already back in business, albeit challenging. Visibility has been improving daily, and the cool weekend ahead just might slow snowmelt enough to add even more clarity. Yes, this river is still big, but the fishing has been stellar for those willing to get out there and work for those fish. The Fork has been clearer in the afternoons than early in the day, due to the travel time involved for melting snow making its way from the mountaintops to the river basin.

The Colorado also is on the uptick flow-wise, but a green drake or two have been spotted on recent forays, in addition to caddis and pale morning duns. Some of the boys (and girls) have been down there catching them along the edges and soft spots despite the flow being over 15,000 cfs. Sure, that water is big out there, but the fishing is getting hot!

“On the Fly” is provided weekly by the staff at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt.