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On the Fly: Roll with the changes

Scott Spooner
On the Fly

Change is a reliable constant in this life, and our rivers in this valley are most certainly doing precisely that.

These changes are positive ones, merely nature taking its course in the ebb and flow of precious water in our drainages. We all remember last year, and this year is already dramatically different from the perspective of the fly fisherman.

The flows on the Fryingpan tripled this week, the Roaring Fork has doubled in volume, and the Colorado has more than four times the water compared with just a week ago. This was certainly not the case just last year.

We started fishing our beloved green drakes in clear water last time around on the Roaring Fork, which most folks can’t remember ever doing before. Change happens.

The Fryingpan River has been fishing much better now than it did last month. We’re all rejoicing (the fish included) with having higher and more normal water flows. Mysis shrimp are spilling out of the dam in good numbers with solid hatches of BWOs and midges midday to keep the trout well fed.

While the lower Roaring Fork below the Crystal River near Carbondale will be challenging to fish with runoff and discolored water, the middle and upper sections of the river typically run clear and remain fishable right on through mud season. Caddis are hatching in very good numbers during the afternoons into the evening hours. Stoneflies and BWOs are also on the menu throughout the river.

Conditions can and do change seemingly daily at this time of year. Don’t get frustrated; just get out of the box and fish “new” water or try a new technique or fly.

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


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