On the Fly: Things are looking up out there now that we have ‘sprung forward’
On the Fly
Our fishing days are a bit longer now that we have “sprung forward.” If you’re thinking about wetting a line in the valley this week, there have been some major improvements in fishing conditions out there.
Most rivers (including the Fryingpan, Roaring Fork, and Colorado) have been experiencing an awakening in regards to insect hatches and dissipation of ice shelves along the banks. On the upper Roaring Fork, for example, the edge ice has mostly disappeared this past week, and the river is looking pretty good! The deep snow doesn’t make access easy, but once you fight your way to the river, you’re in the clear.
Anglers on the Fryingpan River have enjoyed much-improved dry fly hatches lately that have been starting earlier in the mornings and lasting later into the afternoon. We’re only seeing midges aloft right now, but stocking up on blue winged olive dries (for the next hatch around the corner) is a good idea. The middle and lower Fryingpan, like the upper Roaring Fork, has improved steadily this week, with most sections of the river now open from bank to bank.
It’s always a little warmer down-valley, and this past week has been no exception. Most anglers in the know would tell you this is the best fishing part of the valley lately (if they like you, that is). Whether you float or wade the lower Roaring Fork or Colorado west of Glenwood Springs, the bite down there has been strong.
Anglers and fish alike are getting spring fever, yet we all know we’re not out of the winter woods quite yet. Choose your battles out there for a while longer — fishing when it’s warm, and plying the right areas in the river are key for a successful day astream. It’s time to dust off those waders, clean up your fly line, tie on a fresh leader, and go find a few fish this week. You’ll be glad you did!
This report is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at 970-927-4374 or TaylorCreek.com.