On the Fly: Water colors
August 28, 2006
Anglers were seeing red, literally, last weekend, but local rivers have cleared back up after a deluge on Saturday discolored the water from Basalt down to Glenwood Springs.A small tributary to the Fryingpan River blew out Saturday and turned the bottom 2 to 3 miles of the Pan as red as the cliffs that rise above it. The Fork, below its confluence with the Fryingpan at Basalt, turned a similar shade, sending the red water into the already coffee-with-cream-colored Colorado River at Glenwood Springs.”I’ve never seen it so red,” said Jen Logfren at Frying Pan Anglers in Basalt.Above the blowout, though, the fishing on the Fryingpan remained hot despite the rain, with anglers taking trout on blue-wing olives, she said.By midday Sunday, the lower Pan was just a bit off-color and Aspen fishing guide Judy Norman reported browns and rainbows striking like crazy at both a copper John and the prince nymph she trailed behind it.Monday, the Frypingpan was back to “gin clear,” according to Will Sands at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt.The Roaring Fork River is in good shape from Aspen down to Snowmass Creek; anglers should look for midday hatches of blue-wing olives and pale morning duns, according to Kirk Webb at Taylor Creek.The Fork remained discolored below its confluence with the Crystal River in Carbondale on Monday, but could be back in shape for anglers today, barring more rain. Webb suggests blue-wing olives and pale morning duns at midday on the Fork between Basalt and Glenwood, and caddis flies in the evening.On the Fryingpan, Webb suggests BWOs early and late, and green drakes and PMDs at midday. San Juan worms, hoppers and size 18 pheasant tails and hare’s ears are also good bets on the lower Roaring Fork, according to Drew Reid at Roaring Fork Anglers in Glenwood.The Colorado River, fishable last week in Glenwood Canyon and below town, was back to muddy – enough so that the red clay flowing in from the Roaring Fork on Saturday didn’t really matter, according to Reid.