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On the fly: Opportunities abound

Will Sands
Special to The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – Extended fishing opportunities abound this week, and anglers should take advantage.

Generally at this time of the month, the Roaring Fork should be in the beginning stages of runoff – especially below the confluence of the Crystal River. Cooler weather this past week has slowed snow melt, however, and we are experiencing some very good fishing that would not normally be available. Thus, anglers have the choice to still fish the Fork for a bit longer.

This week, the hatch often referred to as the “Mother’s Day” caddis has been in full swing. Many years we are unable to fish this hatch on the Roaring Fork because the river is already too high and muddy as a result of runoff. Since the weather has delayed this a bit, anglers can still take advantage of some superb nymph fishing and very good caddis dry-fly fishing, probably through the weekend. With warmer weather predicted, this window is not going to last too much longer. Currently, the hatch is densest between Basalt and Glenwood Springs and will move up valley as the week’s progress.



We often talk about our valley’s hatches as moving upvalley, and this is a result of water temperatures. Hatches begin as a result of warming water temperatures; since downvalley weather warms earlier, the hatches begin in Glenwood Springs and progress upvalley throughout the season depending on what insect hatch is taking place.

Focus primarily on caddis imitations this week, but be sure to have a few stoneflies and blue winged olives as well. The hot caddis nymph, or pupa patterns, this week are the yuba pupa, nuclear caddis, z-wing caddis and peacock soft hackle. Caddis dries that have been producing well are the medallion caddis, E/C caddis and peacock caddis. Be sure to have a few Pat’s Rubber legged stones, golden wired stones and pandemic BWOs and BLMs to round out the bug quiver.


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