On the Fly: Sorry honey, gone fishing
On the Fly
There are quite a few fishing widows and widowers throughout the valley this week trying to remember what their significant others look like. The green drake hatch is tough on most relationships, especially ones in the early stages. Despite our grueling schedule at the fly shop, most of us are hopping in the boat or hitting our favorite wading spots every night. The fishing is just that good, and we know it won’t last forever, at least until next year.
It really is like Kirk described last week in “On the Fly.” The days and nights start to blur together, and the funny happenings, tragedies and snafus stick with you more than the numbers of fish caught or how the hatch came off. Just last night, a rod went over the side of the dory and was found later, in addition to a pair of sunglasses and a fly box, all miraculously recovered. Fishing in the dark can get a little hectic to say the least, but those minor miracles stick with you through the blur.
Even though they get second billing, caddis are hatching heavily up and down the Roaring Fork, too; they usually hatch in swarms before, during and after the green drakes. The drakes here love to hatch just as the light begins to fade away and the usually go strong until dark. After that, it’s time to tie that caddis dry fly back on!
If midday better suits your schedule, pale morning duns are coming off in huge numbers from noon until 4 p.m., especially on the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. The Pale Morning Dun Mayflies on the Fryingpan are still gathering strength and are popping in good numbers on the cloudier days right now. Basically, if you’re a dry-fly junkie, it’s all about being in the right place at the right time. Just let your significant other know you’ll be back around one of these days, once things slow down. If they don’t change the locks on the front door, that is.
“On the Fly” is provided weekly by the staff at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt.
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Peter Arnold’s playing career ended after high school, but his time on the ice continues a few decades later. A longtime USA Hockey official and new Aspen resident, Arnold is searching for the next generation of hockey referees among the youth ranks here in the Roaring Fork Valley.