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For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended
Thursday - Saturday - 8am - 6pm
Sunday - Wednesday - 8am - 6pm
Guide School/Fishing camps dates for October 2018.
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The weather has cooled a little and the heavy rain last weekend is still bringing a little color down from the upper Colorado. The Pan and Fork though are perfect.
There are some drakes in the evenings low down the Fork as well as PMD's, midges, yellow sallies and caddis. The Pan is still down at 110cfs with decent hatches during the day.
The conditions are excellent now, so enjoy the conditions before it gets too hot and the rivers warm lower down.
The river is clear and the fishing is good. The lower flows don't give the fish much cover so they will remain in the deeper sections until the hatches start in earnest. A few PMD's are already about as well as BWO's and midges. Conditions are excellent.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, egg patterns.
For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BDV mysis.
The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try Wilson's Reverse Candy Cane #20, red and black chironocones #20, nick's larva in miracle pink, olive, and purple back, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, rainbow warriors, black polywings #18 - #22 and bling midges # 18 - #22.
Current Flow: near Emma - 691cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The water is clear and the fishing is good as the flows continue to drop.
Try eggs and attractors. Try small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well. For emergers, the rs2 in black or gray. Also the sparkle wing rs2.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
Also try streamers.
With the peak having passed there are reports of good fishing on the Colorado with PMD's, BWO's, Yellow Sallies, caddis all making an appearance. The rain last week blew out the upper Colorado and the after effects are still being noted at the moment. That will pass.
For stonefly nymphs use the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher, rubberleg patterns such as Mike's BTB Coffee/Black and the Halloween Speckled Girdle Bug, with midges, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.
Try streamers as well.
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