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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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Withthe flows in the Pan now at 200cfs and the temperatures generally a little cooler, the condition of the rivers is fine. As we move into August one can feel the cooler air in the evening. The rain last week also cooled off things a little. The guides are still preferring to fish earlier in the day getting off a little after midday.
Fishing conditions have been excellent on the upper Fork and the Frying Pan. The forecast is for cloudy weather with temperatures in the 80's. There will be a chance of rain so be prepared when out on the river.
There is good fishing now on drakes and PMD's as well as BWO's and midges. At 200cfs the conditions are ideal.
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 - 323cfs (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. There are drakes coming off in the evening now above Basalt.
The guides are tending to fish in the mornings and getting off the water early to mid afternoon as conditions heat up.
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.
Try PMD's, caddis and drake patterns in the evening.
Also try streamers.
There are reports of good fishing on the Colorado as the water clears from recent rains.
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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