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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
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The Fork has peaked out as the early runoff has ended and the water conditions have cleared well. The Colorado is also in good condition. Ruedi is only 74% full and with the inflow over 340cfs while the outflow remains at 98cfs, the level is gradually rising.
It has been hot each day with the temperatures in the 90's over the weekend. The rivers are not busy yet so it is a good time to come up before the crowds arrive.
With the flows below the inflow, the protection for fish in the river is limited so they are tending to keep low in the bright light. It is just a matter of finding them in the deeper sections. The hatches are quite strong now with PMD's in the evening as well as midges and bwo's in the shade. Caddis also abound.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, caddis and PMD's.
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 - 1200cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The flows are at 1200cfs and coming down quickly. Runoff is over given the last few hot days and the falling flows. So the conditions are good with the high clear water.
Try 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.
Use caddis as well and for variety, try streamers.
The conditions are improving while the flows are coming down. It is big water, but it will be very accessible soon.
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