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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 releases have been put up to 300cfs in the Pan this evening which is excellent for the Fork down from Basalt. The Fork is at 500cfs. This is a welcome relief from the lower water and will serve to flush same material out of the Pan over the next day or so. As families leave to go back to school and I-70 is open again, the rivers will be less crowded and the fishing will be excellent.
With the flows pushed up to 300cfs for a few days, a lot of sediment which accumulated from last year will get pushed out over the next day of so benefitting the bugs and the fishing. The reports of PMD hatches have been excellent as well as drakes closer to the dam. Ideal conditions as we move past the peak of tourist season and settle into the best fishing of the year.
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.
There will also be caddis and crane flies in the evening.
Current Flow: near Emma - 500cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The in creased releases from the Pan have pushed the Fork up nicely from Basalt down. The water will be a little cooler and the floating a little easier. Conditions are good.
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 voluntary closure and the mud flows from the Canyon make the Colorado unfishable.
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