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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
Friday and Saturday - 9am - 5pm
Sunday - Thursday - 9am - 5pm
With lower flows, leaves still on the trees and beautiful autumn weather, visitors turned up this week to enjoy the period before winter kicks in. How long will it last? Who know? But the weather man is predicting generally great weather for the next week so it will go on a little longer.
We had some great afternoon hatches this week with nice numbers of BWO's coming off, a few drakes and caddis and the last of the PMD's. The hatches tend to be a little later in the day so there is no rush to get out. The Pan is excellent at the moment. The conditions in the Fork and the Colorado are also excellent. But the Pan is the most reliable at the moment.
Our guide school/fishing camp just ended and was a great success. We have posted a few photos and will post more over the coming week. We will post dates of next years pre-season schools in a day or so.
We are now posting photos separately to make the loading of the report easier for your computer. You can see the latest photos: Fly Fishing Photos.
The fish have relocated with the lower water and are nejoying great hatches in the afternoon down to mid river. The lower levels have increased the intensity of the afternoon hatches. It is as if the survival and reproductive cycle has kicked into overdrive with the lower flows which bring the river to its natural flow at this time of year. The outflows match the inflows, so it is as it should be.
The coming week promises more great weather and with leaves still on some trees there is still some color to enjoy with temperatures in the low to mid 60's. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, pmd's and drakes, both nymphs and dries.
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 are also October caddis about as well.
Current Flow: near Emma - 288cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
With the lower flows in the Fork the floating is now confined to below Carbondale. The lower flows also make access to most of the Fork easier.
In the bright light the fish tended to hug the bottom so it is a matter of getting down to them. The water conditions are perfect and the browns are aggressively chasing streamers.
Concentrate on smaller flies.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
The Colorado is generally in good condition and affords some great floating. The effective flies are getting smaller, but streamers are still yielding good results.
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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