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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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There are a lot of fishermen out on the river now finally getting a break from the forced incarceration. The water is now in excellent condition everywhere.
The floating is excellent.
They dropped the flows again to 117cfs to fill Ruedi. Currently Ruedi is at 94% and the inflow exceeds the outflow by only 50cfs. So I doubt it will fill. It is just a matter of time before releases pick up so enjoy the low water for the moment. The conditions are perfect and there is still plenty of room on the river. The PMD's are coming off as well as the caddis bringing the fish to the surface. It is just a matter of time before the drakes are here. The weather is perfect. No better time to be out and away from the madness.
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 - 557cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The Fork is 600cfs and still dropping. The water conditions are good at the moment. Just watchs the weather and the flows, but we have had a long hot spell now for 10 weeks with only a day or so rain, so it is possible that the runoff is well ahead of schedule. The fishing is excellent with drakes in the evening as well as caddis. Many trips are using double dries all the way down.
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.
For the stone fly nymphs good patterns continue to include the BB FB Epoxy 20 Incher, the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher and the CTB RL Epoxy 20 Incher. Also try drake nymphs such as the FPA Nymph, or the poxyback. For variety try the muskrat as well.
Use drakes and PMDs as well.
Also try streamers.
The Colorado is in excellent condition now with yellow sallies making a strong appearance. Steamers are also working well.
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.
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