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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.
Guide School/Fishing Camp dates for April/May 2019
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The Bureau has increased the releases up to 310cfs making for better flows in the fork but moderately challenging flows in the narrower sections of the Pan. The water is still clearing as this is the highest the flows have been in the Pan all year and there is still some material on the edges which needs clearing out. Overall it will be good to clear out some of the debris and make for excellent fishing into Autumn, the favorite time of year for locals.
It was very hot this past week with temperatures in the mid 90's for some time. It is a last gasp as the time for getting discount early bird ski passes closed on Friday. That is how late it is!! Time flies. But the water flows now guarantee great fishing and decent flows from Basalt down for a little while. The flows have to drop back by October 1st so we will see if that happens.
The weather will remain in the high a70's to low 80's over the next week, so bring sunscreen.
With the flows at 310cfs it is now a little tougher wading in the narrower sections of the Pan, but the fish will love it and spread them out more. In addition, the higher flows will clear the edges of silt and improve the mayfly hatches. It is all good.
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 - 420cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The higher flows have improved the prospects for good fishing as the increased water will spread the fish out a little. The floating will also improve from Carbondale down.
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 and is the preferred destination of our guides at the moment. See some recent photos from the Colorado.
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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