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July 18, 2013
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Eagle County fish continue biting

This week on local trout streams fly fishing prospects remain excellent.

Water levels are a tad lower than average, but, on the Eagle River, water temperatures are still ideal and insect hatches continue to keep the trout active. Recent afternoon thunderstorms are supplementing flows and keeping drought conditions at bay.

Elsewhere, the Roaring Fork River remains a great option and small streams like Deep Creek are at their best. Smaller flies and more precise presentations may be necessary to fool trout that have seen an abundance of flies drift through their feeding lanes already this summer.

Low, clear water, shorter and less intense hatches, and fat, happy rainbows and browns dictate concentrating on early morning and evening feeding times, while cloudy afternoons will also make for ideal angling.

Eagle River

Flows are perfect for wading fishermen. Holding areas are now clearly defined and trout have pulled off the banks and into deeper runs and riffles.

Hatches of small tan caddis, PMDs and yellow sallies are still showing daily along with midges and some hoppers.

Both dry fly and nymph fishing remains productive. Try the Eagle Vail area for some great wade fishing.

Flies: Yellow PMX Nos. 6-14, Parachute Adams Nos. 16-20, Elk Hair Caddis Nos. 16-18, Pheasant Tail Nos. 16-22, PMD Barr Emerger Nos. 16-20.

Colorado River

Flows are up and clarity is day to day. Water temperatures are on the warm side so look for larger trout in fast riffles.

Tricos are hatching in big numbers every morning. Hoppers are now a big part of the menu for trout on the Colorado. Look for risers on bubble and foam lines. Floating is the best option now, and below State Bridge, the fishing has been very good.

Flies: Schroeder’s Parachute Hopper Nos. 6-12, Renegade Nos. 16-20, San Juan Worm Pink and Red, Red Copper John Nos. 12-18, Tan Sculpzilla Nos. 4-8.

Roaring Fork River

Flows have dropped very sharply on the Roaring Fork, but fly fishing conditions are holding up very well. Mornings are best with cooler water temperatures and good hatches of caddis, Golden stoneflies and PMDs.

Riffles and faster runs have been holding the largest numbers of trout. Wade fishermen should look upstream towards Jaffee Park for great fishing while float anglers are still doing very well from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs.

Flies: Royal PMX Nos. 6-16, Melon Quill Nos. 16-16, Yellow Foam Stone Nos. 14-16, Quasimodo Pheasant tailNos. 16-20, Formerly Prince Nos. 16-18

Do take care of our resident trout. Please take the time to revive any fish that seems lethargic after being landed.

Place them into the current and let them get some oxygen back into their system before allowing them to swim away under their own power. A little care goes a long ways towards ensuring good fishing in the future.

Brody Henderson is a senior guide with Vail Valley Anglers and can be reached at 970-926-0900.


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The VailDaily Updated Jul 18, 2013 09:50PM Published Jul 19, 2013 08:47AM Copyright 2013 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.