Holiday fishing looking good this year in Eagle County
July 4, 2013
This week's holiday fishing should be very good on all area rivers, creeks and lakes.
While afternoon temperatures are soaring and we could definitely use some regular rains, the fishing has been very good. Water temperatures on the Eagle and Roaring Fork River are remaining cool and insect hatches are thick. High Country creeks and lakes are in prime shape. After a difficult year of extremely high water two years ago and very low water drought conditions last summer, this season's fly fishing has been and should remain very consistent with hungry trout keeping a bend in valley angler's rods.
The Eagle is still fishing very well for both float and wade anglers. Flows are dropping quickly however, and floating may not be an option for long. Strong hatches of tan caddis, PMDs and Yellow Sallies are a daily occurrence. The trout are willing to eat dry flies and nymphing riffles has been very effective. Hot weather may put the trout down for a couple hours in the afternoon.
Flies: Orange Parachute PMD Nos. 16-18, Elk Hair Caddis Yellow No. 16, Royal PMX Nos. 12-14, Quasimodo PT Nos. 14-18, Formerly Prince Nos.16-18.
Roaring Fork River
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The Fork has been nothing short of fantastic lately. Flows are perfect for float fishing, but now low enough for wade anglers to get in on the action. Regular hatches of Green Drakes, Caddis, PMDs and Yellow Sallies are making for an outstanding summer of dry fly fishing. Afternoons have been very hot in Glenwood Springs, so come prepared for heat and sun.
Flies: CDC Paradrake,Yellow Foam Caddis/Stone Nos. 14-16, Tan Foam Caddis Nos. 16, Trina's PMD Bubbleback Emerger Nos. 16-18, Beadhead Flashback Hare's Ear Nos. 14-18.
Flows on the Colorado are still below average but were recently bumped up a little. This should help with warmer afternoon water temperatures. The trout are still eating actively in fast riffle water. PMDs and caddis are hatching and now hoppers and other terrestrials will begin to play a larger role. Large foam dry fly patterns are beginning to get some aggressive takes. Opportunities for wading or floating are best anywhere from Pumphouse down to Catamount.
Flies: Noble Chernobyl Nos. 6-10, Fat Albert black and tan Nos. 6-10, Micromayfly olive and brown Nos. 16-20, Pat's Rubberleg brown Nos. 8-10.
Watch for the appearance of the Green Drake hatch any day on Gore Creek. Fishing a bushy Wulff pattern in the evening and even after dark will get the job done on the Gore. Flows are great for covering water and probing pocket water with a dry-dropper rig the entire length of Gore Creek.
Flies: Colorado Green Drake Nos. 12, Royal Wulff No. 10, H &L No. 12, Stimulators Nos. 10-16, Prince Nymph Nos. 12-18
With the heat and bright sun lately, remember to hydrate and utilize proper sun protection. Stop by the Vail Valley Anglers shop for sunscreen, a Buff and a water bottle. You'll feel much better at the end of a day of fishing by taking a few simple steps before you hit the water.
Brody Henderson is a Senior Guide with Vail Valley Anglers and can be reached at 970-926-0900.
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