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Fishing report: Fryingpan ‘at its best’

Janet Urquhart
Pitkin County Correspondent
Vail CO, Colorado
Janet Urquhart/The Aspen TimesTaylor Smith, 12, of Arvada, Colo. releases a rainbow trout at the inlet to Ruedi Reservoir, east of Basalt on Saturday. Smith estimated he caught and released "like 50" trout that morning, where the upper Fryingpan River enters the reservoir. Fishing was also hot below the reservoir.

BASALT, Colorado ” Gluttonous trout made for gleeful anglers on the Fryingpan River above Basalt this past weekend.

Members of the Colorado Women Flyfishers joined the crowd on the river and had a heyday ” make that three straight heydays ” reported Judy Norman, club member and an Aspen fishing guide.

“It was phenomenal. I’ve have never seen so many bugs in my life. I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said. “They were hitting green drake flies like crazy.”

PMDs and blue-wing olive patterns were also enticing trout, Norman said. “We fished dries the entire time.”

“The Fryingpan is pretty much fishing at its best right now, agreed Kirk Webb at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt.

The Pan is seeing green drake action from Basalt to the dam from about 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (try a size 12 drake pattern) and a PMD hatch (size 16) from about noon to 3 p.m., Webb said. Also look for blue-wing olives (size 20) on the middle and upper Pan and rusty spinner action from about 7:30 p.m. until it’s dark.

On the Roaring Fork River, anglers will still find green drake hatches sporadically during the midday and each evening on the upper Fork, between Aspen and Woody Creek, Webb said.

On the rest of the Fork, Webb suggested nymphing with prince nymphs (sizes 14-16), pheasant tails (16-18), red copper Johns (14-16) and caddis nymph patterns like the Z-wing caddis in sizes 14-16.

When it’s overcast, the streamer fishing has been good, he added.

The dry-fly fishing during a float on the middle Fork was hot on Sunday evening, reported Dave Johnson, owner of Crystal Fly Shop in Carbondale. Trout were rising to dries, including caddis, stonefly patterns (try a madam X) and PMDs, he said.

Clarity on the Colorado River is day-to-day, given the recent cycle of thunderstorms, said Drew Reid at Roaring Fork Anglers in Glenwood Springs. When the Colorado and lower Roaring Fork are fishable, Reid recommends streamers in the morning ” try an autumn splendor or black woolly bugger, he said. Later, a hopper-dropper combination is a good choice with a red copper John, prince nymph or ” get this ” the fly formerly known as prince as the dropper off a grasshopper pattern. The FKA prince, by the way, is a lot like the standard prince nymph, but with more flash, Reid explained.

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