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Fishing report: It’s fall " fish accordingly

Janet Urquhart
Pitkin County correspondent
Vail CO, Colorado
Jordan Curet/The Aspen TimesCam Scott tries his luck on the Roaring Fork River near Basalt on a recent evening. "It's a good time to be out there," says the staffer at Taylor Creek Fly Shop.
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Cam Scott tries his luck on the Roaring Fork River near Basalt on a recent evening. “It’s a good time to be out there,” says the staffer at Taylor Creek Fly Shop.

Cam Scott tries his luck on the Roaring Fork River near Basalt on a recent evening. “It’s a good time to be out there,” says the staffer at Taylor Creek Fly Shop.ENLARGE

BASALT, Colorado ” The crowds have thinned out, but so have some of the insect hatches. It’s fall fishing season on the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork rivers.



The Fryingpan is continuing to see midday hatches of green drakes and PMDs, and the blue-wing olive hatches are picking up, according to Cam Scott at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt. Watch for morning midge hatches, as well, he advised.

“It’s going to just keep getting better and better,” Scott said, regarding the BWO hatches. “It’s a good time to be out there.”



Morning and evening hatches of BWOs on the Fryingpan throughout September and October ” particularly on overcast days ” should keep dry-fly anglers happy, he said.

He recommends several BWO patterns ” the CDC loopwing emerger and Roy’s Fryingpan emerger, as well as the CDC winged baetis for a dry-fly fishing.

The Roaring Fork has given over primarily to nymph fishing, area guides report.



Scott suggested stonefly nymphs or a prince nymph with a pheasant tail dropper on the Fork.

A purple prince nymph did the trick on the upper Fork, in Aspen, on Sunday, reported one Aspen Times angling source.

On the lower Roaring Fork, trout are still hitting grasshopper patterns, especially in the afternoons after the BWO hatch, reported Dave Johnson at Crystal Fly Shop in Carbondale. He suggested a hopper/dropper combination on the lower Fork with a D-River as the dropper.

The Colorado River in the Glenwood Springs area has been fishing exceptionally well, agreed Johnson and Drew Reid at Roaring Fork Anglers in Glenwood.

There are both BWO and big sulpher PMDs hatching on the Colorado, said Johnson. He suggested the D-River and bubbleback emerger patterns.

Reid suggested a hopper-dropper combo on the Colorado, with a beadhead prince nymph (sizes 12 to 16) or red copper John as the dropper. Streamer fishing ” Reid likes the autumn splendor pattern ” has also been productive, he said.

janet@aspentimes.com


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