Rivers fishing well this year
Pitkin County Correspondent
Vail CO, Colorado
ROARING FORK VALLEY, Colorado ” Take your pick: The Roaring Fork, Fryingpan and Colorado rivers are all fishing well, according to area angling guides.
While nymph fishing is often the best bet on the Roaring Fork and Colorado as summer creeps perceptibly toward autumn, a tremendous evening caddis hatch erupted at dusk Thursday on the Colorado, reported Steve DiCampo at Roaring Fork Anglers in Glenwood Springs.
During the day, he suggests a hopper-dropper combination with a 20-incher, gold-ribbed hare’s ear or small prince nymph for the dropper.
Hoppers are working well on the lower Roaring Fork, but watch for a midday blue-wing olive hatch there, advised Dave Johnson at Crystal Fly Shop in Carbondale.
An Aspen Times angling informant reported a stellar day on the upper Roaring Fork, between Aspen and Woody Creek, on Thursday. “Any big nymph” trailing a large dry caddis did the trick, he said.
The Fork is seeing unusual numbers of golden stoneflies these days, according to Tim Heng at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt. Try a golden stonefly nymph pattern and, for a dry fly, a yellow stimulator, he advised.
Flows on the Fryingpan River above Basalt have been bumped up to about 320 cubic feet per second of late, Heng said, but the Pan continues to fish well, with hatches of green drakes and PMDs and a few blue-wing olives, particularly on overcast days. Watch for an evening caddis hatch and a rusty spinner fall at dusk, he added.
“People have been catching a lot of fish,” Heng said.