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For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended
Friday and Saturday - 8am - 4pm
Sunday - Thursday - 8am - 4pm
Guide School/Fishing camps dates for April 2017.
The past week was colder with a little snow. The ski fields have not benefitted much even though they claim to have had up to 17" in the last week. They must have had one of those fishermen's tape measures out.
It is going to get colder in the coming week with the possibility of more snow. We had a few fishermen up this weekend enjoying some lovely weather, particularly on Sunday. It is very quiet at the moment as we wait for winter to arrive. There is still good access at the moment as the minimal snow has not built up along the edges and it hasn't been cold enough to freeze the river.
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The fish have relocated with the lower water and are enjoying hatches in the afternoon down to mid river. The colder weather has kicked in but there are still some good hatches in the middle of the day in the sun.
It won't be long until we are limited to fishing closer to the dam with midges and eggs. So enjoy the last few days while the opportunity persists.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, and egg patterns.
For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BDV mysis.
The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try Wilson's Reverse Candy Cane #20, red and black chironocones #20, nick's larva in miracle pink, olive, and purple back, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, rainbow warriors, black polywings #18 - #22 and bling midges # 18 - #22.
Current Flow: near Emma - 230cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
With the lower flows in the Fork the floating is now confined to below Carbondale. The lower flows also make access to most of the Fork easier.
We have not had much snow so access for wade fishing is still perfect and it has not been cold enough to freeze the edges of the river yet.
In the bright light the fish tended to hug the bottom so it is a matter of getting down to them. The water conditions are perfect and the browns are aggressively chasing streamers.
Concentrate on smaller flies and egg patterns.
The Colorado is generally in good condition and affords some great floating. The effective flies are getting smaller, but streamers are still yielding good results.
For stonefly nymphs use the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher, rubberleg patterns such as Mike's BTB Coffee/Black and the Halloween Speckled Girdle Bug, with midges, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.
Try streamers and eggs as well.
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