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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
Thursday - Saturday - 8am - 6pm
Sunday - Wednesday - 8am - 6pm
Guide School/Fishing camps dates for October 2018.
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It has certainly been an eventful week. The Lake Christine fire put more than a dent in 4th of July celebrations with many townsfolk being displaced while the fire raged. Even now, many are still displaced waiting to be permitted to return home. The fire is a third under control at the moment but it seems that the towns and houses have been saved while the fire is being allowed to burn itself out in the National Forest behind Basalt Mountain. There are forecasts for some rain mid week which will be most welcome.
Fishing conditions are good again and the Town is open for business.
The higher flows are great for the fish and good for the fishing. The flows have cleared out some sediment and the hatches have proliferated. A few PMD's are already about as well as BWO's and midges. There were reports of a few drakes closer to town as well.
On Sunday afternoon in the midst of some rain there was excellent dry fly fishing mid river as the fish took BWO's coming off. Conditions are excellent.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, 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 - 458cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The water is clear and the fishing is good as the flows continue to drop. There are drakes coming off in the evening now above Basalt.
The guides are tending to fish in the mornings and getting off the water early to mid afternoon as conditions heat up. The temperatures are starting to stress the fish low down in the heat of the afternoon so take care.
Try eggs and attractors. Try small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well. For emergers, the rs2 in black or gray. Also the sparkle wing rs2.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
Try PMD's, caddis and drake patterns in the evening.
Also try streamers.
There are reports of good fishing on the Colorado with PMD's, BWO's, Yellow Sallies, caddis all making an appearance. The temperatures are warming the water to the mid to high 60's which will stress the fish. So try and fish the mornings to mid afternoon.
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 as well.
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