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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 - 9am - 5pm
Sunday - Thursday - 9am - 5pm
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As suggested would happen, the Bureau dropped the flows back to the inflows during the past week, so now the Pan is flowing at 83cfs. There has been a consequential reduction in the flows of the Fork at Basalt so now it is at 358cfs. We are now at winter flows.
The weather for the coming week is predicted to be clear and warm with temperatures in the mid to high 60's. With clear skies, expect the overnight temperatures to dip into freezing. So there won't be any hurry to get out onto the rivers until things have warmed a little.
With the rivers dropping and the nights drawing in, there is now an acute awareness of the pending winter. So enjoy these conditions while you can. Time passes and before long it will be dark and cold and we will be counting the days until the warmer weather returns. So if you can make your way up here for a last trip before the cold arrives, we would love to see you.
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A dramatic drop in the flows with the Bureau cutting back to the inflows. So now most of the river is accessible. There are still great hatches and with the outlook for warm days for the next week, the fishing should be great. The fish will relocate to deeper sections of the river and will try and seek protection in the riffles on the bright days. A good week is in prospect.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, pmd's and drakes, both nymphs and dries.
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.
There are also October caddis about as well.
Current Flow: near Emma - 358cfs (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.
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.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
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 as well.
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