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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 - 5pm
Sunday - Wednesday - 8am - 5pm
Guide School/Fishing camps dates for October 2018.
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Another week of warm weather and the outlook for the coming week is more hot weather. Maybe a shower or two but generally clear. It has been suggested that the rivers have already peaked out. The Colorado graph is already pointing down and the weather has remained hot. The Fork is higher this week than last week but not by much. The Pan is back to 113cfs as the Bureau is obviously trying to fill Ruedi. If this is the peak, the fishing will be good without any run-off. However when the hot weather arrives in August, it will be tough lower down the Fork in the afternoons.
So make your plans to come up. If the Fork doesn't rise any further, the floating will be good from now on. Check in with the shop for updates.
The river is clear and the fishing is good with the higher flows now giving the fish a little more cover. Strong hatches and clear skies, with few fishermen out on the river makes for a great time to come up for a few days.
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 - 837cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The flows have held at these levels for a week now, so the water will be clearing and if it falls the fishing will be good. Just watch the flows to see if the peak has passed.
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.
Also try streamers.
In run-off mode. Just come up to the Frying Pan or the upper Fork.
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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