Fly Fishing Report for the 4 main rivers in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Roaring Fork River, Frying Pan River, Colorado River and the Crystal River. The fishing report is updated regularly so check back often for current information. If you have any questions call us or contact us for the most current conditions and fly fishing report. We also have a hatch chart available for general bug hatch information.
The Frying Pan River is fishing great even though it is flowing at a higher than normal rate. The summer bugs are still happening, especially from 6 miles up, but the shear numbers of bugs will be less. We have been seeing some mud in the lower Frying Pan recently but it has been clearing quickly. You can have awesome days as we move closer to fall, especially on cloudy days.
If you find the Upper Frying Pan River near the dam is too dam crowded, the middle and lower Frying Pan River is a great change of pace. Flies are similar, but concentrate on deeper pools and look for places that aren't normally fished..
Call us for current conditions or stop by to find out more before wading.
Dries: Pink Cahill, Foam Caddis, Crystal Stimulator, Missing Link Drake, CDC Para Drake, Lucent Wing Drake, Film Critic, Para Extended PMD, Para Wulff PMD, Sprout PMD
Mysis: Cravens Mysis, Epoxy Mysis, BTS Mysis
Nymphs: Poxy Back Drake, Anatomical Drake, Drake Crawler, Bat Wing PMD, Barr's Flashback Emerger, Orange Julius
Streamers: Black or White Chain Reaction, Autumn Splendor. Zuddlers. (Look, no one talks about streamers on the Frying Pan, but they work! Try em.)
The Roaring Fork River has been fishing well and flows are falling slowly, barring any 'Gullywashers'. The Green Drakes are steadily moving upstream with PMD's, Caddis and Yellow Sallies also hatching during the day. The best Green Drake action can be found in the evening, late in the evening. Stay until you can't see your flies, then keep fishing. Best patterns to use will have white wings and maybe even a white tail, the more white the better to see, as the light fades. Don't forget to grab some Drake Cripples for your box, they work.
Call us for current conditions or stop by to find out more before floating or wading.
Dries: H & L Variant, Rio Grande Trude, Foam Drake, Hair Wing Drake, Drake Cripple, Foam Caddis, Pink Cahill, Rubber Leg Crystal Stimulator, Para Wulff PMD, Golden Fluttering Stone, Rusty Spinner
Nymphs: Poxy Back Drake, Anatomical Drake, Drake Crawler, Kyle's Sally, Iron Sally, Bat Wing PMD, Barr's Flashback Emerger, Lively's Beady B, G's Drowned Spinner, LeBug, Pat's Rubber legs
Streamers: Sunrise Sculpzilla, Goldie, Chain Reaction, Belly Dancer
The Crystal River is looking better and better each day. Flow is below 800cfs and dropping. Time to get out there and hit them with some dry - dropper action. A Stimulator with a FFKA, BH Flashback Pheasant tail or Yellow Sally nymph should do the trick. In general use attractor patterns, you don't need to match the hatch on the Crystal River to catch fish, just get their attention.
Dries: Stoneflies, Rubber Leg Stimulators, Crystal Stimulators, Foam Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis, Para Wulff Adams
Nymphs: FFKA, BH FB Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, Stones, Princes - BH & non-BH
See the Colorado River on the Wave Park Webcam.
The Colorado River is running green and beautiful for the most part. Some early season rain can put a little color in the river but higher flows tend to push it out quickly. It is still higher than we usually have this time of year but we aren't complaining. We expect to have good flows throughout the summer and nice cool water.
The Green Drakes have passed through already but we still have PMD's, Caddis and Yellow Sallies popping off midday and evenings, with the occasional Golden Stone popping off. Nymphing is productive or try a Foam Stonefly or Hopper with a dropper rig instead of an all nymph rig.
Call us for current conditions before you come up.
Dries: Rio Grande Trude, Foam Caddis, Pink Cahill, Rubber Leg Crystal Stimulator, Para Wulff PMD, Golden Fluttering Stone, Rusty Spinner
Nymphs: Kyle's Sally, Iron Sally, Bat Wing PMD, Barr's Flashback Emerger, Lively's Beady B, G's Drowned Spinner, LeBug, Pat's Rubber Legs, 20 inchers
Streamers: Sculpzilla, Goldie, Chain Reaction, Belly Dancer, Big Head
Beaver Run Ranch on Woody Creek is open to our guided clients and it is phenomenal! A 12-15 lb rainbow was landed on the 10th. We also have other private lakes & ponds that can produce some Kodak moments.
Harvey Gap (Grass Valley) and Rifle Gap Reservoirs are on for pike as well as smallmouth bass. The Colorado is out of its banks in places, and carp have been showing up in these slough areas.
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