Roaring Fork River
Flow: 278cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 521cfs Basalt, 788cfs Glenwood Springs
Conditions: Low and clear with plenty of foot and loads of boat traffic with dangerously increasing water temps–this is a great time to leave the boat at home for a while and brush up on your wade fishing in the upper elevations. Below the Crystal River, fishing conditions have been limited to early mornings with water temps frequently hitting 68’f in the afternoons. Catherine’s Store up to Aspen has seen cooler water temps thanks to the Frying Pan River and higher elevation, making for more ideal daily fishing conditions. Caddis, PMD, BWO and yellow sally stoneflies dominate right now with residual green drake sightings above Basalt. Fly selection can be varied with the multiple hatches taking place – just remember that as the river drops in volume our flies too also get smaller and the fish push further off the bank. The streamer bite has tapered off with the drop in water volume– popular colors have been yellow, white and black. Good hatches have been seen most every day and evening with plenty of fish looking up. Dry/dropper or nymph fishing catches a lot of fish too with tiny and shiny being the general rule of thumb.
Dries: Royal Stimulator, Renegade, Foam Elk Hair Caddis, Royal Humpy, PMXs, Chubby Chernobyls, Foamulators, Royal Wulff, H&L Variant, Drake Comparadun, Drake Cripples, Foam Humpy, CDC Comparadun BWO, Para. Adams
Nymphs: Lucent Sally, Tungsten Sally, Jig Sally, Jig Prince, 20 Inchers, Winged Drake Emerger, San Juan Worms, Tung Electric Caddis, Tungsten PTs, Perdigons, Frenchies, Jig Red Copper John, Barr Emerger PMD/BWO, PMD Halfback, Sunken Spinners, RS2’s, Biot Midge Emerger
Streamers: Dungeons, Sparkle Minnows, Double Bunnies, Skully Buggers, Sculpzillas