OUR JOURNAL

A collection of news, features & interesting things.

  • Roaring Fork River Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 96cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 401cfs Basalt, 602cfs Glenwood Springs Conditions: Low, clear and cold water conditions and vastly improved fishing. BWOs are certainly the main event now with sporadic hopper, trico and midge hatches. The streamer fishing has also picked-up significantly lately with fall and the brown trout spawn quickly approaching. After a rough summer of low…

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  • Crystal River Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 65 cfs/Redstone, 7 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: Very low water conditions along the lower river below Avalanche Creek. The river above Redstone has been fishing significantly better. Still low and clear, stealth is of huge importance. The deeper pools and seams are certainly fishing best early and late in the day with the cold water. During the warmth…

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  • Frying Pan River Report

    Frying Pan River Flow: 292cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: Higher flows are expected to stay around until October. A varied mix of late summer and early fall insects are hatching including: green drakes/flavs, PMDs, Rusty Spinners, BWOs, midges, micro caddis and mysis shrimp. The abundance of hatches creates awfully happy fish and sometimes frustrated anglers, as it can often be hard…

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  • Colorado River Report

    Colorado River – Flow: 1,800 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: Colorado River brown with about 1-2’ft of visibility. Fishing closures were lifted several weeks ago and fishing has resumed. It’s not easy fishing out there by any means but some fish have been landed recently. Attractor patterns like stoneflies, worms, princes, beaded jigs like perdigons or rain drops and the like are…

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  • Roaring Fork River Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 178cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 376cfs Basalt, 535cfs Glenwood Springs Conditions: Significantly improved after a few weeks of monsoonal rains – clarity is also perfect now! In fact, the noon river closures below Carbondale have expired for the time being. That said, you should still be conscious of the water temperatures during the afternoons and evenings if they…

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  • Crystal River Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 140 cfs/Redstone, 109 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: August and September yield the best fishing of the entire year along the mighty Crystal! Despite several mudslides weeks ago, the Crystal River has cleared very nicely and is in great, fishable shape again! Look for the best fishing to take place above mile marker 61 where water flows are greater…

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  • Frying Pan River Report

    Frying Pan River Flow: Expected to go to 300cfs by the end of Monday 8/16. Conditions: Higher flows, clear and cold. This is the month for Green Drakes to hatch in abundance along the river! Hatches of PMDs and BWOs are also being seen daily. The infamous Frying Pan serratella also begins its annual appearance this month! Don’t overlook the…

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  • Roaring Fork Report

    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…

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  • Crystal River Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 196 cfs/Redstone, 126 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: Great level for dry fly fishing right now!  Low and clear water with the best fishing occurring above Redstone where water temps are ideal (cooler). The lower river in Carbondale is seeing the best fishing take place during the morning hours with fishing tapering off after 1pm. Keep in mind, covering…

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  • Frying Pan River Report

    Frying Pan River Flow: 143cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: Clear, cold and recently increased flows have benefitted the hatches, fish and angler. Crowds are heavy on a daily basis. Hatches are consisting of PMDs and BWOs below the dam with sporadic caddis hatches along the lower river. Look for the best dry fly fishing to occur during the afternoon hours of…

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  • Colorado River Report–RIVER CLOSED TO FISHING

    Colorado River – Flow: 2170 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: ALL DAY FISHING CLOSURE DUE TO HIGH WATER TEMPERATURES FROM KREMMLING TO RIFLE.  THIS CLOSURE IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE UNTIL SOMETIME IN SEPTEMBER. Flies Dries: N/A Nymphs: N/A Streamers: N/A

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  • Roaring Fork River Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 383cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 610cfs Basalt, 1120cfs Glenwood Springs Conditions: The river has reached peak runoff and is now rapidly decreasing. Water clarity has been superb and very fishable throughout its entirety (a true rarity for the time of year). Even below the Crystal River we’re seeing great visibility most days! Caddis, PMD and yellow sally stoneflies…

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  • Crystal River Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 318 cfs/Redstone, 279 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: The Crystal has quickly dropped to some great levels for fly fishing—just high enough to push a lot of fish into really obvious places—and just low enough that the dry fly fishing has really picked up over the last week.  Keep in mind, covering water on the Crystal makes more of…

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  • Frying Pan River Report

    Frying Pan River Flow: 111cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: As is frequently the norm, low and clear water conditions are present. Hatches are consisting of PMDs and BWOs below the dam with sporadic caddis hatches along the lower river. Look for the best dry fly fishing to occur during the afternoon hours of 12-4pm. Light fluorocarbon tippets of 6x and 7x…

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  • Colorado River Report

    Colorado River – Flow: 2670 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: Variable water clarity due to recent mudslides in Glenwood Canyon. Currently less than a foot of water-vis is present and is not very fishable. Hatches have consisted of Yellow Sally’s and PMDs midday with caddis in the evening hours. With the off-colored water, higher visibility flies like San Juan Worms, Rubberlegs, Prince…

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  • Roaring Fork River Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 920cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 1230cfs Basalt, 2760cfs Glenwood Springs Conditions: The river has reached peak runoff and is now rapidly decreasing. Water clarity has been superb and very fishable throughout its entirety (a true rarity for the time of year). Even below the Crystal River we’re seeing 2-3’ft of viz! Caddis and stoneflies dominate right now in…

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  • Colorado River Report

    Colorado River – Flow: 5050 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: Low snowpack and a light runoff has yielded surprisingly clearer and lower water conditions than normal for this time of year. Currently about 2’ ft of water-vis is present with a clear/brown tint. Green drakes should be seen in the next 7-14days! Typical high-water/runoff flies like stoneflies, caddis, green drake nymphs, cranefly…

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  • Frying Pan River Report

    Frying Pan River Flow: 114cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: As is frequently the norm, low and clear water conditions are present. Hatches are consisting of midges and BWOs below the dam with sporadic PMD, caddis and stonefly hatches along the lower river. Look for the best dry fly fishing to occur during the afternoon hours of 12-4pm. Light fluorocarbon tippets of…

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  • Crystal River Fishing Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 918 cfs/Redstone, 1080 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: Late Spring is here and runoff conditions are present with high but fairly clear water visibility. With a below average snowpack this winter, expect the Crystal to shine from now thru August. Currently the best fishing is taking place above Redstone where the water clarity is more favorable and the water…

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  • Roaring Fork River Fishing Report

    Roaring Fork River- Flow: 160 cfs/Jaffe Park, 242 cfs/Basalt, 594 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: Below the Crystal River (Carbondale) conditions are day to day with runoff. Cool nights recently have yielded fairly clear water along the lower river for the time of year. Expect runoff conditions to linger until early/mid June. Like the Colorado, typical high-water runoff flies are best right…

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  • Frying Pan River Report

    Frying Pan River- Flow: 113 cfs/dam Conditions: As is frequently the norm, low and clear water conditions are present. Hatches are consisting of midges and BWOs below the dam with sporadic caddis and stonefly hatches along the lower river. Look for the best dry fly fishing to occur during the afternoon hours of 12-4pm. Light fluorocarbon tippets of 6x and…

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  • Colorado River Report

    Colorado River – Flow: 2,090 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: Unpredictable with the beginnings of runoff now here. Colder evenings have yielded surprisingly clearer and lower water conditions than normal for this time of year. Currently about 2’ ft of water-vis is present with a clear/brown tint. Our next heat wave or two will certainly discolor the water more making fishing difficult…

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  • Crystal River Fishing Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 220 cfs/Redstone, 160 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: Spring is here and runoff conditions are present, especially below Coal Creek (Redstone). With a below average snowpack this winter, expect the Crystal to shine from mid June-August. Currently the best fishing is taking place above Redstone where the water clarity is more favorable. That is not to say that a…

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  • Welcome to our new website!

    Welcome to our new website!  It’s been a long time coming—and will be a long work in progress—since websites are like novels that you can never finish once you start writing. The primary goal for Kirk and I and our guide staff is to provide information about guide trips, our local area, and fishing reports to help our customers and…

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