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  • Colorado River Report

    Colorado River – Flow: 1,340 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: What in the world is going on the with the Colorado River below Glenwood Springs? Well, the way I see it there’s several contributing factors involved that all way over my intelligence and pay grade. We had high water temps all summer that forced a closure and even when the river did…

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  • Crystal River Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 45cfs/Redstone, 71 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: Old-man Winter has been around Redstone and Marble for several weeks (and snows) now BUT the river down in Carbondale has been fishing really well. A good “run” of brown trout occurs along the lower river as fish from the Roaring Fork push into the Crystal in efforts to spawn. Some nice…

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  • Roaring Fork River Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 107cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 210cfs/Basalt, 458cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: November is by far and away THE month for the brown trout spawn – and subsequently, THE month for egg and streamer fishing. These conditions will last as long as the weather holds in the 40s. As winters’ grip takes hold in December, expect the best fishing window to…

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  • Frying Pan River Report

    Frying Pan River Flow: 54cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: We’ve settled into the winter flow regimen – low, clear and cold. Small flies and light tippets are now more crucial than ever. Sporadic hatches of BWOs are still being seen while the midge hatches have yet to really kick-in. Truthfully, December conditions are much more favorable as the brown trout spawn…

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  • Colorado River Report

    Colorado River – Flow: 2,240 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: The river reopened to fishing on August 26th – unfortunately the river is too discolored to fish as water visibility has been ranging from 6-12″ inches. When the river clears here’s what anglers should expect – Attractor nymph patterns like rubberleg stoneflies, worms, princes etc will all catch some fish. PMDs and…

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  • Crystal River Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 76cfs/Redstone, 24 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: WOW!!! — This is THE time of year to experience the Crystal River. The river is low, clear and easily accessible with the fishing conducive to a variety of techniques and flies; dries, nymphs, streamers, Euro, swingin’ wets – all are capable of producing fish on the Crystal right now! Overall, the…

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  • Roaring Fork River Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 124cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 425cfs/Basalt, 609cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: The water and air temps have cooled off and the fishing has rebounded in a big way. Hatches are consisting of Hoppers, PMDs/Rusty Spinners, caddis and BWOs. With the water dropping, fish are moving off of the banks and into midriver holding areas. The river is at a great…

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  • Frying Pan River Report

    Frying Pan River Flow: 267cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: Flows are ideal right now and the water is nice and clear and cold. The green drake/flav hatch is along the upper river now with PMDs still being the most widespread and consistent hatch with a good mix of both pink and yellow bodied duns. Red Quills can also be thrown in…

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  • Colorado River Report

    Colorado River – Flow: 2,060 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: The river reopened to fishing this morning – here’s what anglers should be thinking. Monsoonal rains have been frequent and the water clarity has been temperamental with about 1-2’feet of visibility currently. Attractor nymph patterns like rubberleg stoneflies, worms, princes etc will all catch some fish. PMDs and psuedocleons (small fall BWOs)…

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  • Mystery Hatches On The Frying Pan River

    I’ve always enjoyed the mental parts of fly fishing as much as the physical parts. Watching insect hatches unfold around me in a trout river has fascinated me since I was a child. One of the most mysterious hatches I’ve ever fished occurs on the middle sections of the Fryingpan River during August and September. It’s infamously known as the…

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  • Crystal River Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 165cfs/Redstone, 86 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: The Crystal River has been a bit hit-and-miss lately due to our monsoonal rains causing several mudslides below the town of Crystal (below the Crystal Mill) and above Avalanche Creek. The river has cleared considerably the past two days with about 2-3’ft of water visibility. Overall, the best fishing has been taking…

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  • Roaring Fork River Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 206cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 467cfs/Basalt, 728cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: The lower river from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs has been fishing well in the mornings up until about 2pm or so. Water temps have been getting up to 68’f – because of that, anglers should be carrying a stream thermometer with them and cease fishing when temps meet or…

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  • Frying Pan River Report

    Frying Pan River Flow: 267cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: Flows are ideal right now and the water is nice and clear and cold. The hatches have really cranked-up this past week with more numbers of bugs being seen than the past two weeks. Green drakes are being seen throughout the river now especially along the middle river from mile markers 4-10.…

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  • Colorado River Report

    ANGLER ALERT! Read Before Fishing Due to high water temperatures, low flows, and reduced oxygen in the water, fish in the river are under extreme stress. Additional stress from fishing, catching, handling, releasing, and wading may result in the onset of disease and/or fish mortality. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is seeking your cooperation in a voluntary ALL DAY FISHING…

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  • Fishing Green Drakes In The Roaring Fork Valley – Part 3

    Fishing Green Drakes In The Roaring Fork Valley – Part 3 Fishing pocket water often produces higher numbers of fish especially after the fish have been worked over by numerous others in the previous days or weeks. Dry/dropper drake rigs are highly effective on the Frying Pan. Stalcup’s Winged Emerger is the guide favorite as a dropper pattern. Again, Green…

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  • Crystal River Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 261cfs/Redstone, 225 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: The Crystal is fishing great right now from Redstone up to Marble! If you despise the crowds on the Pan and Fork, the local’s choice is the Crystal. These forgiving fish like to eat a well presented fly and rewards anglers with opportunities for the Colorado Trout Slam (catching a cutthroat, brook,…

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  • Roaring Fork Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 348cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 574cfs/Basalt, 991cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: The lower river from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs has been fishing well in the mornings up until about 2pm or so. Water temps have been getting up to 68’f the past few days in late afternoons – because of that, anglers should be carrying a stream thermometer with them…

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  • Frying Pan Report

    Frying Pan River Flow: 114cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: Low, clear and cold. We’re somewhat between hatches on the Frying Pan. The PMDs are still increasing in numbers weekly with the green drakes, serratellas and psuedocleons yet to hatch. It’s been kind of slim-pickens for rising fish of late BUT August generally yields the best hatches of entire year. Those looking…

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  • Colorado River Report

    Colorado River – Flow: 2,530 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: The water is quickly dropping and warming. Early mornings have easily yielded the best and most responsible time to fish. Fishing tapers off by the early afternoon anyhow. We encourage anglers to carry a stream thermometer and to stop fishing when temperatures meet or exceed 68’f. Water clarity has varied this past…

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  • Fishing Green Drakes In The Roaring Fork Valley – Part 2

    On the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers the Green Drakes hatch at dusk. Periodic light hatches of drakes can occur during afternoons, though they are never as heavy as during the evening hours, and almost always take place during rare periods of overcast weather. The half hours just before and after sunset are often the most productive times to fish…

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  • Crystal River Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 580cfs/Redstone, 594 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: Runoff is fading fast and with that comes some spectacular fishing taking place along the Crystal. It’ll be another week or so for the Crystal to really shine as the water continues to drop. Once it does, it’ll be game-on with some of the best fishing of the year taking place. If…

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  • Roaring Fork River Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 532cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 848cfs/Basalt, 1,670cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: We’ll cut right to the chase – green drakes are hatching in numbers below Carbondale and the fishing has been good to sensational! Anglers should expect to find the river dropping and clearing quite rapidly here in the next two weeks. We’re in that transitional period where large attractor…

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  • Frying Pan River Report

    Frying Pan River Flow: 114cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: Low, clear, cold and reliable. One of the very few rivers in the area that’s unfazed by runoff – and because of that the river is quite busy. As runoff subsides on the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers, fishing pressure should ease a little bit on the Pan. Good hatches of BWOs…

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  • Colorado River Report

    Colorado River – Flow: 4,050 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: We’re on the backend of runoff now with good to great water conditions and happy fish. The time to float and fish the river is now before the heat of August kicks in and the fishing tapers off. Besides green drakes, anglers should also expect to see golden stones, PMDs and caddis.…

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