OUR JOURNAL

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  • Roaring Fork River Fishing Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 273cfs/Basalt, 408cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: Fifth-Season is upon us finally and the fishing has been superb! Look for the best fishing to take place along the lower river from Carbondale to Glenwood. The lower elevations see the first hatches of the year and provide longer feeding windows with the additional warmth. Nymphing the deeper pools and seams…

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  • Frying Pan River Fishing Report

    Frying Pan River Flow: 103cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: Flow: 63cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: The fishing has finally changed to the point that a new report was needed. Longer and warmer days are providing improved fishing and longer windows of opportunity. Midge hatches are gaining in strength and numbers of rising fish can now be seen. Look for the best dry…

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  • Colorado River Fishing Report (Glenwood Springs-Rifle)

    Colorado River – Flow: 1,330 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: Fifth-Season! The lower elevation waters of the Colorado awaken first at this time of year. Midge hatches are daily occurrences now with good fishing following suit. We’re at the very front-end of the BWO hatch too. Random BWOs are being seen here and there but nothing in the way of a true,…

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  • Crystal River Fishing Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 44 cfs/Redstone, 80 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: We are finally seeing a change in the fishing on the Crystal with the longer and warmer days. Though much of the upper river above Redstone and Marble still has a ways to go, the lower river is waking-up and fishing fairly well. Midge hatches have been common most days with…

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  • Roaring Fork River Fishing Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 133cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 283cfs/Basalt, 574cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: Fall fishing is here! The Roaring Fork is fishing very well from top to bottom right now! After a few slow weeks recently, the fishing has really turned back on with the cooler weather. BWOs are the name of the game in the way of hatches and fly imitations.…

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  • Frying Pan River Fishing Report

    Flow: 63cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: Flows have decreased to their winter levels. The river is obviously very low and very clear. After a banner September and slower October, the fishing has picked back up with dependable hatches of BWOs and midges. The crowds of summer are finally gone too and anglers can again find some elbow room.  Overcast and warm…

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  • Colorado River Fishing Report (Glenwood-Rifle)

    Colorado River – Flow: 2,140 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: Fall is here and the fishing is righteous! Whenever a summertime client asks us when the best fishing is, we always reply with November or March. November is the month for spawning browns and whitefish which makes the skittle (egg) bite as good as it gets. At times, they outfish anything else…

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  • Crystal River Fishing Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 58 cfs/Redstone, 98 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: Fall is here and fishing has picked back up with November yielding the best fishing of autumn. BWOs are the main hatch along with a smattering of midges. Look for the best fishing to take place in the afternoons and evenings as the morning hours are chilly. The water is low…

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  • Roaring Fork River Fishing Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 146cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 396cfs/Basalt, 658cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: Fishing has certainly picked back up with the cooler water and air temps! We’re in that special summer to fall overlap where the fish are back to feeding more aggressively after the heat of August and the first half of September. As water flows decrease so too does the…

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  • Frying Pan River Fishing Report

    Flow: 175cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: It’s been no secret lately that the Frying Pan has been fishing ridiculously well. The flows have finally come down with green drakes/flavs, PMDs, BWOs, and caddis all hatching in good numbers. If anything that’s the hard part – fishing through the overlapping hatches. Crowds are heavy still with the lightest pressure being in the…

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  • Colorado River Fishing Report (Glenwood-Rifle)

    Colorado River – Flow: 2,430 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: Conditions are beginning to change as summer turns into fall. Hoppers and streamers are the name of the game right now. Nymphing has been productive with smaller BWO patterns now becoming commonplace. Attractor nymphs like perdigons, bullets, frenchies, worms, rubberlegs and princes are all catching some fish too. With cooler weather and…

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  • Crystal River Fishing Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 83 cfs/Redstone, 64 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: The last of summer hatches including hoppers, PMDs and caddis are tapering off while the BWO hatches are just now starting up. Fishing a small, weighted dropper fly below your hopper and through the deeper pools is always a great set-up. Smaller streamers are very effective in the deeper pools right…

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  • Roaring Fork River Fishing Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 182cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 539cfs/Basalt, 879cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: There’s no doubt that this is the best August of fishing we’ve had in several years as we’re now reaping the rewards of a good snowpack coupled with monsoonal afternoon showers. The hopper fishing has been better than usual and guides are reporting hopper eats most days. Rubberlegs and…

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  • Frying Pan River Fishing Report

    Flow: 261cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: The water is clear and cold and flowing at good levels. Hatches are consisting of PMDs, green drakes, BWOs and caddis. Mixed and overlapping hatches can make for challenging dry fly fishing – just the way we like it. Green drakes are hatching all the way up to dam now. Rising fish can be seen…

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  • Colorado River Fishing Report (Glenwood-Rifle)

    Colorado River – Flow: 2,390 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: She’s a fishing! Those dedicated to the hopper/chubby are reporting anywhere from a few bites to more than a few bites depending on the day and the wind. Good flies to hang below have included #14-18 perdigons, bullets, jig rainbow warriors, jig princes.  Most of us prefer the less snaggy jig versions…

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  • Crystal River Fishing Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 147 cfs/Redstone, 101 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: It took a while this summer for the river to come down but we’re there now! Hatches are consisting of terrestrials, caddis and PMDs. Lighter hatches of midges and BWOs can be encountered though are of less importance. The hopper and ant fishing in particular has been good . Fishing a…

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  • Roaring Fork River Fishing Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 548Aspen (Jaffe Park), 973cfs/Basalt, 2,030cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: The main wave of grandis green drakes (#10-12) are now along the upper river from Basalt to Aspen. Lighter hatches of the smaller (#12) coloradensis and doddsi green drakes are hatching below Basalt. PMDs and caddis can be found throughout the system. Yellow sally stoneflies are also of importance especially along…

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  • Frying Pan River Fishing Report

    Flow: 208cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: The water is clear and cold and flowing at ideal levels. Hatches are consisting of PMDs, BWOs and caddis. Green drakes will start up here in the next week or two. Rising fish can be seen nearly all day long – put away that damn nymph rod – this is the Frying Pan! Fishing pressure…

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  • Colorado River Fishing Report (Glenwood-Rifle)

    Colorado River – Flow: 4,520 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: She’s big right now but flows are falling and fishing is getting better daily – a nice reprieve from the sporty rowing and fast paced nature of the Roaring Fork. We are in a transitional stage right now where the big flies of early summer are slowly being replaced by smaller flies…

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  • Crystal River Fishing Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 725 cfs/Redstone, 712 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: The river has just become fishable recently with our first guide trips going out this past week – and with great success! The upper river is clear with more soft and fishable water opening up daily. Down here in Carbondale the fishing is more challenging as less soft water is to…

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  • Roaring Fork River Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 931/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 1,540cfs/Basalt, 3,450cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: It’s go time!!! Green Drakes, caddis and PMD’s are all hatching in good numbers along the lower river below Carbondale. The water flows are still very high but side channels and soft pockets of water are opening up daily and congregating the fish. The water clarity is good right…

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  • Frying Pan River Report

    Flow: 204cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: While other fisheries in the area are struggling with runoff conditions, the Frying Pan River remains low and clear with good fishing though crowds are certainly high. The majority of hatches are taking place during the afternoons from about noon-4pm. BWOs are of most importance closer to the dam with PMDs dominating the middle and…

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  • Colorado River Report

    Colorado River – Flow: 9,150 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: She’s very big right now but flows are falling and fishing is getting better and better daily. The biggest key right now is to simply be fishing shallow and soft water – flies are somewhat secondary to location. The clarity is poor but there’s enough bugs hatching right now that fish are…

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  • Crystal River Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 1,520 cfs/Redstone, 1,690 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: Currently high but clarity has greatly improved. We will undoubtedly have an amazing summer of fishing this year with the abundance of snow pack! Late July and especially August and September will be banner months on the Crystal! No worries about low water or high water temps this year – we…

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