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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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  • Fishing Green Drakes In The Roaring Fork Valley – Part 1

    From late June all the way into October, anglers from around the country flock to the Roaring Fork Valley in search of one of the West’s largest mayflies, the green drake. Due to the hefty size of this mayfly, fish throw caution to the winds as they voraciously feed on these delicious insects. The green drakes of the Roaring Fork…

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  • Crystal River Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 1550cfs/Redstone, 1900 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: Runoff is in full swing along the river. It’ll be a few weeks yet for the Crystal to really get back in play as the water drops. Once it does, it’ll be game-on with some of the best fishing of the year taking place. If you despise the crowds on the Pan…

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  • Roaring Fork River Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 1130cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 1770cfs/Basalt, 4190cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: We’re right at about peak runoff now which means that we’re hot on the heels of our world-renowned green drake mayfly hatch. Anglers should expect to find the river dropping and clearing quite rapidly here in the next two weeks. It’s still high-water conditions currently, meaning anglers should focus…

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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 on the Pan. Good hatches of BWOs are being seen…

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  • Colorado River Report

    Colorado River – Flow: 8,350 cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: We’re pretty much at peak runoff right now which means that the river will start to rapidly drop and hopefully clear up enough just in time for the green drake hatch. Besides green drakes, anglers should also expect to see golden stones, PMDs and caddis. Overcast days will now yield the best…

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  • Mother’s Day Caddis

    Mother’s Day caddis. These three words make fisherman shutter in their wading boots as spring finally takes hold. Though the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers have good mayfly hatches, both are truly caddis rivers. The brachycentrus caddis, also known as the Mother’s Day caddis is hatching in full force along the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers right now. These insects…

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  • Crystal River Report

    Crystal River – Flow: 360cfs/Redstone, 380 cfs/Carbondale Conditions: Spring has sprung and the Crystal is day to day with runoff conditions. Above the town of Redstone and Coal Creek, the river is more than fishable. Cold spells can slow and minimize the runoff effect while warmer temps will have the opposite effect. Small attractor nymphs are standard fare on the…

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  • Roaring Fork River Report

    Roaring Fork River Flow: 197cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 442cfs/Basalt, 983cfs/Glenwood Springs Conditions: Spring conditions are abounding! We’re seeing the water rise with snowmelt and color-up though still fishable even below the Crystal. Lots of float traffic lately with the Colorado being discolored. Junk rigs like stoneflies, worms, flashy caddis and jig patterns are all producing fish. The caddis hatch is on…

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  • Frying Pan River Report

    Frying Pan River Flow: 113cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir Conditions: The fishing has certainly been picking up as the days become warmer and longer. The BWO hatches are increasing weekly and risers have been commonplace during the afternoons and early evenings. After a long winter it sure feels good to ditch that silly bobber and actually cast a fly line again! As…

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