Fly Fishing Report September 2013
Flows on the upper Colorado near Pumohouse Recreation Area are higher than average and the water is now cooler, fairly clear and fishing is good. The trout are enjoying the conditions and feeding well. The river below State Bridge has been less crowded and the hopper bite has been on.The trout in this section are gravitating towards faster riffles. Sporadic hatches of Tricos, Red Quills, and BWOs are keeping the trout feeding. Hoppers and ants are now a major food source. The most effective way to fish this part of the Colorado is from a drift boat or raft. Streamer fishing has been picking up, especially when cloudy conditions prevail. Covering water can be essential to a successful day. Keep updated on the Colorado River by checking in with us at the shop or on our Facebook page.
The Lower Colorado River was muddied recently but but should clear below Glenwood Springs and the fishing is good. This an option that most float anglers overlook in the summertime but this stretch is fishing well and holds some very large browns and rainbows. Tricos and midges are all on then menu in addition to grasshoppers and ants catching some bigger fish. Streamers are working during cloudy conditions as fish begin targeting big meals in preparation for the spawn and winter. Floating is by far the most effective way to fish this stretch.
Dries: Parachute Hopper, Noble Chernobyl, Stimulators, Fat Albert, Renegade #16-20, Parachute Adams #18-22
Nymphs:Pat's Rubber Leg Stonefly brown and black #6-10, Red Copper John #12-18, Quasimodo Pheasant tail #14-18, Formerly Prince #12-18, Trina's BWO Bubbleback, Beadhead Flashback Hare's Ear #12-18, Barr Emerger BWO, WD-50 Olive
Streamers: Rust Slumpbuster, Tequeely, Buggers, Crystal Buggers in a variety of sizes and color
Hatches and food sources: Tricos, BWOs, Hoppers, Ants, Sculpins and various minnows
Conditions are good for area wade anglers on the Eagle River from Minturn to Gypsum. The river is now clear after a couple muddy days on the lower river. There still few micro-caddis hatching in the morning along with Tricos and some midges and BWOs are appearing as well and the fish continue taking dries regularly although nymphing deeper runs with midge and small mayfly emergers is now the most productive method of fishing. The Eagle River's trout have mostly migrated to deeper water where they will spend the next several months. The fishing during the next week should be good. Watch for things to become more technical with low water and trout that have seen quite a few flies so far this summer. Smaller flies will become standard as hatches wane and BWOs and midges become more important in late summer. The river in Eagle Vail has been very good. Check with the shop for the latest conditions.
Nymphs:Flashback PT #14-18, Olive Biot Soft Hackle #18-22, Micromayfly, Soft Hackle PTs and Hare's Ear's, Black Midge Emerger #18-22, Barr Emerger BWO #16-20
Dries: Stimulator Yellow & peacock #12-16, Royal and tan PMX #14-16, Parachute Adams 12-22, Renegade #16-20, Drowned Trico #20-24,Black Foam Ant #12-16
Streamers: Brown Slump Buster, Olive buggers, Vanilla Bugger, Scupzilla Black/Olive
Hatches and food sources: Midges, BWOs, ants, hoppers, sculpins
Roaring Fork River
Fly fishing is good on the Fork and wading is productive throughout the length of the Fork and despite lower flows, good float fishing is still happening from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs. Nymphing and hopper dropper fishing have both been effective. Some caddis and a few golden stoneflies are still hatching. Additionally, sporadic hatches of PMDs and BWOs are appearing midday. The best stretch of river for floating is between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs while wade anglers are doing very well in Woody Creek Canyon where low, clear water allows for sight fishing for brightly colored rainbows. Water temperatures are ideal in the morning and the trout are eating aggressively while afternoons may seen warm water near Glenwood and slower fishing. The water is dropping towards winter flow levels but trout are still active with fall approaching. Heavy thunderstorms may muddy up the lower Fork below the confluence with the Crystal River for short periods.
Dries: Partiot #14-18, Royal Wulff #12, Yellow PMX #6-10,Noble Chernobly #6-10,Elk Hair Caddis 12-16, Parachute Adams #14-20
Nymphs: Twenty Incher #8-14 ,Pats Rubber Leg #6-10,Flashback PT #14-22, Barr Emerger #16-20, Sparkle RS-2 in black, grey or olive, Formerly Prince #12-18, Red copper John #14-18, Rainbow Warrior #14-20,Quasimodo #14-18, WD-40
Streamers: Slumpbusters in darker colors,Sculpzillas, Crystal Bugger (Motor Oil is a favorite color), Olive Conehead buggers
Hatches and food sources: Tricos, Midges, BWOs, Caddis, Hoppers, ants, sculpins
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