Fryingpan River: This is going to be a sweet month on the Pan! Flows have nearly tripled now, and will likely increase again as the month progresses. Every time the flows are raised spilling out of Ruedi Reservoir, the fishing in the toilet bowl gets very, very good. Many of the bigger fish are now pushed out of their wintering spots and are easily sight-fished to. Eggs and mysis patterns are key in this area, be sure to carry a few different looks when it comes to mysis shrimp. BWOs will be hatching all the way to the top by the end of the month, although we are only seeing them hatch in real numbers on the lower river right now. As with mysis patterns, carry a few different looks in your fly boxes in sizes 18 to 22. Midges are still prevalent too, though their importance as a food source to the fish starts to wain as the month progresses. High-low rigs aren’t quite the way to go in May, we suggest committing to either dry fly or nymph fishing on your rigs, and even streamers too. Dry fly leaders need to be LONG and tapered down to 6 or 7x, and keep nymph set-ups on the short side, utilizing 5 and 6x.
We consider the Fryingpan a “presentation” more than a “match the hatch” river, just get out there and fish! If you need a cabin on the Fryingpan while you’re here visiting, call us up at 970-927-4374 and we will square you away.
Best Patterns: Eggs 16-18, Roy Boy 18-22, Collett’s BWO 18-22, Bill’s Adult Midge 22, RIP Baetis 18-22, Sands STD Dark 20-22, Sands Epoxy Mysis 16-18, Batwing BWO Emerger 18-20, RS2 in gray or black 20-22, San Juan Worm 16, Tim’s TC Mysis 16-18, Pure Midge Larvae 20-24, plain jane pheasant tail 18-24, Slumpbuster 6-8
Roaring Fork River: As with the Fryingpan, flows are near triple what they were a week ago, which is a mixed blessing for us fishermen. Green and gray water is good, brown is bad. Caddis hatches are already cranking up, as we are seeing these bugs from Glenwood all the way through Basalt at this point. When it comes to judging the flows on the Fork and where it is best to fish, keep in mind that the Crystal River flowing through Carbondale can really screw up the lower Roaring Fork in May. As a general rule, the fishing will be better above this tributary, although this is not the case every day. If the flows on the Crystal are 100 or less, fishing the lower Fork should be pretty good. Hatches to keep in mind are caddis, BWOs, stoneflies and midges. The Fork typically nymphs better than dry fly fishes, but afternoons can be quite hectic with caddis dry fly action! When fishing this hatch, be sure to skitter and skate those dries! Streamers are very good now through the end of May, as usual this type of fishing is best from the drift boat. Keep rigs simple, and 4 and 5x will fish just fine this month. Floating this river is usually the best way to dial it in, but there are many public stretches to check out, too. Don’t hesitate to swing in to Taylor Creek with questions about public areas on the Roaring Fork, we are always happy to educate or show you a new place to check out while you’re in town!
Best Patterns: Tungsten 20 Incher 10-14, Cat Poop Stone 6-10, Eggs 10-16, San Juan Worm 10, Beaded Prince 16, Sands STD Dark 18-20, Tungsten Ready Baetis 18, Soft Hackle PT 16, Barr’s Graphic Caddis 16-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Ethawing Caddis 16-18, Perfect Baetis 18-22, Rainbow Warrior 18-20, Koiichi CDC Baetis 18-20, Biot Baetis Emerger 18-20, Gallup’s Sex Dungeon 6-8, Sculpzilla 6-8
Crystal River: The Crystal will be blowing out most of this month, we suggest skipping it unless it clears significantly. If it does clear a day or two here and there, use the same flies suggested for the Fork. Best fishing spots are the Staircase, RVR, and below Redstone.
Colorado River: The Colorado River will be hit-and-miss this month, but days when it clears it will be EXCELLENT fishing. As with the Fork, green and gray is good fishing water, brown is going to be extremely challenging. Caddis are hatching in heavy, heavy numbers already, although at this point the river is blowing out. The caddis should be back under way as soon as they get used to these big flows. BWOs will be heavy in numbers in May also, although they are becoming less and less important to fish keyed in on the millions of caddis. Don’t forget stoneflies either, we see good numbers of them crawling around in May. The streamer bite has been out of sight. After flows settle down they should be right back on the menu. Caddis hatch most heavily from 2 or so until dark, when the egg-layers come back to the water to deposit their eggs slightly upstream from where they hatched. Most of us float this mighty river, although there are plentiful public wading spots to be found up and down I-70. If you’re wading, check out Dino rest stop, Newcastle, 2 Rivers and South Canyon. Feel free to call Taylor Creek at 970 927 4374 before heading to the Colorado, and we will let you know what the guide staff is saying today and what the current flows are!
Best Patterns: Cat Poop Stone 6-8, Soft Hackle PT 16-18, Biot Baetis Emerger 16, Dobsons BMW 16-18, Eggs 12-16, San Juan Worm 10, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Ethawing Caddis 14-18, Beaded Prince 16, Perfect Baetis 18-20, Jujubee Midge 18, Stott’s Sacrelidge 6-8, Slumpbuster 6-8,
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