August 3, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff
With our summer fishing season delayed by more than a month, I have been anxious to get my boat out and float some of my favorite stretches of water. After hearing countless reports of epic fishing across the high country, me and the wife decided to take a couple days off of work and go enjoy some summer trout fishing. With numerous options at our disposal, we ended up basing ourselves out of the Vail Valley hoping to get some time on the Roaring Fork, Colorado and Eagle Rivers. Flows on all three drainages had been steadily falling, and the weekend forecast was good with highs in the 70's and a chance of afternoon thunderstorms in the evenings, ideal conditions to say the least.
Friday was our first day on the water, and we decided to head on over to the Roaring Fork Valley hoping to avoid the weekend mayhem that typically descends on the Fork during the Summer. Putting on the water at Carbondale around 11am, we were able to position ourselves well behind most guided trips, and a bit before the evening floaters came out. With flows hovering just under 2,000 cfs, the plan was to enjoy a leisurely float down stream to the 2 Rivers take-out in Glenwood Springs. With not an abundant amount of bugs hatching, we started the float with a short-line 2 fly nymph rig consisting of a size 16 prince nymph and a size 18 Barrs PMD Emerger.