Summer fishing is here! After a significant drop in flows last week the water is still coming down, but at a slower pace. Water clarity is has gotten significantly better, so downsize tippet and fish more natural imitations than you were during high water. Water temperatures at maroon creek have been fluctuating from the mid 40’s early in the morning up to the mid 50’s in the afternoon (water temps are slightly higher at emma). This temperature range means that caddis hatches are starting to happen mid morning and again later in the evening. PMD’s have started hatching in good numbers lower down on the Roaring Fork, and we expect them to make their way up the valley soon with more warm weather in the forecast. Though they aren’t hatching much up valley yet, there are lots of green drake nymphs crawling around too. Lastly, we’ve been seeing the occasional Golden Stonefly flying around! This wide variety of insect life has made the fishing great, and also gives us the opportunity to catch fish on nymphs and dry flies! If you’re not fishing, you should be!
After increased flows and decreased visibility last week, flows have settled back down and the water has cleared up with this colder weather! Colder temps this week should keep these conditions stable. That means some of the bigger bugs that were working last week are still in play, but smaller midge and baetis patterns are back on the menu!
If haven’t heard already– we’re excited to announce our first annual Spring Fly Fishing Gear Swap and Blowout Bonanza! Thank you to everyone for all of the wonderful contributions. We hope that this gear swap will allow local anglers to make money by clearing out their gear closets while giving newer anglers the opportunity to get high quality, used gear at a reduced price. There will be tons of great gear, free drinks and food live music, giveaways and some killer pre-summer sales!
If you didn’t get a chance to do some fishing this past week, get out there this weekend! We have another front moving in at the beginning of next week, but the weekend is shaping up to be warm, sunny and glorious. Water temperatures should be on the rise, and the fish will be active. On sunny days with low water make sure you’re being stealthy, downsizing tippet and wearing sunscreen!
Conditions have remained consistent this past week, and so has the fishing! Leading with perdigons, two bit hookers and Pat’s Runt Stones (size 14-16) and trailing small midge and baeits imitations has been the ticket. Fly selection is important, but we’re finding that fish are eating pretty readily as long as you get a good, drag free drift!
Are you ready to get rid of that extra fishing gear cluttering up the closet? Are you looking to get into fly fishing at a low cost? If you answered YES then mark your calendars for Saturday, May 20th to participate in our First Annual Gear Swap! There will be all kinds of great used gear, as well as FREE food, FREE beer and wonderful, fishy people! What could be better?
Going into the last 10 days of January, the fishing has been great! With cold temperatures and low flows in the Upper Fork, the fish are stacked up in slower, deeper water. Focus on deep holes and eddies near natural structure for the best results. During this time of the year, when you find one fish, you often find many — so make sure to cover water until you find success.
Flows and Water Clarity The Roaring Fork is running low and clear. Flows are 26 cfs below Maroon Creek and 239 cfs at Emma. Overview Winter is in full swing in the upper Roaring Fork valley and the fishing has been great! With cold temperatures and low flows in the Upper Fork, the fish are stacked up in slower, deeper … Read More
One of our favorite parts of Fly Fishing is the wonderful community that has grown up around the sport, and the angling community in Aspen’s Roaring Fork Valley is no exception! We are planning a series of articles highlighting our local mix of anglers — each representing a different cross-section of our amazing valley. With the X Games wrapping up, and the 2022 Winter Olympics on the horizon, we caught up with former competitor and hometown hero Jordie Karlinski! Jordie is a retired pro snowboarder, successful entrepreneur, Snowmass local and avid angler!
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