Friday, April 20, 2012

We had an interesting winter and spring here in the Roaring Fork Valley.  The fishing was as good as I have ever seen it, unfortunately that came at the expense of the ski season.  Our snowpack is nowhere near what it has been for the last several years.  For the first time in years we will not be dealing with a heavy runoff in June and early July - so the early summer fishing will be great. 

Right now we are having some great days on the water, the Roaring Fork from Basalt up to Aspen is spectacular.  There are still plenty of midge hatches and we are starting to see some good Blue Winged Olive activity in the early afternoon.  We are booking 1/2 days from 11-3 to take advantage of the hatches.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Early Summer Update

It has been a long spring here in the Roaring Fork Valley but, despite the high water, we have been hard at work putting people on fish. While high runoff flows limit the places to fish, there are often a multitude of options available on any given day and if you're in the right place at the right time the fishing can be on fire. Our senior guide staff knows the spots and has been producing consistent results all summer long.

That being said, the rivers are finally on the drop and within the week we should start seeing a serious downward trend in flows. Floating is just right around the corner and so are the bugs. It has been a long spring, but it is going to be a fantastic summer.

Here are some high water shots from the last few weeks.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

What a Difference a Day Makes.

There is a saying in Colorado, "If you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes." It is cliché, but it is particularly apt in the Spring. Yesterday we spent the day floating and casting at carp in our barefeet.

Today the weather was so bad that we had the toilet bowl all to ourselves.

You've got to love Springtime in the Rockies.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Monsoon Hogs

It has been an active Monsoon season all over the State of Colorado this month. And as a result, we have had to deal with some periodic muddying of the rivers.

This past Friday we had a huge storm system role through, completely blowing out the lower Roarin Fork below the Crystal. On Saturday, my friend Capt. Matt Thomas and I put the rafts in at Hooks Bridge in Basalt and floated the middle river down to Carbondale. The fishing was fantastic, and our guys had such a good time they rebooked for Sunday. With the Lower Fork still running dirty, we decided to roll the dice and put the drift boats in at Carbondale anyway. Needless to say, we made the right choice. The river provided non-stop action and the dirty water let us sneak up on some real nice fish. Including one beautiful, 20.5", wild rainbow trout.

Summer Update/Colorado River Float

Summer is flying by once again, and as usual, it's been phenomenal. The rivers are in great shape, the fishing is good, and we have all been staying busy helping people catch fish.

Currently, the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers are fishing fantastic, top to bottom. We are transitioning out of our big summer bugs and into are fall baetis and midge cycles. Though there are Green Drakes and PMDs still to be found on the upper frying pan.

The Colorado is blown out from recent rains and will remain so for at least a few more days. This river has essentially been blown out for the last two weeks. When it clears, it will be like spring all over again. Hot, hungry fish, and lots of them.

Contact us about current conditions and to book some fall fishing. It is going to be an amazing September.

Though a bit delayed, here is a bunch of pictures I took on a Colorado Float about two and half weeks ago. Right before the mud showed up.
When it clears, it will be better than this.

Hope to see you this fall.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

It's summer time again...

After a long and relatively cold spring we are finally into our summer season. The runoff took everyone by surprise this year, after the cold spring we got a stretch of really warm weather in early June and the Roaring fork unleashed its fury. We saw levels on the river that I doubt we will see again. The snowmelt has moved through for the most part and the Fork is now running clear and things are happening.

The float fishing on the lower river is
on fire right now, mostly nymphing throughout the day but the dry fly fishing is great from late afternoon through dark. An evening float will put you right in the middle of the green drake hatch for some of the best fishing you will see at any time here in the valley.

The wade fishing on the upper Fork is hitting it's stride, the water did stay cold longer than usual this year so things are happening a little later in the season. We are starting to see good caddis hatches as well as some PMDs and the sporadic Baetis hatch, nymphing in the mornings with a the fish starting to look up in the afternoons.
The Frying Pan has been super consistent the last couple of weeks. The water level just dropped opening up even more water to fish. You can put a bunch of fish in the net on nymphs in the morning and then fish dry flies during the afternoon PMD hatch.
Feel free to call us at the shop 970 920 6886 and we can give you up to the day reports - the fishing is only going to get better throughout the summer as all those bugs that are ready to hatch start popping.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

February Fishing

Been out of the loop for a couple of weeks with a broken shoulder but things are feeling good now and have been guiding clients 5 of the last 6 days. The weather has been snowy but temps are staying in the upper 30's and low 40's. Big rainbows like warm snowy days. This is a fact.
Andrew, pictued above, landed 15 - 20 fish and 10 were over 16 inches.

Everyone else did fine too. The "little" midges are hatching every day from about noon to 4 and I am starting to see some of the "big" black midges that really draw fish to the surface. Consistent dry fly fishing is right around the corner.