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Fishing Report: Midge Madness
Author: Kirk Webb, Taylor Creek Fly Shops Aspen Times URL:
Fishing Report: Midge Madness
Kirk Webb
Special to The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT As we quickly approach the month of March, several exciting changes take place along the rivers of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Forget about basketball and March Madness this is the time of year when anglers return to fishing the gold medal waters of the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork rivers. Longer and warmer days signal the most overlooked hatch of the entire year: midges. What these minute insects lack in size they make up for in sheer numbers. During afternoons and early evenings these diminutive insects hatch in such massive numbers that they often ball or cluster up in soft (slow) pieces of water where they become easy meals for trout that are hungry after a long and cold winter.

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