Credit: Kirk Webb
Special to The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
BASALT — Now is the time to hit the ground running to the valley's many rivers, streams and lakes. The big draw at this time of year is certainly the green drake mayfly hatch. Currently this hatch is taking place along the lower-elevation waters of the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers around Glenwood Springs.
This evening hatch provides thrilling and frenzied dry-fly fishing during the evenings. This event is locally dubbed as the “lightning round” or “hour of power” as the last 45 minutes to hour and a half of daylight is when these large mayflies prefer to hatch. This hatch is still in its infantile stages and historically becomes a full bore hatch around the Fourth of July. Many local fly patterns have been developed to accurately imitate these insects due to the fact that our drakes don't quite fit the mold of traditional colors and proportions. Some of my favorite drake patterns include: BDE drakes, pimped out H&Ls, drake cripples, KGBs, and winged drake emergers in sizes 10-12.
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