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COLORADO FISHING REPORT

Colorado Fishing Report

The most current, accurate Colorado fishing reports and information are key to a good day on the water. In addition to providing quality Colorado fishing reports, we also supply real-time streamflow data. To see a detailed fishing report for a specific river, and view it's real-time streamflow, simply click on a river from the lists below. Looking for general Colorado fly fishing and lake information? Visit our General River Information 

 

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Water We Guide On: 8/28/15    

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Guided fly fishing trips are our specialty. Come fly fish with us and get in on the funThe current flow on the Blue River below Dillon Reservoir is 170 cfs. We expect the Blue River to continue to drop slowly from now through the fall but we aren't anticipating any dramatic changes in the near future. That said, it always pays to call the shop (970-262-2878) for the latest info. 

 

The action on the Blue in Silverthorne has been fair to good lately (probably more fair than good). The smoky, overcast skies we've had lately hasn't encouraged the fish to feed off the surface. Nymph fishing with the usual tailwater flies (see the fly list at the very bottom of the page) is producing most of the action.

 

Assorted midge larvae and midge emerger patterns in sizes 18-26 (black, gray or red) are also fooling fish. Purple Juju's and red tungsten Baetis are good choices. Chamois worms in tan or cream are also putting fish in the net. For the most part, 5x fluorocarbon will do the job but consider using 6x fluoro if you run across a stuborn trout that won't eat your fly.

 

We advise using the smallest, least conspicuous indicator you can see, especially if you are fishing to the trout that are hanging on the bank. White or black yarn indicators, small sized white or "glow-in-the-dark" Thingamabobbers are always good choices when fishing the Blue River in Silverthorne. Fishing without an indicator, although tricky, can be deadly as well.

 

If you don't use streamers on the Blue River, you should consider doing so. Streamer fishing is, at times, a very effective strategy and is an underused technique by most anglers fishing the Blue River in Silverthorne. Don't be afraid of using the big, articulated patterns available these days. Trailing a black or olive Houdini behind a black or white Dungeon is often a winning strategy.

 

For you dry fly enthusiasts, your opportunities will be mostly in the early morning and in the twighlight hours. That said, a large dry fly might trigger a strike or draw fish nearer your smaller, more realistic dry offering. Look to find fish feeding on top in the soft areas of the river, especially along the bank. Size 18-24 patterns will imitate the Midges and Pale Morning Duns that live in the Blue River. A size 18 Stimulator or size 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis will get some attention. Also try: Matthew's Sparkle Dun, Midge Clusters, extended body BWO's, and classics like the Adams (both the Standard and Parachute versions). A Royal Wulff or Chubby Chernobyl often brings surprising results when fished on the Blue River. A size 10-14 Chubby Chernobyl makes a great strike indicator as well.

 

Today's Tip: Try fishing a size 18-22 Griffith's Gnat under the water like a nymph. This tip comes from one of our customers. Thank You!!

 

Here's a Blue River access map for Silverthorne (courtesy of the Town of Silverthorne):

Click on map icon for the public access points on the Blue River in Silverthorne, Colorado.

 

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Nymph Patterns to try: Mysis Patterns: #16-#22, Black, Pearl or Red Rainbow Warriors: #18-#22, Top Secret Midges: #20-#24, Smith's Tidbit Midge: #20-#24, Red Rojo Midges: #20-#22, Black Beauties and Mercury Black Beauties: #20-#24, Pearl or Red Disco Midges: #20-#24, Miracle Nymphs: #20-#22, Mercury Blood Midges: #20-#22, Dailey's Tailwater Assassin in Red or Black: #22-#24, UV Midges: #20-#26, Black and Pale Olive Pure Midges: #18-#22, JuJu Midges in Zebra, Red or Olive: #20-#24, RS-2's in Gray or Black: #22-#26, WD-40's in Black, Gray or Olive : #20-#24, Standard Pheasant Tails: #18-24.

 

Streamers to try: Sex Dungeons, Barely Legals, Home Invaders, Houdini, Thin Mints, Super Buggers and all sizes and colors of the standard "Woolly Bugger."

 

Dries to try: #6-#10 Chubby Chernobyl's, #12-#14 Stimulators, #12-#14 Madam X's, #12 Lime Trudes.

 

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The current flow of 170 cfs on the Blue River is a wonderful summertime flow. We are still experiencing sparse Caddis hatches. The PMD and Yellow Sally hatches are essentially over. The trout will still key on PMD and Yellow Sally nymphs, especially the Yellow Sally nymphs.  

 

The determined wade angler will find their quarry spread out in the best feeding lies. Don't expect to find fish stacked up like you will see in Silverthorne. The farther one gets away for Lake Dillon, the more the Blue River fishes like a Freestone River. Moreover, you'll need to work a bit harder to successfully fish the Blue north of town; the fish population is lighter in the northern reaches of the river than it is in Silverthorne.

 

Trout that live north of Silverthorne will often take a variety of fly patterns (please see below) and are, generally, less selective than the trout residing just below the Lake Dillon Dam. Again, when fishing this stretch, covering more ground often equates to more hook-ups. 5x fluorocarbon tippet is recommended.

 

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Patterns for this stretch:

 

Nymphs: #16-#18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies, Prince Nymphs: #10-16, Standard Pheasant Tails and Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails/Hare's Ears: #10-16, JuJu Baetis (standard and purple), #16-#18 2-Bit Hookers, #18-#20 Split-Back BWO Nymphs, #18-#20 Buckskins and #18-#20 gray RS-2's.

 

Dries: #14-#16 Chubby Chernobyls and #14-#16 yellow or orange Stimulators, #14-#18 Elk Hair Caddis in Tan or Brown, #14-#16 Royal Wulffs.

 

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The fishing has been good but remember to bring your insect repellant. The mosquito's haven't quite left the building just yet.

 

The Colorado River near Parshall currently has up to 4 feet of visibility but pay attention to rain events as a heavy rain can result in significant staining to the river. The best hatch has been the early morning Trico hatch and their spinner fall. The spinners are usually on the water by 10 am (or earlier). Look to find fish feeding on the Trico spinners in the shady area before the sun gets on the water. If you are lucky enough to have overcast skies, the dry fly action can last for several hours.

 

If no surface feeding is evident, look to find good numbers of fish stacked up in the shallow riffles and the "first drop" below the shallow riffles. Of course, you will find fish feeding on Tricos almost anywhere on the Colorado River right now. It's just that trout feeding on Trico spinners will often congregate near the shallow riffle water.

 

With all the sunshine we have been having lately, nymphing has been the way to go most days, especially if you are looking to put numbers in the bucket. The best nymphs have been size 18 Yellow Sally nymphs, size 18-22 black Pheasant Tails, and size 20-22 black RS-2's or Trico Spinners. 

 

There are still a few Yellow Sallies flying around and an occasional Pale Morning Dun (PMD). Caddis hatches are also in the mix of bugs. Even though the Caddis hatches are light in terms of numbers and intensity, the Caddis are good sized and, subsequently, are of increased importance to the fish as a food source.

 

Most of the surface action has been on size 12-14 Elk Hair Caddis or Headlight Caddis. The Matthews X-Caddis has been hooking a few fish as well. Parachute PMD's, Compara- PMD's (size 16-18) and size 14-18 yellow Stimulators are working as well. 


This Colorado rainbow ate a hopper pattern

You will find trout spread throughout the river. There isn't enough current in the river to "push" them to the banks (Of course, you will still find fish feeding on the bank). Place your emphasis on the faster water in the river, especially during the heat of the day. Since the warmer water carries less oxygen, trout will often seek the oxygen rich riffle water, especially when they are on the feed. Trout will also seek the cooler water located near the bottom of the river, especially in the deep pools. There is no need to focus on fishing the banks. Look to fish the river's structure to find feeding fish. Places we like focus our attention right now are: shallow riffles and the drop-off below the riffles, depressions in the river bottom, behind and below large rocks/boulders that are located in the fast water.

 

Weight is key as well. Try changing (primarily adding) weight before changing flies. If your flies aren't occasionally ticking the bottom, and you aren't hooking up, add some weight (or heavier flies) until you occasionally get hung up. The opposite, of course, can also be true--it is just less common! If you are constantly cleaning your flies, or hanging up, take off a bit of weight. Our guides have been using 4x-5x fluorocarbon tippet depending on the amount of water clarity on any given day.

 

Rainbow trout on the Colorado RiverDon't forget to try a streamer. Larger patterns often work best as they move a ton of water and create a larger vibration in the water. Trailing a smaller streamer behind the larger streamer can crush fish some days. Common set-ups include: Sex Dungeon (any color) trailing a Wounded Sculpin, Sparkle Minnow trailing a Houdini or a Home Invader (black, white or tan) trailing a Slump Buster (rust, black or olive). 

 

Here are some thought to keep in mind when fishing the upper Colorado River near Parshall: In the winter, the water temperature on the Colorado River below the Williams Fork confluence will generally be warmer than the temperature of the Colorado above the confluence. In summer, the opposite is typically true; the water temp is colder on the Colorado River below the Williams Fork confluence and warmer above the confluence. This difference in water temperature will often trigger different insect hatches. For example, you might find Blue Wing Olives hatching below the Williams Fork confluence but not hatching above the confluence (and vice versa). It is not unusual to find better (or poorer!) Fishing on the Colorado River near Parshall simply by moving a few miles upstream or downstream.

 

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The star rating is a bit tricky right now on the Colorado below Pumphouse. The river is definitely fishing better on the cloudy or partly cloudy days. It has also been a bit day to day with some days rating 5 stars and others only 2 stars. That said, high sun and/or windy conditions have been more difficult for sure. We are still catching good numbers of fish on the sunny days, it's just that the fishing only rates a 3 star on the sunny and can be as high as a 5 star when it's cloudy.

 

Wanna know what the fishing is like in the Colorado high country? Check out our up-to-date fishing reportsAt its current flow of 1100 cfs, the Colorado River is now very manageable for both the wade angler and the float angler. Barring another major rain event, we expect the Colorado River to continue to remain relatively steady over the next few days and weeks.

 

The wade angler is back in the game with the drop in flow on he Colorado near Pumphouse. There is still no way to cross the river on foot but the number of good wade fishing spots has increased significantly.

 

Our guides have been floating a ton of guests below Pumphouse all the way downstream to Dotsero. The fishing has been very good, especially on the cloudy days. The number of insects on the water is diminishing but we are still having good action. A # 8 olive, tan and black or straight black Pat's Rubberlegs trailed by a #16 Fly Formerly Known as Prince and/or a #16 Red Copper John have been among the best set-ups for us but Yellow Sally nymphs, Blue Wing Olive nymphs and Caddis Larvae/Pupa are accounting for a good number of hook-ups as well. 

 

Fish are rising mostly to hopper patterns but at certain times of the day you will find fish willing to eat Size 16-18 Chubby Chernobyls, size 14-18 Parachute Adams, size 10-12 Purple Hippie Stompers, size 10-14 Amy's Ant, size 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis and size 12-16 Stimulators. The fish are spreading out now that the water velocity and water volume have dropped. The fish are no longer confined to the banks and are more spread out troughout all but the fastest water in the river. Look to find feeding trout on the inside of the faster seams and in the seam proper when the seam has a "medium" speed. The tail-outs of the faster seams are holding fish, as is the riffle water. We are also catching good numbers of fish in the faster pocket water where there is sufficient sheltering depth.

 

Big brown trout on the Colorado River.We advise float anglers resume floating below State Bridge. We are seeing a ton of float anglers floating Pumphouse to Rancho.

While the wade fishing has improved, the drop in flow means that now is prime time for float fishing the Colorado River. Instead of using the boat to find the "pods" of fish stacked-up in the giant eddies, we are able to catch fish while casting to the banks while floating down the river.Alvin with a nice rainbow trout on a Colorado River float trip  

While there are still fish to be found along the banks, the "fishy spots" are the ones that have good structure and a medium fast current. It is important to "pattern" the kind of water in which you are hooking your fish. The speed of the water needs to be just right; not too slow and not too fast. Finding the "pattern" to the trout's feeding lies on any given day can make the difference between catching a couple of fish or hooking up many fish. Pay attention to where you are catching fish and look to find similar water elsewhere on the river.

  

Best nymphs have been #8-#12 Pat's Rubberlegs in olive or black, #16 Fly Formerly Known as Prince, #18 Ninjas, #18-20 gray Sparkle Wing RS-2's, #12-#18 Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails, #16 brown 2-Bit Hookers and #18-#20 Psycho Baetis.

 

Dry flies to try: #8-#16 Chubby Chernobyls, #14-#18 yellow or orange Stimulators, #14-#18 Elk Hair Caddis, #14-#18 Peacock Caddis, #14-#16 X-Caddis, #10-#14 Amy's Ants and #14-#18 Parachute Adams.

 

Streamers should be among your tactics to consider. The action has been day-to-day, and even hour-to-hour. Make sure to try all sizes of streamers and running them at all depths. Sometimes your style of retrieve can be more important than your streamer selection. If the action is slow, and before you give up, make sure you try fast/slow retrieves and jerky/smooth retrieves. If you don't get any interest after doing all that, give the streamers a break for a while and try them again in an hour or so. Try: Sex Dungeons (in black, olive, white and rust), Barely Legals, Slump Busters, Houdini's, Super Buggers and standard Woolly Buggers (in all sizes and colors).

 

As always, call the shop for the latest info: 970-262-2878.

   

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An Arkansas River rainbow troutAt 115 cfs today, the Arkansas River below Leadville is running about average for this time of year. Visibility is good to very good. The action has been spotty but that is typical for the upper Arkansas in mid August.

 

For the most part, the summer hatches are dwindling or finished. Look for some left-over Yellow Sallies, PMD's and Caddis throughout the day but a significant hatch of any of these is unlikely.

 

That said, the Tricos are active most mornings through the early afternoon. The Blue Winged Olives (BWO's) are becoming more active as well. Expect the BWO's to become the dominate hath over the coming weeks as we move into some consistent fall fishing.

 

We have been fishing mostly hopper/dropper set-ups. Best hoppers have been #14 gold Chubby Chernobyls, #14 Foamulators in a Golden Stone color and #14 Parachute Hoppers. Best droppers have been #16-#18 CDC Pheasant Tails, #16-#18 2-Bit Hookers in brown, black or red, #16-#18 Barr's Tungstones, #20 black Zebra Midges and #18-#20 Split-Cased BWO Nymphs.

 

Adult Caddis imitations like the standard Elk Hair Caddis will also take fish on the surface, as will Stimulators. We are also beginning to see the fish become more active on streamers. Size 6-10 streamers are working best right now. Don't be afraid to throw them in tandem with a smaller streamer trailing a slightly larger streamer.

 


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Nymphs to try: Standard or Black Pheasant Tails (#12-#18), Pat's Rubberlegs in olive or black (#8-#12), CDC Tungsten Pheasant Tails and Hare's Ears (#12-#18), TDJ's Golden Stone (#12-#16), Olive Caddis Larvae (#14-#16), Prince Nymphs (#14-#16), and Tungsten Yellow Sallies in #12-#16.

 

Dries to try when flows recede: Parachute Adams (#12-#16), Extended Body BWO's (#16-#20), Matthew's Sparkle Dun (#18-#22), black, olive or tan Elk Hair Caddis (#14-#18), black Foam Body Caddis (#14-#18), all colors of the Never-Sink Caddis (#14-#16).

 

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Wanna know what the fishing is like in the Colorado high country? Check out our up-to-date fishing reports. The minimum flow program that keeps Arkansas flowing at 700 cfs (or higher) during the summer ended on August 15th. That is great news for the wade angler as flows should, barring a rain event, slowly recede into the fall.

 

The end of the minimum flow program doesn't necessarily signal the end of float fishing. But it is a warning to those of us that enjoy float fishing the Arkansas River; get out there soon as the river may be too low to fish from a boat in the near future. As of today, the 475 cfs flowing in the Ark is more than sufficient for a successful float and fish, especially below Salida.

 

The action on the Aransas has slowed down some, but it is still fishing very well. The fish just aren't in that "eat everything that is presented" mode. To be successful in this lower water environment, you will need to downsize your tippet to 5X and choose smaller, and, perhaps, even more realistic fly patterns.

 

Our guides have been mainly fishing from Buena Vista to Ruby Mountain and from Hecla Junction to Salida. They areWanna know what the fishing is like in the Colorado high country? Check out our up-to-date fishing reports. primarily using a hopper/dropper set-up. The topwater action has slowed but they are still getting surface eats on #8-#12 Chubby Chernobyls, #10 Fuzzy Wuzzies and #12 Streambank Hoppers. The best droppers have been #20 black Zebra Midges, #18 Barr's Blue Wing Olive Emergers, #18-#20 black or green Copper Johns, # 16-#18 black or brown 2-Bit Hookers, #12-#18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies, #14-#20 standard Pheasant Tails in natural or black and #18-#20 Tungsten Psycho Baetis nymphs.

 

The best dry fly action has been occurring in the twilight hours and under overcast skies. In the evening, try using: #14-#18 Elk Hair Caddis or Stimulators, #14-#18 Parachute Adams and #12 Amy's Ant.

 

As you might expect with the cooler weather and the seeming onset of fall, streamers have been very effective lately as well. As a general rule, Arkansas river trout like a size 6-12 streamer in black, purple or olive. But there are days when the fish can't resist a #2 Sex Dungeon or Home Invader.

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Water clarity is very good right now on the Fork. Get out there, the fishing has been good. Fishing from a boat has been better than the wade fishing. That said, the wade fishing has been pretty good! 

  

On most rivers, the dry fly action is almost always best on the cloudy days and the Roaring Fork is no exception. If Wanna know what the fishing is like in the Colorado high country? Check out our up-to-date fishing reports.the fish aren't eating the dry fly, they will often eat a bead head fly dropped 1-4 feet below the dry. Some days you will do well fishing the shallow water and in the fast water very close to the bank. But you may have to fish the water that is 3-4 feet deep with your dry dropper rig. If that fails to produce, deep nymph the deeper water well off the bank. All these strategies will catch fish. Your challenge will be to find the best strategy for the day. Oh yeah, the Roaring Fork can be an amazing streamer river!

 

  Nymphs to try: TDJ's Golden Stone (#12-#16), Batmans (#12-#16), Tung Teasers (#12-#16), Tungsten CDC Prince Nymphs (#12-#16), CDC Hare's Ears and Pheasant Tails (#12-#16), Psycho Prince in yellow/orange (#16-#18), Iron Sallies (#14-#18), Barr's Graphic Caddis (#14-#18) and Pat's Rubberlegs in black, olive/brown or tan (#6-#12).

 

Dries to try:  Royal Wulffs (#12-#16), Para-PMD's (#16-#18), Stimulators (#12-#18), Elk Hair Caddis (#12-#18) and Peacock Caddis (#14-#18).

  

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At 166 cfs, this stretch of the South Platte is now very fishable. The Tricos are in full swing. The best fishing has been sub-surface but there have been some opportunities to fish the trico spinner.

 

This is the time of year that we see a few of the big fish move out of Eleven Mile Reservoir into the river. We aren't seeing many yet but there are reports of a few big fish lurking around.

 

Besides the tricos, fish are looking for hoppers, scuds and Blue Wing Olive nymphs. A black zebra midge and/or a spent Trico pattern should be in your box if you're heading to the Dream Stream.

 

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Water levels in Muddy Creek are near the 80 cfs mark. Visibility is good. The Deer Flies are hideous and the mosquitos are only slightly better. Bug spray is having limited effects on these biting bugs.

 

At this flow, Muddy Creek is a very good option if you can stand the flying pests. Stripping Woolly Buggers and twitching hoppers or Caddis have been producing fair to good action. Olive Caddis larvae and pupa are among the best dropper flies right now. A size 16, red Copper John, olive Hare's Ear or Pheasant Tail are also good choices. Fishing at night is always a good strategy on the Muddy Creek below Wolford Reservoir.

 

Have a look at the reservoir releases before heading to the Muddy, or any tailwater for that matter. It might make or break your day. Here's a must have link to the state's Colorado Streamflow page.

 

A wonderful example of a Colorado brown trout. 

Flies: Red Rojo Midge (#18-#22),  Brassies in Copper or Red (#18-#22), Black or Red Copper Johns (#16-#20), Pheasant Tails and Morrish's Anato May (#14-#18) and WD-40's (#18-#22)

 

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Antero is now closed for dam repairs. We aren't certain when they will begin draining this beloved fishery, but expect it to begin soon. We will be as excited as everyone else when Antero reopens for fishing business. Until then, Spinney Mountain Reservoir and the Delaney Lakes will be our preferred still water locations. 

 

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Fishing has been fair to good. Trout are spreading out and can be found in the shallows and in the deeper water. Callibaetis and Damsels are the thing. Nymphimg has been better than dries but there have been so very good days catching fish on the surface.

 

Guided still water float trips are the way to go during spring run-off. Let us take you to the big fish.Try stripping Damsel nymphs in the shallow water. Some days, when there is a decent breeze, you are better off placing your Damsel nymphs below an indicator and letting the wind move your Damsel nymph. Callibaetis nymphs (think Hare's Ears, Rickard's Callibaetis, light olive Pheasant Tails) are also tricking good numbers of trout. Chironomid patterns in black, zebra, red and olive will fool some fish as well. #6-#8 Wooly Buggers in black or olive are also producing.

 

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The Williams Fork is at a nice level for fishing. At 75 cfs, there is enough water for the fish to find shelter from fisherman and predators, and to safely practice catch and release.

 

A brown trout that calls the Williams Fork home.Blue Wing Olives (BWO's), Olive Midge Larvae and emergers, Pale Morning Duns, Midges, size 14-18 golden Stones (i.e. Yellow Sallies), worms and Crane Fly Larvae are some of the available food sources. 

 

Flies to try: standard Pheasant Tails, Black Pheasant Tails, Olive Midges, San Juan Worms, size 18-22 Zebra Midges in olive or black, Pheasant Tails, JuJu Baetis in Black, Purple and Red, Barr's BWO Emerger, RS-2's and WD-40's.

 

If you're not having any luck with the aforementioned flies, try using Miracle Nymphs and Cream San Juan's. Both of these flies have saved my bacon many a day while guiding on the Williams Fork. Streamers should also be on your list of flies to try. 

 

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Whether you prefer the 12 oz., or you are all in for the "40," this creek is always flowing cold and foamy. Use limes and salt as needed. Longnecks are the preferred choice, but almost any variety will catch you a buzz.

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This report includes the “Tomahawk” SWA. 

 

The action is slowing a bit on the Middle Fork of the South Platte. The flow is now about average for this time of year. The fish are still whacking hoppers and medium to small dries, just not with the abandon they showed a few weeks ago. Fishing a dropper under your dry fly is still the way to go. All the summer hatches are waning but you will still have a good time at Tomahawk, even if most of the fish run in the 8-10 inch range. 

 

Dries to try: Stimulators, Hoppers, Elk Hair Caddis, Royal Wulffs and Chubby Chernobyls.

 

Nymphs to try: Size 12-16 Tungsten or standard CDC Pheasant Tails and Hare's Ears, Size 16-18 Psycho Princes, size 12-16 standard Princes, size 14-18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies, size 14-16 Nitro Caddis, size 14-16 TDJ's Golden Stones and size 16 Morrish Anato Mays.

 

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Other Local Water

Because we do not guide on the following rivers, we cannot give the same detailed information that you find for the Water We Guide On. However, the streamflows are continuously updated, and we've done our best to give you a general idea of what to expect on these waters for this time of year. 

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We don't guide this water but most of the shop guys love to fish here when they get a chance. The current flow of 610 cfs is not ideal for wade fishing. Float anglers will enjoy the river more. That being said, if you know your stuff, you'll catch some nice fish wading the river.

 

Streamers have been moving a few fish lately and deep nymphing with large Golden Stone and Caddis Larvae patterns has been improving over the past few days.

 

Large Stone Fly nymphs, Green Drake nymphs and streamers are your go-to patterns. Most of the action is taking place below the water's surface but there is a decent possibility of a few takes on large attractor paterns like size 10 purple Chubby Chernobyls, size 12-18 Parachute Adams and size 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis.

 

 

A Mountain Lion print looks a lot like a dog print but look at the bottom of the "pad" and you'll see the give-away that this is not a dog print.

 

Mountain Lions call this area home throughout the year. Please consider leaving your dog at home and keep a watchful eye when hiking/fishing. 

 

Nymphs to try: #10- #12 Pat's Rubber Legs, Egg Patterns, size 14-18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies, size 18-22 Olive and Black Zebra Midges, size 18-20 Split Cased BWO's, Standard Pheasant Tails, size 18-22 Gray WD-40's, Black, size 18-22 Olive or gray RS-2's, size 12-16 Charlie's "TDJ" Pheasant Tails and Golden Stones, size 12-18 CDC Hare's Ears and CDC Pheasant Tails.

 

Dries to Try: #18-#26 Parachute Adams, #18-#22 Matthew's Sparkle Emergers, #20-#24 Brooks' Sprouts and #20-#22 "Stuck in the Shucks."

 

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The Delaney Lakes are fishing well. #12-#16 Pheasant Tails/Hare's Ears, #16-#20 Zebra Midges, #14-#16 Chironomids and streamers are taking fish. 

                 

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The Eagle is clear and running at a friendly flow for wade fishing. The float season has passed on the Eagle. Expect the Eagle to fish very well over the next several weeks. 

 

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Gore Creek is running at a perfect level for fly fishing. Fishing has been good on Gore Creek lately.

 

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Fishing has been good to very good on Ten Mile Creek lately. Hopper dropper will get the job done.

 

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Like most of the rivers in the state, Clear Creek is on its way down from its peak runoff levels. Currently, the flow is at a good level for fly fishing. Dry dropper is a great strategy right now.

 

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The Snake River is running just a touch high but it has good visibility and is very fishable. Fish the soft water along with the pocket water with a dry dropper rig. San Juan worms and bead head Hare's Ears have been great dropper flies of late. Any large, bouyant fly will work as the dry. Also try Elk Hair Caddis and Stimulators if you are looking to throwdry flies. Evening can be the best time to catch fish on dry flies.

 

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We have been hearing good things about the fishing on the Frying Pan over Basalt way. The crowds have decreased. But if you really want to avoid seeing many other anglers, try fishing the Pan from before daybreak or from late afternoon until dark.

 

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