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COLORADO FISHING REPORTS
The most current, accurate 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 under the heading, "Water We Guide On." Looking for general Colorado fly fishing and lake information? Visit our General River Information Page.
Overall Fishing Reports*
Updated: 3/10/14 Pumphouse is floatable and fishing well.
Warmer daytime and overnight temperatures, as well as increased reservoir releases on our tailwaters, have really improved the fishing on our local waters. The Blue north of Silverthorne, the Eagle River, the Arkansas River and the Colorado River near Parshall and Pumphouse are all fishing well. Anglers visiting these areas have reported significant feeding activity (i.e. the fishing was pretty darn good!).
The Blue River is fishing nicely. Anglers fishing in town and north of town are doing well. While a variety of offerings will take fish on the Blue in town, Mysis Shrimp, Egg Patterns and small, dark or red Midges are your go-to patterns. As you head north from Silverthorne, add Attractor Patterns, and generally larger flies to your arsenal. The flow this morning on the Blue River below Dillon Reservoir is 298 cfs. The graph for Green Mountain Reservoir shows a release of 610 cfs as of 6am today. They have been stepping up the reservoir releases for a while now but both locations have been holding realatively steady for about 4 days now.
As the water temps on most rivers are still relatively cold, concentrate your angling efforts on the softer, deeper water. But pay attention for changes in this pattern over the coming weeks; as water temperatures increase, and insect hatches become more frequent, the trout will be more willing to feed in heavier current in exchange for more food.
If you get the chance, the float fishing on the Arkansas, the Roaring Fork and the Colorado River below Glenwood Springs is worth the drive.
Wondering about what water is public on the Blue River as it runs through Sliverthorne? Take a peek at this map courtesy of the town of Silverthorne.
Quick View of the Fishing in our Area:*
Blue River in Silverthorne: 3 Stars (out of 5 Stars)
Blue River North of Silverthorne: 2-3 Stars
Blue River below Green Mountain: 2 Stars
Colorado River near Parshall: 3-4 Stars
Colorado River near Pumphouse: 3 Stars Ice Free and Fishing Well
Williams Fork: 2-3 Stars
Colorado below Glenwood: 3 Stars
Roaring Fork: 3 Stars
Arkansas River near Leadville: 1 Star
Arkansas River near Salida: 3-4 Stars
South Platte below Spinney: 2-3 Stars
Middle Fork of the South Platte: 0 Star Ice
Muddy Creek: 1 Star
Eagle River: 3-4 Stars Mostly Ice Free
*For more detailed information, including flies to try and real time flows, click on a river from the list below.
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Water We Guide On
The warmer weather and recent increases in flow have both had a positive impact on the fishing on the Blue River in Silverthorne. On the warmer days, we are seeing some discoloration on the Blue River below Straight Creek. Think of this as an opportunity. The discolored water will help camoflage your indicator (and you) as you present your offerings to the trout. So far, we haven't seen unfishable conditions below Straight Creek.
The fishing in Silverthorne is always challenging but the persistent angler usually gets rewarded. The mornings and late afternoons/evenings have been less crowded but nice fish are being caught throughout the day. Dry dropper rigs using medium size dry flies as strike indicators (e.g. Hoppers, Stimulators) have been effective. Small yarn indicators and "Glow-in-the-Dark" Thingamabobbers are also effective. As a general rule, flies without beads, especially metal beads, are more effective than bead head flies.
Any dry fly activity usually occurs after the noon hour and can come and go until dark.
Today's Tip: As the reservoir releases continue to increase this spring, be sure to try using 4X and 5X fluorocarbon tippet. You'll bring more fish to hand in the heavier water if you leave the 6X on its spool.
In the mornings and the evenings, the fish often seem particularly interested in eating Mysis shrimp. A good rule of thumb for Mysis is to use the more flashy patterns on cloudy days and the less flashy patterns-including clear Mysis patterns-on the brighter, sunnier days.
Fly patterns of all imaginings will produce fish on the Blue so don't be afraid to think outside the box. Although you can often use 5X tippet for your larger offerings, you should keep your tippet on the small side (6X, and 7X) for your smaller (i.e. Midge and BWO) offerings. Fluorocarbon is strongly recommended. We are seeing some fish push well over 20 inches. So pay attention to your drag setting and tie strong knots! Though not on fire, the Blue in Silverthorne continues to be a very good option.
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Nymphs to try:
Pink Rubber Worms: #14-#22 Mysis Patterns: #14-#16 Mercury Blood Midges: #20-#22, Light and Dark Colored Bling Midges: #22-#24, Miracle Nymphs: #20-#22, Dailey's Tailwater Assassin in Red or Black: #22-#24, Barr's Emerger: #18-#22, 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, Top Secret Midges: #20-#24, Smith's Tidbit Midge: #20-#24, Pheasant Tails: #20-#24, WD-40's in Black, Gray or Olive : #20-#24, Black Beauties and Mercury Black Beauties: #20-#24.
Dries to Try:
Parachute Adams:#20-#26, #20-#22 CDC Baetis Dun, Matthews Sparkle Dun: #20-#24, Stuck-in-the-Shuck Midge: #22-#24, Brooks Sprouts in Black, Gray or Cream: #22-#26.
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The warmer weather and recent increases in flow have both had a positive impact on the fishing on the Blue River between Silverthorne and Green Mountain Reservoir. We are seeing mostly midge activity, but larger attractor patterns, San Juans and Egg Patterns are becoming increasingly effective. Expect to still find most fish holding in the deeper, softer water. The Blue River is currently ice free from Silverthorne to Green Mountain Reservoir.
The closer you get to Green Mountain Reservoir, the more likely it is you will encounter stained water. So far, the stain has been light to moderate. Fishing has not been compromised.
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Patterns for this stretch:
Egg Patterns, Rainbow Warriors, Thread Midges, Standard Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, Stonefly Nymphs of all sizes, and Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails/Hare's Ears. Come on in and pick up Charlie's (Charlie is one of our guides) improved CDC Pheasant Tail pattern: the "TDJ". It is a must have addition to your box. The TDJ's extra weight and curved design makes particularly effective during periods of high water and/or for making contact with trout holding in deep water.
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Midges are present present most days on the upper Colorado. Expect to experience the best fishing fishing from late morning through mid-afternoon afternoon. The warmer days have been best. Jim fished the Breeze Unit today (2/07/14). He reported very good fishing. A few fish, rising to midges, were talen on a small parachute Adams. The best action was found sub-surface on #18 Pheasant Tails, #20-22.
Jim also said clarity on the Colorado River near Parshall was about a "5" on a 1-10 scale (where "10" is very dirty/unfishable).
The Colorado River is currently mostly frozen over above it's confluence with the William's Fork. But when it opens back up, keep the following in mind:
It is worth keeping in mind that the fishing above the Williams Fork confluence (think Paul Gilbert, Lone Buck and Hot Sulphur Springs) can be substantially different from the fishing below the confluence; you can think of it as fishing a different river. The water temperature of the Colorado below its confluence with the Williams Fork is usually significantly different than the water temperature above the confluence. 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.
Latest Info: At the Parshall Hole yesterday (1/16/14) the trout wanted a #20 or #22 Mercury Blood Midge. The action wasn't off the hook but several fish were hooked and some of those even came to hand!
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Nymphs for the Colorado near Parshall: Black, Brown, Olive Pat's Rubberlegs (Size 6-12), Tidbit Midge (Size 20-24), Olive or Black Zebra Midges (#20),Split-Case BWO's (Size 18-20), JuJu Midges (Size 18-22), Standard and Black Pheasant Tails (Size 18-22), CDC Pheasant Tails and Hare's Ears (Size 14-20), Buckskins (Size 14-18), Dailey Assassins (#18-#22) and MidgeBombs (Size 20-22).
Dry Flies to Try: Parachute Adams (Size 20-24), Brooks Sprouts (Size 22-24), RS-2's and WD40's in the surface film (Size 20-26), Hatching Midges (Size 20-24), and Adult Midges (Size 20-24).
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As of 2/25/14, the Colorado near Pumphouse is nearly ice free. This doesn't mean that things can't change, especially wherever the river narrows. A good example of this is the Needle's Eye Rapid. Current reports for the Needle's Eye indicate that the "river left" option for travel is currently a bit trickt to navigate as it is partially blocked by ice. The "river right" passage is navigable. But that could change as soon as today. So, please be careful out there.
All that said, and with the ice recently clearing from the river, the fishing has been pretty darn good on the Colorado near Pumphouse. Both the wade and float angler have reported good fishing. Go get yourself a taste!!
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Best Flies for this Stretchy: #6-#10 Black or Olive Pat's Rubberlegs, Egg Patterns, #18-#20 Split-Cased BWO's , #16-#20 CDC Pheasant Tails, #18-#20 Psycho Beatis, #16-#20 Black Zebra Midges, #16-#20 Bead Head Pheasant Tails and Hare's Ears, #18-#22 Black RS-2's #20 Gray Sparkle Wing RS-2's, and Black WD-40's. Extended-body BWO's, and Parachute Adams are taking fish off the surface, especially after the noon hour. Streamers of all shapes and sizes are still productive at times but most days you will catch many more fish by nymphing.
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Ice has been an issue as of late but reports indicate that there is currently open water in the Buena Vista area. The water is very cold, however, and the fish are lathargic. Midges are the thing this time of year but Ark fish will often eat Hot Wire Prince Nymphs and/or Bead Head Pheasant Tails this time of year as well.
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Nymphs to try: Olive or Black Zebra Midges (#18-#22), Black or Standard Pheasant Tails (#18-#22)), CDC Hare's Ears (#14-#18), Egg Patterns, and Pat's Tan or Black Rubberleg in #8-#12.
Dries to try: Parachute Adams (#22-#18), Gulper Specials (#18-#20), Stuck-in-the-Shuck Midges (#18-#22), and Stacker Midges (18-#22).
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On the warmer days, the action on the Arkansas River near Salida has been good to very good. Midges, Baetis and molting Golden Stones are the thing this time of year. Keep in mind that Ark fish are almost always opportunistic. They will often eat a variety of offerings. Pat's Rubberlegs, Golden Stonefly Nymphs, standard Princes, Hot Wire Prince Nymphs and Bead Head Pheasant Tails will take fish this time of year as well. Final thought, the Baetis nymphs on the Arkansas River tend to be very dark in color.
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Nymphs to try: Light or Dark Stonefly Nymphs (#8-#16), Red or Black Ro-Jo Midges (#18-#20), Black or Olive Zebra Midges (#18-#20), BWO Nymphs including CDC Pheasant Tails (#16-#18), Psycho Baetis (#18-#20) and Split-Case BWO (#18-#20), Tungsten Sallies (#16-#18), Black and Standard Pheasant Tails (#18-#22), Standard or Red Copper Johns (#16-#20), and Black or Red Two-Bit Hookers (#18).
Dries to try: Gulper Specials, Matthew's Sparkle BWO, CDC Baetis Duns, Parachute and Standard Adams.
Streamers to huck: Mike Tyson's (#6-#8), Slump Busters (#6-#8), Leech Patterns in Black, Olive and Purple (#12-#10), Standard Wooly Buggers (#6-#14).
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The Lower Roaring Fork below Carbondale is ice free. Fishing is good on Stone Fly Nymphs, Midges (both large and small) and Egg Patterns. Cloudy days are your best bet to find trout sipping on Midges.
Although not yet in full swing, the spring Midge hatch is beginning on the lower Fork. Fishing is definitely improving with the appearance of this prolific hatch. Flows on the Roaring Fork are currently adequate for the float angler. We recommend using a raft unless you really know the in's and out's of floating the Fork at lower flows.
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The Colorado below Glenwood is open and fishable. Fish are eating Pat's Rubber Legs, Egg patterns, Midges and attractor style nymphs. Allen and Mitch floated on 2/26/14 from New Castle to Silt. 20 or so fish came to the net during their float and many other fish were missed. #8 Pat's in Black and #14 or #16 black Zebra midges did the trick. A few fish were interested in small egg patterns.
Fish have been eating Pat's Rubber Legs, in Black or Olive (#6-#10), Tung Teasers (#10-#16), Egg Patterns, Golden Stone Nymphs (#12-#16), JuJu BWO's (#18-#22), Tungsten Beaded CDC Hare's Ears and Pheasant Tails (#14-#18), Smaller Natural or Black Pheasant Tails(#16-#22), Standard Hare's Ears (#14-#18), Morrish's Anato Mayfly (#14-#18), PT Cruisers (#16-#18), CDC or Standard Prince Nymphs (#12-#16), and 20 Inchers (#10-#16).
On the surface: Parachute Adams, Wilcox's Midge, Gulper Specials, and extended Body BWO's.
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The current 88 cfs is a very fishable flow for fishing the Dream Stream. There are a few of the bigger lake fish lurking around but expect to have to hunt to find them. Midges, Scuds, Egg Patterns and small BWO nymphs are your go-to's right now.
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Flies to try: #18-26 thin, thread bodied midges, Olive or Orange Scuds #16-#24, Natural or Black Pheasant Tails, Split-Back BWO's, Bear's Baetis, Egg Patterns, San Juan Worms, Moorish's Ananto Mayfly, Black WD-40's and RS-2's. Fishing pressure has been minimal lately. We love fishing the Dream. And almost any warm winter day is an excellent time to give it a try.
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Conditions have been tough due to inconsistent flows. At the moment, flows below Wolford are a mere 25 CFS. Have a look at the reservoir releases before heading to the Muddy. It might make or break your day.
Flies: Psycho Princes (#14-#16), Red Rojo Midge (#18), Brassie, Copper or Red (#18-#22) * Black or Red Copper Johns (#16-#20), WD-40's (#18-#22)
Ice fishing has been very good most days. Small, jig style flies working best.
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The hike into the Williams Fork is a bit of an effort at the moment. Using snowshoes or cross country skis will make your jouney to the river more pleasant. Expect some shelf ice on the river but it should be mostly open and fishable.
Fishing has been decent in the deeper pools and runs. A few fish are still looking for eggs but most days the trout are more interested in bugs. Miracle Nymphs, Black Beauties, Cap'n Hooks, Bear's BWO Emerger, Olive WD-40's and Gray RS-2's are all good patterns for this stretch.
Also give these patterns a try:
Use standard nymphs like Pheasant Tails, Hare's Ears and Midges. Black Beauties, Prince Nymphs, JuJu Baetis, RS-2's, WD-40's, and Olive Zebra Midges are also working well. If you're not having any luck with the aforementioned flies try using Miracle Nymphs, Cream Crane Fly Larvae and Cream San Juan's. All of these flies have saved my bacon many a day while guiding.
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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 a buzz
This report includes the “Tomahawk” and “Bull Basin” State Wildlife Areas.
Fishing is poor on these waters. Although the rivers are thawing, its been a cold, snowy winter down in South Park. It's a bit early yet for this area.
Stimulators, Hoppers, Bead Heads and Streamers will get the job done.......next summer!!
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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.
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 530 cfs is very floatable but getting up there for effective/safe wading. At these flows, think twice before getting in the river, or trying to cross. Most of the fish will locate near the banks and behind structure anyway so deep wading shouldn't be your primary strategy. Make note that the access down to the river is steep and very slippery.
Please be aware that Mountain Lions call this area home. Please consider leaving your dog at home and keep a watchful eye when hiking/fishing.
A variety of flies are working: Pat's Rubberlegs, Tung Teasers, Batmans, Barr's BWO Emergers, Olive and Black Zebra Midges, Gray WD-40's, BWO's in Black or Zebra, Charlie's "TDJ" Pheasant Tails, Moorish's Anato Mayfly Nymph, CDC Hare's Ears, Buckskins, Standard Pheasant Tails in all sizes, Parachute Adams (sizes 14-22), Gulper Specials, and BWO Sparkle Duns.
Try these Dries: Parachute Adams, Matthews Sparkle Dun, and Brooks Sprout Midges in Gray or Black.
See Spinney Mountain Reservoir report (above)
The Eagle is mostly locked up with ice. Try down by Gypsum if fishing the Eagle is your mission for the day.
Eagle fish will eat a variety of flies. These include: Stonefly Nymphs, all variations and sizes of Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Bubble Back BWO's, Psych Baetis, Pink Rubberleg Worms, San Juan Woms, and Parachute Adams.
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Gore Creek is running low and clear most days. That is, where it isn't frozen! You can still find some fishable water. Access will be tricky though as there is deep snow on the bank and much of the river is either frozen of too shallow to hold fish (at these flows).
Gore Creek has good numbers of fish. Some of which are surprisingly large. Although we rarely fish it ourselves, we include it on our report to encourage you to go give it a try. It is a fun place to fish. And though much of the Creek looks private, in fact, most of the Gore is open to the public.
Frozen at the moment. But when it becomes fishable again remember that this is a very under-loved fishery. Not many of those around anymore! The Ten Mile inlet into Lake Dillon also holds fish. Hit the deeper pockets and seams. Wading and crossing Ten Mile shouldn't be a problem for the careful angler at flows below 100 CFS.
We don't guide this water but I've always found very willing fish from Idaho Springs to Georgetown. The fish are on the small side, with the occasional eye-opener, but it's a very enjoyable river to fish. There are still a few pockets of open water but maybe give it a few weeks to open up some. But when some of the ice begins to give way to the coming spring weather, give it a try. It just might become you favorite place to get that "quick fix."
Put this on your list of places to fish very soon. Those fish are gonna be hungry!