COLORADO FISHING REPORT
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Water We Guide On: 10/02/15
The current flow on the Blue River below Dillon Reservoir is 107 cfs. This is very near the average, historical flow for mid September. We expect the the Blue River to continue to slowly drop in flow from now through the late fall but we aren't anticipating any sudden, dramatic changes in the near future. That said, it is always a good idea to call the shop (970-262-2878) for the latest info.
The action on the Blue in Silverthorne has been fair to good lately. Nymph fishing with the usual tailwater flies (see a very detailed fly list at the very bottom of the page) is producing most of the action. Dry fly action is picking up, especially on the overcast days. A size 24-18 Parachute Adams (and 6x fluorocarbon) will usually get the job done on the surface. A Parachute Adams imitates adult Midges, and Mayflies (Blue Wing Olives in particular). It will even fool fish that are eating Caddis. Small Caddis adults and CDC Blue Winged Olive patterns have also been effective on the Blue River in Silverthorne.
Assorted Mysis Shrimp, midge larvae and midge emerger patterns in sizes 18-26 (black, gray or red) are among the best producing flies when nymph fishing. 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 stubborn trout that won't eat your fly or if you just aren't hooking up.
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. This is especially true during the fall into the early winter. 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.
Unless you catch a BWO hatch, your dry fly opportunities will be mostly in the early morning and in the twilight 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. Size 18-24 patterns will imitate the Midges and BWO's that often hatch on the Blue River in the fall. 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):
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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 106 cfs on the Blue River is an average flow for this time of year.
While we are still experiencing sparse and infrequent Caddis and Yellow Sally hatches, the fall Blue Wing Olive hatch is now of more importance to the fly angler. The trout will still key on size 16-20 Yellow Sally nymphs, so keep that in mind when nymphing. Rubberlegs are beginning to produce good action as the brown trout are exhibiting their annual, pre-spawn aggression and territoriality.
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. The concentration of fish improves, however, in the mile or so above where the Blue River enters Green Mountain Reservoir (i.e the inlet area).
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: $16-#22 Parachute Adams, #18-#20 Gulper Specials, #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 at times but it has been a bit inconsistent. That being said, it's definitely worth your time, especially on the overcast days. The mosquitoes are all but gone and there are plenty of fish to be Rubberlegs caught.
The Colorado River near Parshall currently has up to 3 feet of visibility but pay attention to rain events as a heavy rain can result in significant staining to the river. While there are still a few Trico's around, the Blue Wing Olive (BWO) hatch is the thing right now. As you would expect, the BWO activity is greatest on the cloudy days. But in the fall, it is not unusual to see BWO's hatch in good numbers under a cloudless sky. If you are lucky enough to have overcast skies, the BWO 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 riffles and the "first drop" below a fast, shallow riffle. Of course, you will find fish feeding on BWO nymphs almost anywhere on the Colorado River right now. It's just that trout feeding on BWO nymphs will often congregate in the 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 6-10 Pat's Rubber Legs, size 18-22 Pheasant Tails, and size 18-22 gray or olive RS-2's, size 18-22 Juju Baetis or Barr's BWO emergers and size 18-22 Split Cased BWO's.
Caddis 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 #18-#22 CDC Parachute Blue Wing Olives and #12-#14 Elk Hair Caddis or Headlight Caddis. The Matthews X-Caddis has been hooking a few fish as well.
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 include: 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.
Don'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 as it has been a bit day-to-day with many days rating 5 stars and others only 3 stars. That said, a 3 star day on the Colorado will bring a smile to most any angler's face. The brown trout, which make up the majority of the trout in the Colorado River, are taking the opportunity to bulk up for their approaching spawn.
There is a wide variety of insects available to the trout right now so it is important to switch flies (and depth) if you aren't hooking up. We are seeing Tricos, Blue Wing Olives, Caddis and Red Quills almost every day. Focus on finding a Trico pattern the fish like in the morning and switch to BWO, Caddis and Red Quill patterns after the Trico flies lose their effectiveness. Most of the guides have been cycling through these fly patterns under a #8-#10 gold Chubby Chernobyl: #18-#20 black Zebra midges, #18-#22 black Copper Johns, #18-#20 Psycho Baetis, #18-#20 Barr's Emergers or Soft Hackle BWO's, #14-#18 Tungsten CDC Hare's Ears, #14-#16 olive Bead head Caddis Emergers, #8-#10 black, coffee or olive Pat's Rubberlegs, #14-#16 red Copper Johns or 2-Bit Hookers, #12-#16 TDJ CDC Golden Stones and #20 yellow Psycho Princes.
At its current flow of 1070 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 the 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; with an emphasis on getting out of the fray by fishing below Catamount down. The fishing has been good to very good, especially on the cloudy days. While you won't see Blue Wing Olives on the water everyday, the trout are very interested in eating almost any fly that looks like a BWO nymph.
Fish are rising mostly to hopper patterns but at certain times of the day you will find fish willing to eat Size 16-18 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 throughout all but the fastest, heaviest 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.
The river traffic has picked up again but is no where near summer levels. We are seeing modest weekday traffic even on the Pumphouse section. The lower river below Catamount has been heavenly quiet during the week.
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.
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. This may mean you should be fishing the middle of the river with a deeper (4-6 foot) indicator rig. 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.
Dry flies to try: #8-#16 Chubby Chernobyls (and almost any hopper pattern you like), #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. This is the time of year that we see some of the biggest fish of the year eat a streamer. And while the streamer bite is heating up, the action can be day-to-day, and even hour-to-hour. While all sizes and colors of streamers will work, we are partial to the large dark colored, 2 hook, articulated varieties. Be sure to try all depths of the water column and not just focus on the bank. Sometimes fish will be laying up to 10 feet off the bank. Somedays, 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).
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At 100 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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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 275 cfs flowing in the Ark is sufficient, although not ideal, for a successful float and fish, especially below Salida (That being said, you might want to only have 2 folks in a boat). Here are a few tips to help you find success when float fishing the Arkansas at this level. Be careful not to follow too closely behind another boat as Arkansas trout can be finicky about boat traffic at these flows. Also, the angler in the back of the boat will often have less action than the angler in the front of the boat simply due to the boat putting down the fish as you float through their world.
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 or 6X and choose smaller, more realistic fly patterns.
Our guides have been mainly fishing from Buena Vista to Ruby Mountain and from Hecla Junction to Salida. They are 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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The water clarity is very good right now on the Fork. There has been more moss than usual to contend with but get out there. The fishing has been good and we expect it to stay that way through most of October. 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 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 fast shallow water water very close to the bank. But you may have to focus on the banks, and sections of the banks that are deeper. If that is the case, use a 3-4 feet (deep) dry dropper or indicator rig. If that fails to produce, deep nymph the deeper water (i.e. 5-7 feet deep) 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 (#14-#16), Psycho Baetis (#18-#20), Split Cased BWO's (#18-#22), Barr's Emerger BWO's (#12-#16), CDC Hare's Ears and Pheasant Tails (#14-#18), Psycho Prince in yellow/orange (#16-#18), Barr's Graphic Caddis (#14-#18) and Pat's Rubberlegs in black, olive/brown or tan (#6-#12).
Dries to try: Gulper Specials (#18-#20), Matthew's Sparkle Dun (#18-#22), Chubby Chernobyls (#10-#18), Stimulators (#12-#18), Elk Hair Caddis (#12-#18) and Peacock Caddis (#14-#18).
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At 130 cfs, this stretch of the South Platte is very fishable from a streamflow perspective. However, keep in mind that the Dream Stream section of the South Platte (i.e. below Spinney Mountain Reservoir) is currently under repair. The work is expected to occur from August 31-October 2. There will be backhoes in the water so expect periods of water impaired water quality below the machinery.
Here's the lowdown on the bug life right now on the Dream. The Tricos are all but finished and the Blue Wing Olives are in full swing. Light olive scuds and orange scuds are in the system, as are small midges. The best fishing has been sub-surface but there have been some opportunities to fish dry flies
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 unconfirmed reports of a few big fish lurking around. It's also the time of year you should break out your headlamps for a bit of night streamer fishing. Big, articulated streamers are the flies of choice for the night sessions.
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Water levels in Muddy Creek are near the 15 cfs mark. Visibility is good. The deer flies and the mosquitos are way past their grotesque peak.
At this flow, Muddy Creek is not our #1 choice. The flow of 15 cfs is very low low; there isn't much current to float your flies. All that said, stripping Woolly Buggers and twitching hoppers or Caddis can produce a fish or two.
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.
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)
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.
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. Nymphing has been better than dry fly fishing but there have been some decent surface action in the early mornings and evenings. The best fishing has been from an anchored boat but shore angling is improving. As we get further into October, the shore fishing should only improve. October into mid-November can provide great action for shore anglers.
Nymphing stripping Woolly Buggers in the shallow to medium depth water. Some days, when there is a decent breeze, you are better off nymphing under an indicator in 8-12 feet of water. Just let the wind move your nymphs around and recast as infrequently as possible. If you don't get a strike after about 20 minutes of fishing a location, you should consider moving locations. Sometimes that only means moving 20-30 yards.
Callibaetis nymphs (think Hare's Ears, Rickard's Callibaetis, light olive Pheasant Tails) are still 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 125 cfs, there is enough water for the fish to find shelter from fisherman and predators, and for the browns to move into the river in search of suitable spawning grounds.
Blue Wing Olives (BWO's), Olive Midge Larvae and emergers, Midges, size 14-18 golden Stones (i.e. Yellow Sallies), aquatic worms (and, soon, egg patterns) 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.
This report includes the “Tomahawk” SWA.
Despite a flow in the 25 cfs range, the action is fair to good on the Middle Fork of the South Platte. There are fish on beds so be careful where you walk and please refrain from fishing to the fish that holding on their beds. Small dries trailing a cdc bead head will do the trick. Look to find the feeding fish in the faster water.
Dries to try: # 16-#18 Stimulators, #16 Streambank Hoppers, #14-!16 Elk Hair Caddis, # 16 Royal Wulffs and # #14-#18 Chubby Chernobyls.
Nymphs to try: Size 18-16 Tungsten or standard CDC Pheasant Tails and Hare's Ears, Size 18-20 CDC Bead Head Blue Wing Olive nymphs.
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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 750 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.
Kory Lewis, one of our expert staff members, floated the Blue River on 10/1/15 with a couple of his friends. He did very well. He used a 3 fly indicator rig. He used a 3-8 foot indicator rig comprised of 2x fluorocarbon transitioning into 3X fluorocarbon. The best streamers were Barely Legals and the Sparkle Minnow in the Sculpin color. The most effective nymphs were Charlie's TDJ Golden Stone (size 14) and a #8 coffee colored Pat's Rubberlegs.
Several 30 inch trout were hooked but only one fish over 30 inches was landed. Kory ranked the action as good to very good. Kory also mentioned that the browns were locating in the faster shallows and the rainbows could be found in the deeper water. Some of the rainbows were even podded up in very soft water but would move into the adjacent seam to feed.
Please keep in mind that 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."
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.
Gore Creek is running at a perfect level for fly fishing. Fishing has been good on Gore Creek lately.
Fishing has been good to very good on Ten Mile Creek lately. Hopper dropper will get the job done.
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.
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.
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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