COLORADO FISHING REPORTS
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 under the heading, "Water We Guide On." Looking for general Colorado fly fishing and lake information? Visit our General River Information Page.
Jacob Lutz assisting a Peak School angler bring in a nice Rainbow.
The Blue in Town looks great and is fishing well. We are seeing mostly Blue Wing Olives (BWO's) and Midges. There a few of the very large, late season, "October" Caddis hatching as well. Size #16-#22 Pheasant Tails and BWO nymphs, drowned ants and assorted Midge patterns have been the ticket for fooling fish sub-surface. Mysis Shrimp are still taking fish but are of less importance now that Denver Water is diverting the flow through the overflow tube rather than via the bottom release of the dam itself. The top water action is worth pursuing. For you dry fly enthusiasts, BWO's, and Caddis are your go-to patterns right now. Try size 18-22 BWO adults (Matthew's Sparkle Dun, Extended Body BWO's), as well as tried and true standbys like the Parachute Adams and the Standard Adams (size 14-22). Royal Wulffs, Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis, ant and beetle patterns should also be in your fly box. The water temp has been in the mid to upper 40's in town.
The Colorado near Pumphouse has good clarity from Pumphouse to State Bridge. Recent rains have put more color in the water further downstream. The dry fly action has been good to very good on Blue Wing Olive adults. Hoppers, Stimulators and Elk Hair Caddis are also taking fish. Under the water, Pheasant Tails, Pat's Rubberlegs, and BWO nymphs and emergers (e.g. #16/18 Two-Bit Hookers, #16/18 Psycho Baetis, #20 Natural Pheasant Tails) have been producing very well. Tunsten CDC Pheasant Tails, Tricos and Midges should also be in your nymph rotation. The BWO hatch has resumed on the Colorado near Pumphouse in a big way. Expect to find most trout to be holding within 4 feet of the river bank in the shallow riffles and drops. Yesterday, many fish were feeding on dries (BWO's) and some were holding incredibly tight to the bank.
The Colorado near Parshall has good visibility. The upper Colorado near Parshall has been fishing very well. See the detailed report below.
The action has been fair to good on the lower Arkansas. The fishing on the Ark near Leadville has slowed down over the past few weeks.
Expect good to very good visibility today on the Roaring Fork below Carbondale and the Colorado below Glenwood Springs. Now through mid-November is the time to fish the western slope rivers and lakes.
The action on Spinney Mountain Reservoir and Antero Reservoir is winding down. That said, the streamer action can be wicked good some days. The fish at Spinney are, on average, larger than the fish being caught at Antero. On both impoundments, the fish have been feeding mostly on streamers with some action still being seen on Callibaetis and attractor nymphs. Chironomid patterns will still fool fish as well.
The Dream Stream section of the South Platte below Spinney Mountain Reservoir is fishing well. Flows have dropped and the fishing can be more technical. But there are good numbers of aggressive browns in the river. Egg Patterns are becoming increasingly effective.
The Middle Fork of the South Platte (e.g. Tomahawk) should have good water clarity today. Get out and enjoy this amazing weather!
As of this morning, 715 cfs was coming out of Green Mountain Reservoir into the lower Blue River. Nymphing is your best bet if you are wade fishing. If you a floating, dry/dropper, indicator nymphing and streamers are all working well in the canyon. Fishing is a bit slower below Spring Creek.
Here's a "must have" link to the state's Colorado Streamflow page.
Wondering about what water is public on the Blue River as it runs through Silverthorne? Take a peek at this map courtesy of the town of Silverthorne.
*Quick View of the Fishing in our Area:
Blue River in Silverthorne: 3-4 Stars (out of 5 Stars)
Blue River North of Silverthorne: 2-3 Stars
Blue River below Green Mountain: 3 Stars
Colorado River near Parshall: 3 Stars
Colorado River near Pumphouse: 3 Stars
Williams Fork: 2-3 Stars
Colorado below Glenwood: 3 Stars
Roaring Fork: 3-4 Stars
Arkansas River near Leadville: 2-3 Stars
Arkansas River near Salida: 3 Stars
South Platte below Spinney: 3-4 Stars
Spinney Mountain Reservoir: 2 Stars
Middle Fork of the South Platte: 2-3 Stars
Muddy Creek: 2 Stars
Eagle River: 3-4 Stars
*For more detailed information, including flies to try and real time flows, click on a river from the list below.
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The current 104 cfs coming out of Dillon Reservoir is a great level for fishing the Blue. At this flow, there are more places to wade fish comfortably. The trout have been very willing to eat our flies; both under the water and on the surface. Fishing in town has been good to very good.
Mysis shrimp are still productive but less so now that the water release is coming through the "Glory Hole" and not through the usual bottom release of the dam control gate. Dark to brightly colored midges, drowned terrerstrials (think Ants) and small Pheasantr Tails and Midge patterns are aloso accounting for a good number of hook-ups. Small hoppers, PMD's, Parachute Adams, Caddis, ants and Stimulators are getting the fish's attention on the surface.
Today's Tip: If you want to fish dries successfully, you will need to do more stalking, walking and waiting. Try fishing the less popular "town" water downstream from Chipolte Mexican Grill.
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Nymphs to try:
Mysis Patterns: #16-#22, Standard Pheasant Tails: #22-18, Red, Pearl or Black Rainbow Warriors: #20-#22, Mercury Blood Midges: #20-#22, 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, WD-40's in Black, Gray or Olive : #20-#24, Black Beauties and Mercury Black Beauties: #20-#24.
Dries to try when cloudy or in the evening (or just because you want to!):
Parachute PMD's: #16-#20, Green Drakes: #12-#16, Beetle and Ant pattern: #14-#18, Elk Hair Caddis: #14-#18, Chubby Chernobyl's: #8-#12, Royal Wulffs: #14-#18, Stimulators: #16-#18.
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The water clarity on the Blue River below Silverthorne is very good. Blue Wing Olives have been the dominant insect hatch, especially near Green Mountain Reservoir. Caddis and Yellow Sally hatches are still possible in small numbers. Give the Green Mountain Reservoir inlet area (and above) a try. The "Boardwalk"area and above have provided consistent action most of the year.
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Patterns for this stretch:
Nymphs: Stonefly Nymphs of all sizes, Prince Nymphs, Standard Pheasant Tails, and Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails/Hare's Ears, JuJu Baetis (standard and purple), 2-Bit Hookers, Split-Back BWO Nymphs, Buckskins, Egg Patterns and San Juan Worms.
Dries: Caddis, Purple or Yellow Chubby Chernobyl's, Stimulators, Royal Wullfs and Parachute Adams.
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Blue Wing Olives (BWO's) are the primary food source for the trout on the Colorado near Parshall. Caddis, Tricos, Leeches, Fry and Sculpins are still available (and important) to the trout so don't forget about them. The nymphing has been good on Black RS-2's, Caddis larvae, Olive or Black BLM's (Beaded Little Mayflies), Natural Pheasant Tails (#16-#22) and #20-22 Split-Cased BWO's. The dry fly action on cloudy days, has also been good (but less consistent than the nymph fishing). Timing and patience are keys to success in this stretch. Sometimes the fish feed better in the morning and sometimes things don't get rolling until mid-afternoon.
Visibility on the Colorado River is currently very good (2-3 feet or more) at Paul Gilbert and is slightly better below the Williams Fork confluence (think Parshall, Breeze, Sunset accesses). Now is the time for fishing the upper Colorado. The mosquitos are now esentially a non-factor. Yipee!
Things to think about for the upper Colorado River: 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.
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The Colorado River is fishable, from a water clarity standpoint, top to bottom. Expect water clarity to deteriorate to some extent the further you venture below State Bridge. Caddis are haching sporadically thoughout the day but the fish seem particularly keyed on the BWO's that are hatching most afternoons. Tricos are still active some days. The nymphing has been good to very good lately on Drowned Tricos (size 20-24), Psycho Baetis (size 18 and 20), Purple Psycho Princes ( size 18 and 20), Black or Red 2-Bit Hookers (size 18), Olive Midges (Size 18-22), Black or Gray Sparkle Wing RS-2's, Olive or Black BLM's, small CDC Hare's Ears and Y's Caddis.
Top-water action has been decent to very good on Parachute Adams, Mathew's Sparkle BWO, Gulper Specials, Chubby Chernobyl's, Stimulators and Elk Hair Caddis,. The dry fly action during the day is improving with the return of the fall Beatis hatch we are experiencing most afternoons. We are having success fishing smaller dries (e.g. Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis) in the soft bank water, eddies, riffle tail-outs and pools. If you are run and gunning dries out of a boat, try fishing very tight to the bank.
Streamers should always be in your rotation at this time of the year. The action has been day to day, and even hour to hour. But when it's on, man, has it been good. Make sure to try all sizes of streamers and running them at all depths. Sometimes your retreive can be more important than your streamer selection. If the action is slow, and before you give up, make sure you try fast/slow retreives and jerky/smooth retreives. 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.
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It's Dry Fly Time on the Colorado:
Dry Flies to Try: Parachute BWO's (Size 18-20), Matthew's Sparkle BWO (Size 18-22), Orange or Yellow Stimulators (Size 14-18), Parachute Adams, Yellow or Red PMX's and Royal Wulffs.
Nymphs that have been effective recently: Black, Brown, Olive Pat's Rubber Legs (Size 6-12), Red Copper Johns (Size 16-18), Psycho Baetis (Size 18-20), Purple Psycho Princes #18-20), Standard and Black Pheasant Tails (Size 18-20), CDC Pheasant Tails and CDC Hare's Ears (Size 14-18).
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The action on the Arkansas River below Leadville has been fair lately. Blue Winged Olives annd Caddis are the main food source. The extent to which the bugs come off on any given day will, in large measure, determine you success on the water. Water clarity is very good.
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Nymphs to try: Tung Teasers (#16, #18), CDC Tungsten Pheasant Tails (#12-#18), Prince Nymphs (#16-#18), CDC Hare's Ears (#14-#18), and Pat's Tan or Black Rubberleg in #8-#12.
Dries to try: Parachute Adams (#12-#14), Stimulators (#12-#18), Chubby Chernobyl's (#8-#12), Streambank Hoppers (#14-#16), Chalie Boy Hoppers (#12-#14) and PMX's in Yellow or Orange (#10-#16).
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The Arkansas near Salida area is running clear. As for fishing strategy, with the lower flows the fish are now dispersed almost river-wide. Look to find feeding trout in and around almost any good fish holding structure (e.g. in front of and behind large boulders located in the middle of the river, shelves, rocky bank water, etc.). Unless there is significant cloud cover/structure on the bank, expect to find more fish to be holding off the riverbank than hugging the bank. Trout are holding throughout the river and are in all but the heaviest current. 5X Tippets, and even 6X, may now be necessary.
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Nymphs to try: Light or Dark Stonefly Nymphs (#8-#16), Copper Johns in Red or Copper (#16-#18), CDC Pheasant Tails (#16-#18), Psycho Princes (#18-#20), Black and Standard Pheasant Tails (#18-#22), and Black or Red Two-Bit Hookers (#18).
Dries to try: Chubby Chernobyls, Charley Boy Hoppers and Small Fuzzy Wuzzies in the smaller sizes, Parachute Adams, Matthew's Sparkle BWO, Extended Body BWO and Elk Hair Caddis in Brown or light Tan.
Streamers to huck: Mike Tyson's (#6-#8), Sparkle Minnows (#4), Slump Busters (#6-#8), Leech Patterns in Black, Olive and Purple (#12-#10), Standard Wooly Buggers (#6-#14).
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Water clarity is very good on the Roaring Fork and good (or better) on the Colorado below Glenwood.
The fishing is really picking up out Glenwood way. The Colorado, in particular, had been fishing very well with many 18" and larger trout being caught. Make your plans to catch some of the best fishing of the season before it is gone. Winter will be here before we know it!
Flies to try: Pat's Rubber Legs, in Black, Tan or Olive (#6-#10), Tung Teasers (#10-#16), JuJu BWO's (#18-#22), Tungsten 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), CDC or Standard Prince Nymphs (#12-#16), and Purple Psycho Princes (#18-#20).
On the surface: Para-BWO's, Chubby Chernobyl's, Fuzzy Wuzzies, Stimulators, Peacock Caddis and Elk Hair Caddis.
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Fall is a fantastic time to fish the Dream Stream. The browns have been actively feeding in preparation for their spawn.
Flies to try: Barr's Drowned Trico, Natural or Black Pheasant Tails, Split-Back BWO's, Bear's Baetis, Black WD-40's/RS-2's, Midge patterns, Olive or Orange Scuds #16-#22. Fishing pressure has been fairly heavy on this stretch.
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Water levels are a bit low on the Muddy. Even so, fishing has improved over the past few weeks. The mosquitoes and the Deer Flies are all but a distant, summer memory!
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: 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)
Reports from Spinney are mixed. Not sure if that is angler error or just "fishing." Fishing has been fair to good from belly boats and anchored boats using streamers and attractor nymphs (i.e. Hare's Ears, Pheasant Tails, Midges). Streamers are also must haves this time of year when fishing Spinney Mountain Reservoir.
If you aren't hooking up with your streamer, try varying your depth and retreive. If nymphing, try slowly hand retrieving your flies or gently twitching them. Location matters on Spinney, more so than it does on Antero. Often, moving as little as 20-30 feet is all it takes to get into fish but sometimes you'll find much better action if you make drastic changes to your location. If the east side of the reservoir is fishing tough, give the west side a go. Bird's Nests, Zebra, Black or Red Chironomids, Callibaetis Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Hare's Ears, and Olive or Black Streamers/Leeches have been among the most productive flies.
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The Williams Fork is currently running at 130 cfs. This is a great flow for fishing the Willy's Fork. Fish will hold throughout the river at this time of year. Please be watchful of treading on the Brown trout spawning beds ("Redds"). They will look like bright, "clean" patches in the river bottom. In addition, please be aware that fishing to Brown trout while they are on these beds is extremely detrimental to their reproduction process. Trout holding below or near their beds are generally considered to be fair game, especially if they are of the Rainbow persuasion! That said, we encourage you to make your own decision as to whether you should or should not target fish that are near spawning beds
Try using standard Pheasant Tails, Black Pheasant Tails, Olive Midges, Crane Fly Larvae in Cream or Olive, Pheasant Tails, Hare's Ears,,and Buckskin Caddis in Tan or Cream. Hare's Ears, Prince Nymphs, JuJu Baetis in Black, Purple and Red, Barr's BWO Emerger, RS-2's, WD-40's, are also working well. If you're not having any luck with the aforementioned flies, try using Miracle Nymphs and Cream San Juan's. All of these flies have saved my bacon many a day while guiding on the Williams Fork. Streamers can also be effective.
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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” SWA.
With little to no precip recently, the South Park drainages are have good to very good visibility. BWO's, small Hoppers and Caddis are your go to dries. Standard attractor nymphs will put fish onto the end of your line. Mostly smaller fish are being caught but there are a few of the bigger fish in the system.
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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 730 cfs level makes float fishing an excelllent option again. This flow is a bit high for ideal wade fishing but not so high that you shouldn't go. Green Drakes are still around but less so than a few weeks ago. We are seeing decent hatches of Caddis. PMD's are also an available food source for the trout.
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: Pat's Rubber Legs, Tung Teasers, Olive and Black Zebra Midges, Standard Pheasant Tails, Gray WD-40's, Charlie's "TDJ" Pheasant Tails, Moorish's Anato Mayfly Nymph, CDC Hare's Ears and CDC Pheasant Tails in all sizes.
Dries to Try: Chubby Chernobyl's, Stimulators, Caddis (sizes 12-18), Parachute Adams (sizes 16-20), Royal Wulffs (sizes 12-16).
Try these Dries: Parachute Adams, Matthews Sparkle Dun, and Brooks Sprout Midges in Gray or Black.
See Spinney Mountain Reservoir report (above)
The wade fishing is spotty but if you catch a good hatch you'll have a smile on your face. Dry fly fishing (think BWO's and Caddis) has really picked up. Nymph fishing is producing good results. The browns are transitioning into their more aggressive, fall behavior. Understandably, streamer fishing is improving almost daily.
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Gore Creek is running clear and is fishing well in the deeper runs and pools.
The action at the Ten Mile Inlet (i.e. the area where the Ten Mile enters Lake Dillon) is slowing down. A better choice is the Ten Mile itself. There are plenty of smaller fish to be caught in the Creek itself at the moment. Pink, brown, red or orange worms (rubber or Chenille) are working well. Hopper patterns, Caddis, Stimulators and Royal Wullfs will work on the surface; small rubber leg stoneflies and standard nymphs will get the job done under the water.
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. Give it a try. It just might become you favorite place to get that "quick fix."
The current flow is perfect for fly fishing. Anglers are having success on the Snake using medium sized Stimulators and Caddis, San Juan Worms, and attractor bead head nymphs.
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 till dark.
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