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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 

 

A guided float fishing trip is a great way to see Colorado and our rivers. Guided fly fishing trips are for the whole family.

There are some big fish lurking around these days

                                       


  

Our Fall 2015 guide school will be held from Sunday, September 27th through Saturday, October 3rd. For more info about our school, give us a call at 970-262-2878 or drop us an email at anglers@fishcolorado.com.

 


 

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Water We Guide On: 8/4/15    

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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 276 cfs. Expect the Blue River to continue to drop some from here but this is a great level for fishing the Blue River in Silverthorne. 

 

Please be mindful of the power of the river at this flow. Don't risk being swept away while trying to get into position to make a cast or by doing a "Brad Pitt" while trying to land a fish. There are many places on the Blue in Silverthorne where you can spot nice sized fish, or a likely holding lie, safely make a cast and land your trout.

 

You will find some monster trout holding in the soft water along the banks and in the deeper pockets of the Blue River in Silverthorne. 

 

If you want a visual of the kind of water you should be looking to fish, check out our short video, "Fishing High Water:"

 

 

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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!!

 

The additional water coming out of the dam brings more Mysis Shrimp into the river. The best Mysis patterns of late have been Charlie's Mysis, the BTS Mysis and the Epoxy Mysis, all in sizes 16-20.

 

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. 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.

 

Tor Parker getting it done in high water

 

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.

 

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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Now that the Blue River has dropped from our elevated "run-off" levels to 276 cfs it has become significantly more manageable for the wade angler. Even so, the fishing is not easy and you must give the river the respect it deserves. Be careful out there.

 

The determined wade angler will find the soft water that holds trout at this flow. 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. 4x-5x tippet is recommended.

 

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Patterns for this stretch:

 

Nymphs: Stonefly Nymphs of all sizes, Prince Nymphs: #10-16, Standard Pheasant Tails and Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails/Hare's Ears: #10-16, JuJu Baetis (standard and purple): #18, 2-Bit Hookers:#16,  Split-Back BWO Nymphs: #18-#20, Buckskins, Egg Patterns and San Juan Worms. 

 

Dries: #6 Chubby Chernobyls and #8-#10 Golden Stones.

 

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The fishing is good but bring your bug spray. The mosquito's can be thick in these parts.

 

The Colorado River near Parshall currently has 2-4 feet of visibility. We have passed the peak flows of this year's runoff and the river is receding rather quickly. 

 

The surface acion has picked up considerably now that the river has calmed down. We are seeing decent Pale Morning Dun (PMD) and Caddis hatches (most days).

 

Most of the surface action has been on size 16-18 Parachute PMD's, Compara- PMD's, size 16-18 Elk Hair Caddis and size 16 Headlight Caddis. We are still getting a few fish to eat size 14-18 yellow Stimulators as well. The best nymphs have been size 16 Bubble-Back Pale Morning Dun (PMD) nymphs, size 16 black Pheasant Tails, size 18 Military Mayflies, and yellow/orange Psycho Princes. 


This Colorado rainbow ate a hopper patternWhile some trout are "bank hugging," we are finding that fish are moving further from the bank as the water velocity/volume in the river decreases.We are catching fish as close as 1 foot from the bank and as far out as 15 feet from the bank, depending on the speed of the water you are fishing. Should the water clarity deteriorate, expect the trout to move closer to the bank.

 

Focus on the water that is moving at half, or less than half, of the maximum velocity of the river. That is, look for the fastest part of the river and fish the water that seems to be moving at half, or less than, that maximum speed. Often times, the water you are looking for has a surface that looks like a bowl of Jell-O that is being gently wiggled (hence the term, "Jell-O Water"). If the "Jell-O Water" has a ledge, drop-off, or other structure, it is even more likely to hold fish. Choosing what speed of water to fish is often more important than your choice of fly.

 

Don't spend a lot of time fishing the bank water if it doesn't look conducive to holding trout (any bank that has water deep enough so that you can't see the bottom is a candidate to hold fish). If the bank water is too shallow, or too fast, to hold trout, look for the nearest water that is deep enough to hold fish. Depressions in the river bottom, even those that may seem rather insignificant, are great places to find trout. Also, you will find fish holding in the soft pockets and in the soft, tail out portions of seams. The inside part of a seam is also a good location to find feeding fish when the water has impaired visibility and/or is higher than "normal."

 

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.

 

Chris with a  client 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 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.

 

Happy float trip client.At its current flow of 1020 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 decline 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 Horse Creek. The fishing has been very good, especially on the cloudy days. The number of Caddis and Yellow Sallies on the water is diminishing but we are still seeing a fair number of Pale Morning Duns (PMD's). An olive or black Pat's Rubberlegs trailed by a #12-#16 Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tail have been among the best flies for us but Yellow Sally nymphs, PMD emergers 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 have find fish willing to eat Parachute Adams, PMD adults, Elk Hair Caddis and 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 still holding fish, as is the softer riffle water. We are also catching good numbers of fish in the faster pocket water where there is sufficient sheltering depth.

 

Brown trout and satisfied clients are all part of a guided trip with cutthroat AnglersWe advise float anglers resume floating above State Bridge. This section of the river has been neglected lately and the fishing on the lower river is beginning to feel the efffects of over-use. The rapids in the upper section are now less difficult to run and the tighter canyon areas are now, with the lower flow, more friendly to the float angler. Put another way, now that the water is slower and the targets are larger, the fishing on the Colorado below Pumphousw is easier (and better) than it has been in over a month.

 

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.The Colorado produces another great brown trout  

 

While there are still fish to be found along the banks, the "fishy spots" are the ones that have good structure and a medium to slow 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, #12-#16 Prince Nymphs, #14-#16 Red Quill nymphs, #14-#18 Iron Sallies, #12-#18 Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails and #16-#18 Crystal Hunchback PMD's.

 

Dry flies to try: #8-#12 Chubby Chernobyls, #14-#18 yellow or orange Stimulators, #14-#18 Elk Hair Caddis, #14-#18 Peacock Caddis, #14-#16 X-Caddis, #14-#16 Parachute PMD's 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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The Arkansas River holds many surprisesAt 156 cfs today, the Arkansas River below Leadville is running about average for this time of year. Visibility is good to very good.

 

While the dry fly fishing is still decent most days, the Green Drake hatch seems to be petering out. If the Drakes fail to appear, don't dispair, as the Pale Morning Duns (PMD's), the Yellow Sallies or Caddis will likely show up. The dry/dropper fishing has been quite good as well; so don't think dry flies are the only strategy that is working on the upper Arkansas. Deep nymphing (4-5 feet) with PMD nymphs and Caddis larvae imitations is also producing good results.

 

The surface action has been outstanding some days some days with Drakes, Pale Morning Duns, Yellow Sallies and Caddis on the water. That said, some days the top water action isn't very good. That is how it goes on the Arkansas River! Hair-Wing Green Drakes, Compara-Drakes, Colorado Green Drakes, Parachute Pale Morning Duns, Stimulators and Elk Hair Caddis will fool most of the top-water feeders. Try skating or twitching your dry fly if the dead drift doesn't produce any action.

 

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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 Neversink Caddis (#14-#16).

 

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The water clarity on the Arkansas River near Salida is very good. It is "go-time" on the Ark now that its flow is less than 1200 cfs (it is flowing at 850 cfs).  

Use a mid to large sized dry on your dry-dropper set-up and look for any soft water or pocket to throw your flies into. The strikes typically occur on the first or second cast when the water is this big. If you don't get a strike after a couple of casts move on. A size 12-16 Yellow Madam-X or Stimulator trailing a size 12-14 bead head Pheasant Tail, Yellow Sally Nymph or Hare's Ear will usually get the job done. Standard Copper Johns in size 12-16 are also good producers on the Ark at these flows.

 

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Water clarity is very good right now on the Fork. Get out there, the fishing has been good to very good.

 

Fishing from a boat has been better than the wade fishing. That said, the wade fishing has been pretty good! 

 

Reed Ryan float fished the Fork just before the rain messed things up. The dry fly fishing was exceptional and the dropper fly accounted for many hook-ups as well. Pale Morning Duns and Yellow Sallies were hatching in enough numbers to get the fish looking up. Cloudy days are best for the surface action.

 

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. Reed did well fishing the shallow water and in 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 of 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!

 

For what it's worth, Reed's best dry flies were the #10 Hair-Wing Green Drake and a #12 Stimulator. His best nymphs were a size 12 Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tail and a size 16 yellow/orange Psycho Prince.

 

Other 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).

 

Other Dries to try: H&L Variants (#12-#14), Crippled Green Drake (#12-#14), Para-Green Drakes (#12-#14), Royal Wullfs (#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 230 cfs, this stretch of the South Platte is now very fishable. Fish are being caught on Pale Morning Duns, Yellow Sallies, and Caddis. There have been reports of Tricos as well. The best fishing has been sub-surface but there have been some opportunities to fish the adult versions of the aforementioned insects.

 

Most of the big fish that move into South Platte in the Spring have returned to their lake homes. Even so, there are plenty of nice fish to be caught. You can use 4x-5x tippet. Streamers and hoppers are great options right now. Put a size 16-18 Pheasant Tail under it. A black zebra midge or spent Trico are also both good choices right now for your dropper flies.

 

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Water levels in Muddy Creek are near the 100 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. Fishing has improveed with the jump in flow from 20 cfs to 100 cfs. Woolly Buggers or twitching hoppers  or Caddis is 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 Tailare also good choices. Fishing at night is still a good strategy.

 

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 a little low for fly fishing right now. The 48 cfs of water is barely enough to successfuly practice catch and release. That said, handle your catch swiftly and carefully and you should be able to return fish back to their habitat unharmed.

 

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. 

 

It is game time for the Middle Fork of the South Platte. The flow is now about average for this time of year and the fish are whacking hoppers and large dries. Fishing a dropper under the big dries has also been very productive. The Green Drake hatch is waning but you might still  see a few. If you like fishing the Middle Fork, come and get it.

 

Dries to try: Stimulators, Hoppers, Green Drakes, Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Pale Morning Duns 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 470 cfs is fine, though not ideal, for wade fishing. Float anglers will get down the river but barely.

If you are an experienced angler, the wade fishing below the dam can be productive at this level. 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 clearing and dropping. If you like to float the Eagle, get out there soon as it will soon be too low to float. The wade fishing is improving almost daily as the river slowly makes its way down to summer levels. 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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