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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 under the heading, "Water We Guide On." Looking for general Colorado fly fishing and lake information? Visit our General River Information Page


Fishing Overview*

 Updated: 10/31/14 

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Roaring Fork Beauties


Fall fishing is well underway. And it has been good! That said, patience, persistence and flexibility are invaluable qualities in an angler this time of year. The amazing fall weather we have been experiencing certainly helps with our attitude when we hit a slow patch of fishing during the day. There hasn't been a magical time of day. When you catch a bright and sunny fall day, worm and egg patterns tend to work best early and late in the day. The same can be said with regards to streamers. Nymphs imitating insects have been a bit more effective during the warmest part of the day. During overcast periods, streamers have been effective throughout the day. Cloudy, fall days often trigger significant Blue Wing Olive hatches. So come to the river prepared to switch to dry flies and nymphs that imitate BWO's. And don't forget your Midge box!


The Blue in Town looks great and is fishing well. We are seeing mostly Midges, a few Blue Wing Olives (BWO's) and a smattering of the large, late season, "October" Caddis. Egg Patterns, BWO nymphs 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, size 18-22 patterns imitating Midges and BWO's are your go-to patterns right now. Try Matthew's Sparkle Dun, extended body BWO's, and classics like the Adams (both the Standard and Parachute versions). Royal Wulffs, Stimulators and Elk Hair Caddis should also be in your fly box. The water temp has been in the low to mid 40's in town. 



Float Fishing the Colorado


The Colorado has very good clarity top to bottom. The dry fly action near Pumphouse has been fair lately on Blue Wing Olive adults.  Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis and attractor dry fly patterns (e.g. Royal Wulffs) will also take fish. Obviously(?), our recent abundance of sunshine days hasn't helped the dry fly fly enthusiast. Under the water, small Pheasant Tails, Pat's Rubberlegs, Midges and BWO specific nymphs and emergers (e.g. #16/18 Two-Bit Hookers, #18/20 Psycho Baetis, #22 Split-Case BWO's) have been producing. Tunsten CDC Pheasant Tails, Tricos and Midge patterns should also be in your nymph rotation. The BWO hatch has waned lately on the Colorado near Pumphouse. Egg patterns and midges are becoming more important. Expect to find most trout to be holding within 4 feet of the river bank in the shallow riffles and drops. There are still a few fish to be found in the eddies and pools.


The Colorado near Parshall has good visibility. The upper Colorado near Parshall and the Williams Fork tailwater have both been fishing well. See the detailed report below.


The action has been fair to good on the lower Arkansas near Salida. Bwo's and Midges are the primary bugs on the Ark. The action on the Ark near Leadville has been less consistent than on the lower stretches of the river.


Expect good to very good visibility today on the Roaring Fork 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 is winding down. That said, the action on both streamers and nymphs can still be wicked good some days. Streamers in black, olive and white will get the fish's attention. Standard summer nymphs (e.g. Hare's Ears, Pheasant Tails, Chironomids) have been effective when the fish aren't interested in the streamer. 


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) has good water clarity. Get out and enjoy this amazing weather!


465 cfs is the current discharge below Green Mountain Reservoir. Nymphing is your best bet but come to the river with a selection of BWO and Midge dries.  


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: 2-3 Stars  

Colorado River near Parshall: 3 Stars  

Colorado River near Pumphouse: 3 Stars 

Williams Fork: 2-3 Stars     

Colorado below Glenwood: 2-3 Stars 

Roaring Fork: 2-3 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: 2-3 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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Water We Guide On


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. 


We'll make it easy. Click here to order a selection of guide tested flies that kill it on the Blue River in Silverthorne.


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.


We'll make it easy. Click here to order a selection of hand picked flies that consistently catch fish on the Blue River North of Silverthorne.

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) and Midges are the primary food sources for the trout on the Colorado near Parshall. Eggs from spawning brown trout, 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 Egg Patterns, San Juan Worms, Gray or Olive 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 streamer and dry fly action on cloudy days have 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. If your schedule allows, it can be worth your time to fish into the sunset hours.


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. 


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.


We'll make it easy. Click here to order a selection of hand picked flies that trout love to eat on the upper Colorado River.

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The Colorado River has very good visibility top to bottom. Expect productivity to deteriorate to some extent the further you venture below Catamount. It seems that many of the trout in the Colorado move upstream to spawn (we only have anecdotal evidence for that statement).


Caddis are still hatching sporadically throughout the day but the fish seem particularly keyed on Midges, Egg Patterns and BWO's. We aren't seeing many BWO's on the sunny days. Tricos are still active some days and Trico nymph imitations have been effective some mornings into the noon hours.  The nymphing has been fair to good to very good lately on Drowned Tricos (size 20-24), Black or Olive Zebra Midges (size 18-24), 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 best on cloudy days. Expect fair to good action on Parachute Adams, Mathew's Sparkle BWO, Gulper Specials, Chubby Chernobyl's, Stimulators and Elk Hair Caddis. 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. That said, the streamer bite has definitely slowed down over the past week. Make sure to try all sizes of streamers and running them at all depths. Sometimes your 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. 


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





Dry Flies to Try:  Parachute BWO's (Size 18-22), 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 8,10), Red Copper Johns (Size 16,18), Psycho Baetis (Size 18,20), Purple Psycho Princes (Size 18,20),  Standard and Black Pheasant Tails (Size 18-22), CDC Pheasant Tails and CDC Hare's Ears (Size 14-18).


We'll make it easy. Click here to order a selection of custom flies that crush on the Colorado River near Pumphouse.

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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.


We'll make it easy. Click here  to order a selection of guide selected flies that will humiliate the trout on the upper Arkansas River.

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.


We'll make it easy. Click here to order a selection of proven flies that the fish can't resist on the Arkansas River near Salida.

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 to excellent on the Roaring Fork and on the Colorado River below Glenwood Springs. The scenery is stunning:






The fishing has slowed down some lately out Glenwood way. The blue-bird weather, very clear water and the brown trout spawn all contribute to the tougher fishing on the Colorado and the Roaring Fork. In general, we have noticed a significant imrovement in the fishing action during overcast conditions.


The Roaring Fork seems to be fishing a bit better than the Colorado below Glenwood. Sub-surface, the Roaring Fork trout seem somewhat more interested in Egg Patterns than insect imitations. Streamer fishing has been best early and late in the day. Cloudy days have provided the most consistent streamer action. The dry fly fishing is fair to poor on sunny days (you'll have to be persistent to have any success on dries under high sun conditions) and fair to good on the overcast days.


Persistence, cloudy weather and a Skinny Nelson (nymph) contibuted to this one:





We'll make it easy. Click here to order a selection of flies that Roaring Fork trout eat like it's their job.

Flies to try: Pat's Rubber Legs, in Black, Tan or Olive (#8-#10), Egg Patterns (#12-#18), JuJu BWO's (#18-#22), Tungsten CDC Hare's Ears and Pheasant Tails (#14-#18),  Natural or Black Pheasant Tails (#16-#22), Standard Hare's Ears (#14-#18), Skinny Nelson's (#18-#22) 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. Big Browns come out of their Eleven Mile Reservoir hiding places and the big reservoir rainbows like to follow the browns into the Dream Stream. Egg Patterns, San Juan Worms and small Midge/BWO imitations are all effective, sub-surface offerings for this time of year.


A special bonus is the presence of Kokanee salmon. Spawning Kokanee salmon will often snap at brightly colored flies and bead-head pattern. They aren't actively feeding. But their aggressive snapping at your fly is, more or less, indistinguishable from a feeding strike.


Flies to try: Assorted Egg Patterns, San Juan Worms, 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. Egg patterns can be deadly on the Muddy this time of year. 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)


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Less than stellar fishing on Antero.  If you want to give it a try, please see the Spinney Mountain Reservoir Report for fly selection.


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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  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. Wade anglers have been having some success throwing streamers in the bays during the morning and evening time frames.


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. 


We'll make it easy. Click here to order a selection of killer flies that work on most still waters, but specifically on Spinney Mountain Reservoir .


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The Williams Fork is currently running at 119 cfs. This is a great flow for fishing the Willy's Fork. Recent angler reports indicate improved fishing on the Williams Fork over the past week.


Fish will hold throughout the river at this flow and at this time of year. Please be watchful of treading on the Brown trout spawning beds (i.e. "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, Egg Patterns, San Juan Worms, smaller Zebra Midges, 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. All 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 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. Parachute Adams, 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. Streamers are most effective early/late in the day when its sunny. Overcast conditions often provide solid streamer action throughout the day.


We'll make it easy. Click here to order an array of angler tested flies that the trout like to eat on the Middle and South Forks of the South Platte River.


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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 465 cfs is a drop down from 700 cfs. Float fishing is bit more challenging at this level.  On the other hand, the lower flow makes for a better wade fishing expeience. Bwo's and midges are the insects of interest to the trout. Egg patterns and streamers have also been effective. Most of the action is taking place below the water surface but don't be surprised to see trout sipping midges or bwo's in the surface film. 





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).


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Try these Dries: Parachute Adams, Matthews Sparkle Dun, and Brooks Sprout Midges in Gray or Black.


Learn More about the Blue River>

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.


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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. 


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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."




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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.


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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 till dark.


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