COLORADO FISHING REPORTS
The most current, accurate fishing reports and information are key to a good day on the water. In addition to providing quality Colorado fishing reports, we also supply real-time streamflow data. To see a detailed fishing report for a specific river, and view it's real-time streamflow, simply click on a river under the heading, "Water We Guide On." Looking for general Colorado fly fishing and lake information? Visit our General River Information Page.
Water clarity has become an issue today with our recent rain. Most of our rivers have enough visibility to fish successfully but are not running clear. Current exceptions to that statement include the Colorado River below Radium, the Tomahawk access on the Middle Fork of the South Platte and the Arkansas River below Howard; all of these areas have very impaired clarity. Please call the shop for the most up to date info: 970-262-2878.
The fishing over the past few weeks on the Blue River in Silverthorne has been good. The Blue in town below Straight Creek is off-color but remains very fishable. The action on the Blue north of Silverthorne will likely be "off" a bit today due to the decreased visibility. Today's flow of 812 on the Blue is quite a bit higher than the average cfs for this time of the year. You will have to search out the softer, feeding lies to be successful. Once you have located the lower velocity water, expect to find good numbers of trout. Mysis Shrimp, San Juan Worm patterns, small (#20-#22) Pheasant Tails and assorted Midges have been the ticket. See the Blue River report below for an update on Denver Water's siphoning/water diversion program and its possible effects on the fishing.
The water clarity on the Colorado River is currently fair near Pumphouse. Below Radium, the Colorado is unfishable. The Colorado near Parshall has elevated flows due to the rain. Judging from the streamflow graphs, it looks to be fishable but we don't, as of 9am today, have a first hand report. Please call the shop for the latest info: 970-409-9099
In general, the action on the Roaring Fork below Carbondale is slowing down. Today, the visibility is fair to poor. The best fishing right now is above Carbondale. Dry/dropper rigs have been the ticket lately. The most consistent dry fly action on any stretch of the Fork occurs from 7pm until (and after) dark. All that said, the best float fishing in the Glenwood area is probably on the Colorado River.
Both Spinney Mountain Reservoir and Antero Reservoir have been spotty lately. 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 Callibaetis nymphs. Chironomid patterns are still fooling fish as well.
The Dream Stream section of the South Platte below Spinney Mountain Reservoir is currently flowing clear at 299 cfs and is very fishable. The Middle Fork of the South Platte (i.e. Tomahawk) is blown out today due to heavy rain. Look for Tomahawk to become fishable in a few days (assuming the rains abate).
As of this morning, 1020 cfs was coming out of Green Mountain Reservoir into the lower Blue River.
The Copper Ponds and Officer's Gulch Pond have recently been stocked and are worth a look.
Trent Park Pond, a "kid's only" pond located in Silverthorne, has been producing smiles lately.
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: 2-3 Stars (out of 5 Stars) Stained/Fishable
Blue River North of Silverthorne: 1-2 Stars Heavy Stain near Green Mountain Reservoir
Blue River below Green Mountain: 2 Stars
Colorado River near Parshall: 3-4 Stars Awaiting more Info. Still Plenty of Mosquitoes!
Colorado River near Pumphouse: 3-4 Stars Poor Visibility below Radium
Williams Fork: 2-3 Stars
Colorado below Glenwood: 1 Star Poor Visibility
Roaring Fork: 1-3 Stars Fair Visibility but Clearing
Arkansas River near Leadville: 2-3 Stars Fair Visibility
Arkansas River near Salida: 3-4 Stars Questionable Visibility below Howard
South Platte below Spinney: 2-3 Stars
Spinney Mountain Reservoir: 2-3 Stars
Middle Fork of the South Platte: 0 Star Poor Visibility
Muddy Creek: 1-2 Stars
Eagle River: 1-2 Stars Fair to Poor Visibility
*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 710 cfs coming out of Dillon Reservoir wiill make for some challenging angling. Look for the soft water and you should find fish willing to eat your fly.
Day in and day out, Mysis shrimp are doing the most consistent damage. Dark to brightly colored midges and San Juan worms are accounting for a good number of hook-ups as well. We are no longer seeing Straight Creek have much influence on either water clarity or volume on the Blue River.
Today's Tip: It looks like Denver Water has started to siphon lake water into the "Glory Hole" in an effort to perform some repairs on the dam. We suspect this to increase Blue River water temps and decrease the number of Mysis in the river. The fish expect to see mysis in the river and should continue to feed on our Mysis imitations, at least for a while (and maybe until normal dam operations resume?). We have all our fingers crossed that the increase in water temperature in the Blue will trigger hatches of the warmer water insects (e.g. Pale Morning Duns, Green Drakes, and the larger Yellow Sallies and Caddis). Time will tell but we can hope, can't we?
In the mornings and the evenings, the fish often seem particularly interested in eating Mysis shrimp. A good rule of thumb for Mysis is to use the more flashy patterns on cloudy days and the less flashy patterns-including clear Mysis patterns-on the brighter, sunnier days.
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Nymphs to try:
Pink Rubber Worms: #14-#22 Mysis Patterns: #16-#22, Red, Pearl or Black Rainbow Warriors: #20-#22, Mercury Blood Midges: #20-#22, Light and Dark Colored Bling Midges: #22-#24, Miracle Nymphs: #20-#22, Dailey's Tailwater Assassin in Red or Black: #22-#24, Barr's Emerger: #18-#22, UV Midges: #20-#26, Black and Pale Olive Pure Midges: #18-#22, JuJu Midges in Zebra, Red or Olive: #20-#24, RS-2's in Gray or Black: #22-#26, Top Secret Midges: #20-#24, Smith's Tidbit Midge: #20-#24, Pheasant Tails: #20-#24, WD-40's in Black, Gray or Olive : #20-#24, Black Beauties and Mercury Black Beauties: #20-#24.
Dries to try when cloudy or in the evening (or just because you want to!):
Parachute Adams:#16-#20, Elk Hair Caddis: #14-#18, Chubby Chernobyl's: #6-#10, Royal Wulffs: #14-#18, Stimulators: #12-#18..
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The water clarity on the Blue River below Silverthorne is very good. While the current flow of 710 cfs is significantly higher than average, stay focused on the softer holding water and you will be successful. Give the Green Mountain Reservoir inlet area a try. The "Boardwalk" access has been fishing nicely.
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Patterns for this stretch:
Nymphs: Stonefly Nymphs of all sizes, Streamers, Rainbow Warriors, Prince Nymphs, Standard Pheasant Tails, and Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails/Hare's Ears. Come on in and pick up Charlie's (Charlie is one of our guides) improved CDC Pheasant Tail pattern: the "TDJ". It is a must have addition to your box. The TDJ's extra weight and curved design makes it particularly effective during periods of high water and for making contact with trout holding in deep water.
Dries: Get the big box out. Rogue Stones, Fuzzy Wuzzies, Purple or Yellow Chubby Chernobyl's, Designated Hitters, Foamulators, Stimulators, Madame X's, PMX's, Large Royal Wullfs, etc...
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We are still seeing Yellow Sallies and Pale Morning Duns (PMD's) on the upper Colorado. The nymphing has been good on Caddis larvae, PMD and Yellow Sally nymphs. The dry fly action on cloudy days, and especially in the evenings after a sunny day, 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 the mid-afternoon.
Visibility on the Colorado River is good (3 feet or so) at Paul Gilbert and is even better below the Williams Fork confluence (think Parshall, Breeze, Sunset accesses). Anglers are also catching good numbers of fish in the Parshall area. A group of our guides fished below Parshall on Tuesday. The nymphing in the morning was good on Tungsten Yellow Sallies and CDC Pheasant Tails. The afternoon dry fly fishing on Parachute Sulphur Duns was memorable. Now is the time for fishing the upper Colorado. Remember you insect repellant! The mosquitos can be fierce in the upper Colorado due to the flood irrigation practiced on the local ranches.
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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On the Colorado near Pumphouse, we seeing hatches of PMD's, Yellow Sallies and Caddis. The nymphing has been very good to very good lately on Stone Fly nymphs like Pat's Rubber Legs (try the Olive), Tungsten Yellow Sallies, CDC Hare's Ears, Psycho Princes and, in the afternoon, Size 16-18 CDC Hare's Ears and Barr's Graphic Cadddis in Tan. Trout are also chowing on Fuzzy Wuzzies, Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails and TDJ's Pheasant Tail. The dry fly action is spotty but the dedicated dry fly angler will be rewarded by throwing Hopper, Golden Stone, PMD and Caddis imitations. Lately, we are seeing more fish willing to eat the "big" dry flies throughout the river system, and not just tight to the bank. We are having success fishing smaller dries (e.g. Parachute PMD's, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators) in the soft bank water, eddies and pools.
The visibility in the river is also improving and currently comes in at about 2-3 feet. With the improved water clarity, the trout are beginning to spread out. We are seeing some fish willing to move into the faster seams (but not the heavy current) to feed. That said, there are still plenty of trout feeding in the slower seams, soft bank water and eddies. As always, call the shop for the latest info: 970-262-2878.
Guide Brandon Omahen knows where this hog brown lives:
Nymphs that have been effective recently: Black, Brown, Olive Pat's Rubber Legs (Size 6-12), Red Copper Johns (Size 12-18), Tungsten Yellow Sallies (Size 14-18), Black, Olive or White Streamers (Size 4-10), Standard and Black Pheasant Tails (Size 12-16), CDC Pheasant Tails and CDC Hare's Ears (Size 12-18), Buckskins (Size 14-18).
Dry Flies to Try: Fuzzy Wuzzies (Size 6-10), Streambank Hoppers (Size 8-16), Parachute PMD's (Size 14-18), and Orange or Yellow Stimulators (Size 6-10), Parachute Adams, Yellow or Red PMX's and Royal Wulffs.
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The Arkansas River below Leadville is fishing better and better. Caddis, Yellow Sallies, PMD's and Green Drakes are on the menu most days. The exent to which the bugs come off on any given day will, in large measure, determine you success on the water. Water clarity is at 2 feet or more. Fish are slowly moving off the banks as flows recede. So don't expect to find as many trout huggung the banks as you saw when the river was higher.
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Nymphs to try: Tung Teasers (#12-#16), Count Drakeula's (#12), CDC Tungsten Pheasant Tails (#12-#16), Prince Nymphs (#12-#18)), Yellow Sally nymphs (#14-#18), CDC Hare's Ears (#10-#18), and Pat's Tan or Black Rubberleg in #8-#12.
Dries to try: Parachute Adams (#12-#14), Parachute PMD's (#14-#18), Stimulators (#12-#18), Chubby Chernobyl's (#8-#14), Colorado Drakes (#12-#14), ComparaDrakes (#12-#14), and PMX's in Yellow or Orange (#10-#16).
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The Arkansas near Salida is fishing very well, especially from a raft. Conditions are now prime for floating. Wade anglers will also do well. Whether from a boat or from the bank, focus on the first 3-12 feet of water from the bank and particularly around areas of good fish holding structure (e.g. in front of and behind large boulders, shelves, rocky bank water, etc.). Unless there is significant structure on the bank, expect to find more fish to be holding off the riverbank than hugging the bank. Expect to find trout holding throughout the river and in all but the heaviest current.
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Nymphs to try: Light or Dark Stonefly Nymphs (#8-#16), Copper Johns in Red or Copper (#12-#18), CDC Pheasant Tails (#16-#18), Psycho Princes (#14-#20), 20 Inchers (#10-#16), Tungsten Sallies (#12-#18), Black and Standard Pheasant Tails (#18-#22), and Black or Red Two-Bit Hookers (#18).
Dries to try (use big flies): Chubby Chernobyls, Foamulators, Designated Hitters, King Kongs, Fuzzy Wuzzies, BC Hoppers, Streambank Hoppers, Stimulators. etc...
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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The action on the lower Fork has slowed considerably over the past week. The upper Fork (i.e. above Carbondale) is a better choice. Really want to know how the Fork is fishing? You won't know unless you go! Want to go? Call us at 970-262-2878 or book your Roaring Fork Float Trip online.
Flies to try: Pat's Rubber Legs, in Black, Tan or Olive (#6-#10), Tung Teasers (#10-#16), Golden Stone Nymphs (#12-#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), PT Cruisers (#16-#18), CDC or Standard Prince Nymphs (#12-#16), and 20 Inchers (#10-#16).
On the surface: Chubby Chernobyl's, Fuzzy Wuzzies, Para-PMD's, Stimulators and Peacock Caddis and Elk Hair Caddis.
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The current 260 cfs is a very good flow for fishing the Dream Stream. 5x Fluoro should get the job done. There are a few of the bigger lake fish lurking around but expect to have to hunt to find them. Small natural Pheasant Tails, Olive Scuds, Midges, Caddis Larvae/Emergers and small PMD nymphs are your go-to flies right now. Don't be afraid to toss a Hopper pattern and/or a Hopper/Dropper rig. The stealthy angler will find a few fish sipping smaller bugs on the surface.
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Flies to try: Midge patterns, Olive or Orange Scuds #16-#24, Natural or Black Pheasant Tails, Split-Back BWO's, Bear's Baetis, Egg Patterns, San Juan Worms, Moorish's Ananto Mayfly, Black WD-40's and RS-2's. Fishing pressure has been fairly heavy on this stretch as runoff conditions elsewhere have pushed an increasing number of anglers to the clear water to be found on the Dream Stream.
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Water levels are dropping on the Muddy. The mosquitoes are tolerable but no one has enough blood to withstand the Deer Fly attacks! Bring bugspray with a high concentration of DEET, headnets and gloves if this is your destination!!
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)
It looks like the rumors of a winterkill on Antero are at least somewhat exaggerated. Fishing for larger trout has been better at Spinney but plenty of smaller fish are being hooked at Antero. For fly selection, please see the Spinney Mountain Reservoir Report.
Reports from Spinney are very positive. Fishing has been good from belly boats and anchored boats using flies imitating Chironomids and Callibaetis. Callibaetis are hatching in good numbers most days. If you aren't hooking up, try varying your depth, 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.
Jim and Mitch fished Spinney today (7/1/14). The day started off cold and cloudy. The morning angling session was abysmal. At about 1 pm, a small number of Callibaetis began hatching. The fishing was decent from 1-4 pm. Fish were caught in about 10 feet of water using #10 and #12 Tung Tesaers and #14-#16 Callibaetis nymphs suspended about 4-7 feet beneath an indicator.
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The Williams Fork is currently running at 110 cfs. This is an ideal flow for fishing the Willy's Fork. Look to find fish less fish hugging the banks now that the flow has dropped. Instead, fish will be hanging out in the deeper runs, cuts in the river bottom and pools. Shelves, or underwater drop-offs, are also typical lies for trout living in the Williams Fork at 100 cfs. Bring plenty of bug spray!
Try using standard Pheasant Tails, Black Pheasant Tails, Olive Midges, Yellow Sally and larger Stone fly nymphs, Crane Fly Larvae in Cream or Olive, Pheasant Tails, Hare's Ears, Green Rock Worms, 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, Cream Crane Fly Larvae 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.
Water levels in the South Park drainage are just coming into their prime. The water clarity is quite good. Fishing is good to very good. Drakes, Yellow Sallies, PMD's and Caddis are all hatching most days.
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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 1010 cfs makes for difficult wade fishing. This flow is also less than ideal for float fishing. Even so, experienced lower Blue River float anglers have been tearing it up. Green Drakes are on the water most days and we are seeing decent hatches of caddis. No reports of PMD's yet but they can't be far away.
Mountain Lions call this area home. Please consider leaving your dog at home and keep a watchful eye when hiking/fishing.
Nymphs to try: Pat's Rubber Legs, Tung Teasers, Tungsten Yellow Sally Nymphs, Count Drakeula's, Tungsten Hunchback Green Drakes, Olive and Black Zebra Midges, Gray WD-40's, BWO's in Black or Zebra, Charlie's "TDJ" Pheasant Tails, Moorish's Anato Mayfly Nymph, CDC Hare's Ears, Buckskins, and Standard Pheasant Tails in all sizes.
Dries to Try: Chubby Chernobyl's, Stimulators, Caddis (sizes 12-18), Parachute Adams (sizes 12-16), Royal Wulffs (sizes 12-16), Colorado Green Drakes (size 12), Paradrakes (size 12), and H&L Variants (sizes 12-14).
Try these Dries: Parachute Adams, Matthews Sparkle Dun, and Brooks Sprout Midges in Gray or Black.
See Spinney Mountain Reservoir report (above)
The Eagle is just passing its prime floating form. As the Eagle continues to drop in flow, the wade fishing will really pick up. Dry fly fishing (think PMD's, Caddis, Yellow Sallies) has really picked up from the bank as well as from a boat. Nymph fishing from a raft has been red hot lately and nymphing is easier to do from the bank at these decreased water levels. Streamer fishing is still productive but not on fire like it was a week or so ago. For experienced anglers, this is worth a shot from the bank right now.
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Gore Creek is running a bit on the discolored side with all our recent rain. If you have a foot or so of clarity, the stained water will hide your presence and allow for less than perfect casts to the Gore's experienced trout. In other words, don't let a little color in the water scare you off.
The inlet area where the Ten Mile enters Lake Dillon is great place to fish right now. Pink, brown, red or orange worms (rubber or Chenille) are working well. Pink or orange egg patterns, small rubber leg stoneflies and standard nymphs wil also get the job done.
Clear Creek is now fishable! And the fish are hungry. Get out there soon. 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.