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COLORADO FISHING REPORTS

Colorado Fishing Report

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

 

Fishing Overview*

 Updated: 9/21/14   


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The Blue in Town looks great and is fishing well. We are seeing mostly Blue Wing Olives (BWO's) and Yellow Sallies. Size #16-#22 Pheasant Tails and BWO nymphs, drowned ants and assorted Midge patterns have been the ticket for fishing 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. In addition to the BWO's and the Flavs, there are still sporadic Yellow Sally hatches throughout the day. Fish have been willing to take size 18-22 BWO adults, as well as #14-#18 Parachute/Standard Adams, Royal Wulffs, Stimulators, Caddis, ant and beattle patterns. The water temp has been in the mid 50's in town. Please take note of several black bear sightings in and around the Heeny Bridge area.

 

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The fishing on the Colorado River had been good to very good from Pumphouse all the way to Dotsero.The dry fly action has been good to very good on Hoppers, Stimulators and Elk Hair Caddis. Under the water, Caddis larvae and emergers have been producing very well.  Tricos, Midges, PMD's and BWO's should also be in your nymph rotation. The BWO hatch should resume once the Colorado's water temperature drops a bit. Our recent heat wave has been outstanding for the soul but it did put the brakes on the Colorado's BWO activity. Expect to find fish spread throughout the river and not only aong the banks. The Colorado near Parshall has good visibility and is fishing well. See the detailed report below.

 

The Arkansas has cleared above Salida and the action should be quite good from Buena Vista to Salida. It seems like the Leadville area has slowed down with the colder weather we have been experiencing.

 

The action on the Roaring Fork below Carbondale is good to very good. The Colorado below Glenwood is fishing nicely as well.

 

Both Spinney Mountain Reservoir and Antero Reservoir have been spotty lately. That said, the streamer action on Spinney has been really picking up 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 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 under-going stream improvements below County Road 59. The following was sent to us by thr DNR regarding the work being performed on the Dream: "The construction takes place from 7-2 pm Monday through Thursday only.  The stream is usually cleared completed by one hour after we have finished for the day.  The reach we are working on is the most downstream and furthest from Spinney dam which means that there is 3 miles of totally clear water upstream of where we are working."

 

The Middle Fork of the South Platte (e.g. Tomahawk) has good clarity and is fishing fair to good.

  

As of this morning, 747 cfs was coming out of Green Mountain Reservoir into the lower Blue River.  Hopper patterns and Stimulators are taking fish but nymphing is your best bet if you are wade fishing. If you a floating, double dry flies, dry/dropper, 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: 3-4 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: 3-4 Stars   

South Platte below Spinney: 2-3 Stars   

Spinney Mountain Reservoir: 2-3 Stars

Middle Fork of the South Platte:  3 Stars   

Muddy Creek: 2-3 Stars

Eagle River: 3 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 107 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, Sunken Ants: #14-#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. Water temps are in the mid 50's, which makes for good hatches and comfortable wading. Yellow Sallies and Blue Wing Olives have been the dominant insect hatches, especially near Green Mountain Reservoir. Green Drakes and their smaller cousin, the Flav, have been spotted but there hasn't been much consistency to the hatch. Give the Green Mountain Reservoir inlet area (and above) a try. The "Boardwalk" access has been fishing nicely. If your mission is to find the Drakes or Flavs, expect to start seeing them in the late morning hours. 

 

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, PT Cuisers, Bubbleback PMD's, Prince Nymphs, Military Mayflies, 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: Green Drakes, PMD's, Caddis, Purple or Yellow Chubby Chernobyl's, Stimulators, Royal Wullfs and Parachute Adams.

 

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Blue Wing Olives (BWO's) are becoming the primary food source for the trout, especially on the Colorado near Parshall. The Parshall area water tends to cool sooner in the fall than the water below the Pumphouse area does. Caddis and tricos 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 Split-Back 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 all but gone. 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 clarity on the Colorado River is good throughout the system. The warm weather has put off the Blue Wing Olive (BWO) hatch for now. Caddis are haching sporadically thoughout the day but especially in the afternoon and Tricos are still active some days. The nymphing has been good to very good lately on Yuba Pupa's, size 16 and 18 Guide's Choice Hare's Ears, Black or Red Zebra Midges, Psycho Baetis, Olive or Gray Sparkle Wing RS-2's, Olive or Black BLM's, small CDC Hare's Ears and Y's Caddis. Topwater action has been decent to very good on Chubby Chernobyl's, Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis, Fuzzy Wuzzies, BC Hoppers and Flying Ant patterns. The dry fly action during the day is spotty but the dedicated dry fly angler will be rewarded. Lately, we are seeing more fish willing to eat the "big" dry flies off the bank, say between 2 and 8 feet. We are having success fishing smaller dries (e.g. Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators) in the soft bank water, eddies and pools.

 

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

 

Guide Brandon Omahen knows where this hog brown lives:

 

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Nymphs that have been effective recently: Black, Brown, Olive Pat's Rubber Legs (Size 6-12), Red Copper Johns (Size 16-18), TDJ's (Size 10-12), 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 10-16), Parachute Adams, Yellow or Red PMX's and Royal Wulffs.

  

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The action on the Arkansas River below Leadville has been off lately. Blue Winged Olives annd Caddis are the main food source. 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. 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 (#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 has improved clarity and is very fishable from top to bottom. 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.

  

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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), Black and Standard Pheasant Tails (#18-#22), and Black or Red Two-Bit Hookers (#18). 

 

Dries to try (use big flies): 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 both the Roaring Fork and 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!

 

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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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This is what we are being told regarding the stream imrovements being conducted on the Dream Stream:

"we are working on the lower 6,000 feet of the channel just upstream of Cty Rd 59. There are approximately 3 miles of stream upstream of our work site that are totally unaffected by our activities. The construction takes place from 7-2 pm Monday through Thursday only.  The stream is usually cleared completed by one hour after we have finished for the day.  The reach we are working on is the most downstream and furthest from Spinney dam which means that there is 3 miles of totally clear water upstream of where we are working." 

 

Our last trip down that way inexplicably found dirty water above County Road 59 so, unfortunately, we don't have a very current report for the Dream.

 

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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. Terrestrials like hoppers, bettles and ants are taking fish. 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)

 

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It looks like the rumors of a winterkill on Antero are at least somewhat exaggerated. Antero was stocked with a large number of Tiger Trout. Even so, the action on Antero has been spotty at best. That said, some anglers are having significantly better days than other anglers and some large rainbows are being landed. We've decided to reduce Antero's rating from 3 stars to 1 star for a couple of reasons. First, we are hearing that there are now more suckers than trout in Antero. Second, we are hearing too many negative reports from Antero (including a couple of reports from our guides). 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 anchored boats using attractor nymphs (i.e. Hare's Ears, Pheasant Tails, Midges). We are still seeing some Callibaetis activity. Streamers are also must haves this time of year when fishing Spinney Mountain Reservoir.

 

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. 

  

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The Williams Fork is currently running at 200 cfs. This is a fun flow for fishing the Willy's Fork. At this river level, fish will be seeking shelter from the current. Focus your attention on the softer water, deeper runs, undercut banks and depressions in the river bottom. The riffle shelves are also typical lies for trout living in the Williams Fork at 200 cfs. The mosquitos are hardly an issue anymore.

 

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.

 

BWO's, Caddis and Terestrials 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 770 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. 

 

 

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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).

 

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

 

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See Spinney Mountain Reservoir report (above)

 

The wade fishing is spotty but if you catch a good hatch you'll have a smile om your face. Dry fly fishing (think PMD's, Caddis, Yellow Sallies) has really picked up. Nymph fishing is also producing good results. Streamer fishing is still productive but not on fire like it was this spring. 

 

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Gore Creek is running clear and is at a very fishable 40 cfs. Attractor nymphs and dries will do the job.....as will a a healthy dose of stealth.

 

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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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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."

 

 


 

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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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