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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: 7/23/14   


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Some of the best fishing of the year is taking place right now. Water clarity is no longer an issue on most, if not all, of the rivers we fish. As flows on our local rivers continue to recede, the fishing is improving almost daily. July is shaping up to be quite a month for anglers to be out on the water.

 

The fishing over the past few weeks on the Blue River in Silverthorne has been good to excellent. The action on the Blue north of Silverthorne is improving every day. Today's flow of 523 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 Pheasant Tails and assorted Midges have been the ticket. 

 

The water clarity on the Colorado River has improved to a very welcome 2-3 feet (or more). Nymph fishing under an indicator or a large dry fly continues to be good to very good. While we are seeing a few fish attack Hopper patterns when the conditions are bright and sunny, the best dry fly action typically occurs under cloudy conditions (or after 5 pm on the sunny days). Yellow Sallies and PMD's are still hatching most days but in lesser numbers than last week. Caddis are an increasingly important food source for the trout, especially in the afternoon hours. Our guided float trips are a great way to access the most productive water on the lower Colorado River below Pumphouse and our wade guides will take you to the hottest locations on the Upper Colorado. Detailed reports can be found below in "Water We Guide On." Or give us call us at the shop for the latest info: 970-262-2878. 

 

The action on the Roaring Fork below Carbondale is slowing down. 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 at 205 cfs, which is an ideal level for fooling a few fish with your flies. The flow on the Middle Fork of the South Platte (i.e. Tomahawk) has finally declined to an ideal level for fly fishing. Both locations are good to very good fishing options.

  

As of this morning,  844 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)  

Blue River North of Silverthorne: 2-3 Stars   

Blue River below Green Mountain: 1 Star  

Colorado River near Parshall: 3-5 Stars   Fishing Well. Plenty of Mosquitoes!

Colorado River near Pumphouse: 3-5 Stars  Some of Our Float Trips Have Been Epic Lately

Williams Fork: 2-3 Stars     

Colorado below Glenwood: 3-4 Stars     

Roaring Fork: 3 Stars    

Arkansas River near Leadville: 3-4 Stars

Arkansas River near Salida: 4-5 Stars

South Platte below Spinney: 2-3 Stars 

Spinney Mountain Reservoir: 2-3 Stars

Middle Fork of the South Platte:  2-3 Stars  

Muddy Creek: 1-2 Stars

Eagle River: 3-4 Stars   

  

 *For more detailed information, including flies to try and real time flows, click on a river from the list below.

 


 

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The current 523 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. Landing them in the heavy current will most likely prove more difficult than hooking up!

 

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 Tips: With flows dropping on the Blue, you will want to start using smaller tippets. Give 5X fluorocarbon a try. If you are breaking fish off, try moving up to 4X fluorocarbon.

 

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: #14-#16, 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 flows fall under 300 cfs or so:

Parachute Adams:#20-#26, #20-#22 CDC Baetis Dun, Matthews Sparkle Dun: #20-#24, Stuck-in-the-Shuck Midge: #22-#24, Brooks Sprouts in Black, Gray or Cream: #22-#26.

 

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The water clarity on the Blue River below Silverthorne is improving almost daily. The wade fishing will be challenging at 540 cfs but you will catch fish. Give the Green Mountain Reservoir inlet area a try. The "Boardwalk" access has been fishing nicely.

 

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, 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 Sallies and Pale Morning Duns (PMD's) on the upper Colorado. The nymphing has been good on Caddis, PMD and Yellow Sally nymphs. The dry fly action on cloudy days, and the evenings, 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 are seeing good numbers 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, large CDC Hare's Ears, Psycho Princes and, in the afternoon, Barr's Graphic Cadddis in Tan. Trout are also chowing on Chubby Chernobyl's, Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails and Real Meals. The dry fly action is spotty but the dedicated dry fly angler will be rewarded by throwing Golden Stone 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:

 

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Nymphs that have been effective recently: Black, Brown, Olive Pat's Rubber Legs (Size 6-12), Pince Nymphs (Size 10-16), Tungsten Yellow Sallies (Size18-14), 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: Orange Rogue Stones (Size 4-8), Orange Fuzzy Wuzzies (Size 4-8), Designated Hitter (Size 6-8), and Orange or Yellow Stimulators (Size 6-10), Parachute Adams, Parachute PMD'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.

 

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 (#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 8-12 feet of water from the bank. Flows are still elevated and fish still need shelter from the fastest current. That said, fish are moving off the bank and into the heavier (but not the heaviest) current. It's go time on the Ark. 

  

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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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Guide Mitch Melichar floated his clients from Carbondale to 2 Rivers Park on July 14. Fishing on both nymphs and dries was fair. Guide Reed Ryan experienced much better fishing when he floated above Carbondale a few days later. Want to know how the Fork will fish tomorrow? You won't know unless you go! Want to go? Call us at 970-262-2878 or book your Roaring Fork Float Trip online

 

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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, .

 

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The current 205 cfs is a very good flow for fishing the Dream Stream. Flows are have declined enough to make 5X fluorocarbon necessary again, maybe even 6X. There are a few of the bigger lake fish lurking around but expect to have to hunt to find them.  Pheasant Tails, 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 pure 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)

 

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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.

 

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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 100 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 911 cfs makes for challenging wade fishing. 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. 

 

 

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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 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 high side but it has good clarity. It's the same song: look to fish the lower velocity bank water, pools and pockets.

 

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The inlet area as 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.

 

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Clear Creek is a bit too high yet. Give this another week or two. This can be a dangerous piece of water if you find yourself swimming. Please consider staying on the bank and leave the wading until after things quiet down.

 

**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."

 

**This will all be accurate after run-off.


 

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Current flow is a bit high for fly fishing. That said, experienced anglers are having success on the Snake. Look to fish the softest water you can find. This often means casting directly upstream and landing your cast very tight to the river's bank. There are a few soft drops and pockets to be found. These areas will be easier to fish than tossing casts directly upstream along the bank.

  

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We have been hearing good things from the Frying Pan over Basalt way. If you have the time to make the drive, give it a try.

 

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