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COLORADO FISHING REPORTS
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Overall Fishing Reports*
The fishing on the Blue River in town continues to be quite good. Nice fish are being caught every day. The powers that be are letting a decent amount of water out of the reservoir--especially for this time of year. That makes for more food coming the trout's way and less time for the trout to inspect your flies. In turn, both the angler and the fish are happy, happy.
The conditions in the mornings and early afternoons have provided anglers with good sight fishing on the Blue River in Silverthorne. Mysis Shrimp are still an inmportant food source. In addition to the Mysis, Midges--and a few BWO's-- have been hatching most afternoons on the Blue River in Silverthorne. The dry fly fishing has been good to very good on appropriately sized Parachute Adams, CDC Baetis Duns and Gulper Specials when the trout are keying on the BWO's. Brook Sprouts, RS-2's, Dailey's Tailwater Assassins, and Wilcox's Micro Midges have been our go to top-water flies and emergers when the trout are sipping midges on the surface or in the surface film. Small, dark or cream thread Midges--as well as light tippets and no indicators!--have also been very productive offerings.Fishing early and late in the day will get you some "alone time" on the river. The early morning Mysis action on the Blue in Silverthorne has been well worth the effort. Cloudy days don't hurt the dry fly possibilities either!
The fishing north of Town has slowed some with the colder weather but, on the warmer days, you can still do quite well on this stretch.
Below Green Mtn the flow is 273 cfs. Please resist the temptation to fish the Browns actively spawning on beds. The beds will look like clean, "shiny" spots on the river bottom where the spawning fish have cleared away, with great effort, almost all bottom vegetation. It is also important not to walk on the trout beds as you might crush eggs. Keep in mind that there will be plenty of trout, including Rainbows, behind the beds waiting to eat your offerings. If you aren't hooking up with your subsurface flies, try adding more weight before changing out your flies.
Here's the local fishing in a nutshell:*
Blue River in Silverthorne: 3 Stars (out of 5 Stars)
Blue River North of Silverthorne: 2 Stars
Blue River below Green Mountain: 2-3 Stars
Colorado River near Parshall: 2-3 Stars
Colorado River near Pumphouse: 3 Stars
Williams Fork: 2 Stars
Colorado below Glenwood: 3 Stars
Roaring Fork: 3 Stars
Arkansas River near Leadville: 1-2 Stars
Arkansas River near Salida: 2-3 Stars
South Platte below Spinney: 3 Stars
Middle Fork of the South Platte: 1 Stars Ice Forming
Muddy Creek: 1 Star
Eagle River: 2 Stars Ice Forming
*For more detailed information on flies to try, and real time flows, click on a river from the list below.
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Water We Guide On
The Blue is running right around 130 CFS below Dillon Reservoir. The fishing in Silverthorne is always challenging but the persistent angler usually gets rewarded. The mornings and late afternoons/evenings have been less crowded but nice fish are being caught throughout the day. Dry dropper rigs using size 14-16 Stimulators (as strike indicators) have been effective. As a general rule, flies without beads, especially metal beads, are more effective than bead head flies. Any dry fly activity usually occurs after the noon hour and can come and go until dark. We have been having success using Mysis Shrimp, Miracle Midges, Black Beauties, Gray RS 2's, Bling Midges, CDC Baetis Duns and small Parachute Adams.
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.
Fly patterns of all imaginings will produce fish on the Blue so don't be afraid to think outside the box. Though you can often use 5X tippet for your larger offerings you should keep your tippet on the small side (6X, and 7X) for your smaller (i.e. Midge and BWO) offerings. Fluorocarbon is strongly recommended. Some fish are pushing over 20 inches so pay attention to your drag setting and tie strong knots! Though not on fire, the Blue continues to be a very good option.
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Nymphs to try:
Pink Rubber Worms: #14-#20 Mysis Patterns: #14-#16,Miracle Nymphs: #20-#22, Dailey's Tailwater Assassin: #22-#24, Barr's Emerger: #18-#22, UV Midges: #20-#26, Black and Pale Olive Pure Midges: #18-#22, JuJu Midges in Zebra or Olive: #20-#24, RS-2's in Gray or Black : #22-#26, Pheasant Tails: #20-#22, WD-40's in Black, Gray or Olive : #20-#24, Bling Midges in Tan or Brown: #22, #24, Black Beauties and Mercury Black Beauties: #20-#22.
Dries to Try:
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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Fishing has been a bit slow lately on the Blue River between Silverthorne and Green Mountain Reservoir. We are seeing midge activity and sporadic BWO hatches from Palmer Gulch to the Boardwalk access. The Browns appear to be on the spawn for real so please watch out for beds and resist fishing to ant Brown trout actively doing the wild thing. Look for feeding fish near, especially below, the beds.
We really aren't seeing too many Kokanee Salmon this year. Sorry....We miss fishing them too!!
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Patterns for this stretch:
Egg Patterns, Psycho Baetis, Bubbleback BWO's, Thread Midges, Prince Mymphs, large Stonefly Nymphs 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.
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Midges are present present most days on the upper Colorado. Expect to experience the best fishing fishing from late morning through mid-afternoon afternoon. The warmer days have been best. If you aren't having any luck, keep moving. Remember, the fishing above the Williams Fork confluence (think the Paul Gilbert and Lone Buck Units) can be substantially different from the fishing below the confluence; you can thimk of it as fishing a different river. The water temperature of the Colorado below its confluence with the Williams Fork is usually significantly cooler than the water temperature above the confluence. This difference in water temperatures will often trigger different insect hatches. Different insect hatches translate into different fishing conditions. 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.
At the Paul Gilbert access yesterday the trout wanted the Pat's in Black, sizes #6 and #12. One fish ate an orangish egg and another ate a size 20 Olive Midge larvae. The other 10 fish ate the Pat's Rubberleg. Most fish were caught in the slower, deeper pools but a few fish were hanging out on the deeper banks below reds. I didn't see any browns actively working beds while I was there. The Brown spawn is either finished or very close to being finished. The mix of trout was about 50/50, Rainbows and Browns.
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Nymphs for the Colorado near Parshall: Black, Brown, Olive Pat's Rubberlegs (Size 6-12), Tidbit Midge (Size 20-24), Olive or Black Zebra Midges (#20),Split-Case BWO's (Size 18-20), JuJu Midges (Size 18-22), Standard and Black Pheasant Tails (Size 18-22), CDC Pheasant Tails and Hare's Ears (Size 14-20), Buckskins (Size 14-18), Dailey Assassins (#18-#22) and MidgeBombs (Size 20-22).
Dry Flies to Try: Parachute Adams (Size 20-24), Brooks Sprouts (Size 22-24), RS-2's and WD40's in the surface film (Size 20-26), Hatching Midges (Size 20-24), and Adult Midges (Size 20-24).
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The Colorado near Pumphouse is finally experiencing a slowdown. From a clarity perspective, the Colorado has 3-4 feet of visibility almost everywhere. The water temoeratures have been peaking out just above 40 degrees at Pumphouse but you can find warmer water further downstream. The BWO hatch is winding down, if not over. There are still a few BWO's around, and fish will still eat BWO nymphs, but midges will gain in importance with every passing day. Egg patterns and a size 8, Black Pat's Rubberleg are also enticing strikes.
There are still a few fish holding in the middle of the river, and in the faster pockets near shore, but with the colder water we are seeing fish move back into the pools and slower water (i.e. "Winter Water). The browns near Pumphouse appear to have finished, or almost finished, spawning. There are still a few fish on beds downstream from Pumphouse (think below Burns).
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Best nymphs have been #10-#6 Olive or BlacPat's Rubberlegs, Egg Patterns, #18-#20 Split-Cased BWO's , #18-#20 CDC Pheasant Tails, #18-#20 Psycho Beatis, #20 Black Zebra Midges (in the morning), #16-#20 Bead Head Pheasant Tails and Hare's Ears, #18-#22 Black RS-2's #20 Gray Sparkle Wing RS-2's, and Black WD-40's. Extended-body BWO's, and Parachute Adams are taking fish off the surface, especially after the noon hour. Streamers of all shapes and sizes are still productive at times but most days you will catch many more fish by nymphing.
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Fishing has dropped off to a trickle on the Upper Arkansas. Perhaps due to the colder weather and the Brown trout spawn. While some fish are taking dries, most of the action--and there hasn't been much--has been subsurface.
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Nymphs to try: Olive or Black Zebra Midges (#18-#22), Black or Standard Pheasant Tails (#18-#22)), CDC Hare's Ears (#14-#18), Egg Patterns, and Pat's Tan or Black Rubberleg in #8-#12.
Dries to try: Parachute Adams (#22-#18), Gulper Specials (#18-#20), Stuck-in-the-Shuck Midges (#18-#22), and Stacker Midges (18-#22).
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The Lower Arkansas is currently in great shape and fishing well (or better) for both the wade and float angler. Float fishing below Salida has been especially productive. A good selection of Midges, Blue Winged Olives and Streamers will get the job done. Small Streamers can produce an amazing amount of action/success this time of year.
The action is most consistent dowstream from Salida. Mid-morning though the late afternoon will provide the most consistent action. Some dry fly activity can be found from about noon until late afternoon.
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Nymphs to try: Light or Dark Stonefly Nymphs (#8-#16), Red or Black Ro-Jo Midges (#18-#20), Black or Olive Zebra Midges (#18-#20), BWO Nymphs including CDC Pheasant Tails (#16-#18), Psycho Baetis (#18-#20) and Split-Case BWO (#18-#20), Tungsten Sallies (#16-#18), Black and Standard Pheasant Tails (#18-#22), Standard or Red Copper Johns (#16-#20), and Black or Red Two-Bit Hookers (#18).
Dries to try: Gulper Specials, Matthew's Sparkle BWO, CDC Baetis Duns, Parachute and Standard Adams.
Streamers to huck: Mike Tyson's (#6-#8), Slump Busters (#6-#8), Leech Patterns in Black, Olive and Purple (#12-#10), Standard Wooly Buggers (#6-#14).
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The Lower Roaring Fork is clearing after a spike in the Crystal.
Flows on the Roaring Fork are currently adequate for the float angler. We recommend using a raft unless you really know the in's and out's of floating the Fork at lower flows.
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The Colorado below Glenwood appears to have cleared again. Anglers fishing this stretch yesterday reported about 3 feet of visibility.
Fish have been eating Pat's Rubber Legs, in Black or Olive (#6-#10), Tung Teasers (#10-#16), Egg Patterns, Golden Stone Nymphs (#12-#16), JuJu BWO's (#18-#22), Tungsten Beaded 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: Parachute Adams, Wilcox's Midge, Gulper Specials, and extended Body BWO's.
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The current 54 cfs is a decent , but not ideal, flow for fishing the Dream Stream. There are a few of the bigger, lake fish lurking around, as well as a Kokanee or two. I just spoke to a friend of the shop who said the fishing was quite good for trout and Kokanee, even though he really didn't see many of the big fish he was hoping to see. Take that for what it's worth!
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Flies to try: Dark thread bodied midges are always a good bet. #16-#22 Natural or Black Pheasant Tails, Split-Back BWO's, Bubbleback BWO's, Egg Patterns, San Juan Worms, Moorish's Ananto Mayfly, Black WD-40's and RS-2's. Fishing pressure has decreased with the recent drop in flow. We love fishing the Dream and fall is an excellent time to give it a try.
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Conditions have been tough due to inconsistent flows. At the moment, flows below Wolford are a mere 25 CFS. Have a look at the reservoir releases before heading to the Muddy. It might make or break your day.
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)
No recent report from Antero.
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The present 40 CFS flowing down the Williams Fork is quite a low level for fishing. Although the Williams Fork is fishable at this level, we would recommend leaving the spawning fish alone until flows get back above 70 cfs or so. It's just too easy--and damaging to future generations--to pick on the browns with so little water in the river. Thanks!!
Flies to use when the flows increase:
Use standard nymphs like Pheasant Tails, Hare's Ears and Midges. Black Beauties, Prince Nymphs, JuJu Baetis, RS-2's, WD-40's, and Olive Zebra Midges 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.
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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” and “Bull Basin” State Wildlife Areas.
Fishing is poor on these waters. Ice is forming and the big fish have skeedaddled.
Stimulators, Hoppers, Bead Heads and Streamers will get the job done.......next summer!!
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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 on their days off. The recent drop in flows makes floating the Blue below Green Mountain very difficult to impossible (without trespassing in a serious way). The wade fishing should improve at this lowewr flow, if only due to the wade angler being able to access more of the river.
A variety of flies are working: Barr's BWO Emergers, 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, Standard Pheasant Tails in all sizes, Parachute Adams (sizes 14-22), Gulper Specials, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators, and BWO Sparkle Duns.
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 currently fishing very well--when it isn't blown out due to heavy rain. Flows are ideal for the wade angler and the fish have been very willing to eat our flies........most days.
Eagle fish will eat a variety of flies. Including: Stonefly Nymphs, all variations and sizes of Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Bubble Back BWO's, Psych Baetis, Pink Rubberleg Worms, and Parachute Adams.
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Gore Creek is running low and clear most days. Try to catch it after a rain shower, when it has some color. If the fish aren't willing to take your fly in the slower, deeper pools move on to the more riffled water.
Gore Creek has good numbers of fish. Some of which are surprisingly large. Although we rarely fish it ourselves, we include it on our report to encourage you to go give it a try. It is a fun place to fish. And though it all looks private, most of the Gore is open to the public.
This is a very under-loved fishery. Not many of those around anymore! The Ten Mile inlet into Lake Dillon also holds fish. Hit the deeper pockets and seams. Wading and crossing Ten Mile shouldn't be a problem for the careful angler at these flows.
We don't guide this water but I've always found very willing fish in the Idaho Springs area. The fish are on the small side but very enjoyable nonetheless. Fall is a great time to fish Clear Creek. Give it a try. It just might become you favorite "quick fishing trip" spot.
Put this on your list of places to fish very soon. Those fish are gonna be hungry!