COLORADO FISHING REPORTS
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, "Water We Guide On." Looking for general Colorado fly fishing and lake information? Visit our General River Information Page.
Fishing Report at a Glance* (10/26/14)
Blue River in Silverthorne: ★★★ (Out of 5 Stars)
Blue River North of Silverthorne: ★★
Blue River below Green Mountain: ★★ − ★★★
Colorado River near Parshall: ★★ − ★★★
Colorado River near Pumphouse: ★★
Williams Fork: ★★ − ★★★
Colorado below Glenwood: ★★
Roaring Fork: ★★
Arkansas River near Leadville: ★
Arkansas River near Salida: ★★
South Platte below Spinney: ★★
Spinney Mountain Reservoir: Closed for the Season
Middle Fork of the South Platte: ★
Muddy Creek: ★★
Eagle River: ★★ − ★★★
*For more detailed information, including flies to try and real time flows, click on a river from the list below.
Wintertime on the Blue River
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Water We Guide On
The Blue in Town looks great and is fishing well. The current 104 cfs coming out of Dillon Reservoir is a great level for fishing the Blue. We are seeing mostly Midges with the occasional Blue Wing Olive (BWO). Egg Patterns, Mysis Shrimp and assorted Midge larvae patterns (try black or red) have been the ticket for fooling fish sub-surface.
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, Midge Clusters, extended body BWO's, and classics like the Adams (both the Standard and Parachute versions). The water temp has been in the low 40's in town.
Update: The Blue River, "gate rehab project." Here's what the folks at Denver Water relayed to Jim about the siphon situation:
"The gate rehab project is moving along nicely. We may remove the temporary siphon structure and return to normal operations - making releases with the gates - as early as mid-December. In that case, we would expect to wrap up the entire project before January comes to a close."
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.
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Nymph Patterns to try:
Mysis Patterns: #16-#22, Red Rojo Midges: #20-#22, Black Beauties and Mercury Black Beauties: #20-#24, Pearl or Red Disco Midges: #20-#24, 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, Standard Pheasant Tails: #18-24.
Dries to try:
Parachute Adams: #18-#24, Griffith's Gnat: #18-#22, Gulper Specials: #18-#20.
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The water clarity on the Blue River below Silverthorne is very good. Midges have been the dominant insect hatch. Give the Green Mountain Reservoir inlet area (and above) a try. The "Boardwalk"area and above have provided consistent action most of the year.
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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: Smaller Royal Wullfs and Parachute Adams.
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Midges are the primary food sources for the trout on the Colorado near Parshall. Eggs from spawning brown trout, 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, Gray or Olive RS-2's, Black Pure Midges, Caddis larvae, Black Beauty Emergers, 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.
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The Colorado River has very good visibility top to bottom. With the colder water temps, due to the abrupt arrival of winter, look for fish to move to their "winter water." You know, the slower, deeper water. Also, keep in mind that the Whitefish are finishing their spawn; egg patterns can be very important some days. Looking below the pods of Whitefish might prove productive as eager trout may be waiting to chow your imitation egg or midge.
The fish seem particularly keyed on Midges, small Stoneflies, Egg Patterns. Even though we aren't seeing many BWO's, even on the cloudy days that BWO's love so much, the trout will take BWO imitations. The nymphing has been fair to good lately. Patterns to consider using include: Black or Olive Zebra Midges (size 18-24), Black Beauty emergers (size 20-24), Black or Gray Sparkle Wing RS-2's (size 20-24), Black or Coffee colored Pat's Rubberlegs (size 12-6), Orange, Yellow or Cream Egg patterns, Split-Cased BWO (size 18-22).
Top-water action has been fair at best with your best chance of success coming on the cloudy days. Flies to try include: Parachute Adams, Mathew's Sparkle BWO, Gulper Specials and Griffith's Gnats.
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.
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The action on the Arkansas River below Leadville has been fair lately. Midges 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.
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Nymphs to try: Standard Pheasant Tails (#16-#22), CDC Tungsten Pheasant Tails (#16-#18), Prince Nymphs (#16-#18), Rojo Midges in Red, Olive or Black (#18-#22), Black Zebra Midges (#18-#22) and Pat's Tan or Black Rubberleg in #8-#12.
Dries to try: Parachute Adams (#18-#22), Brooks' Sprout Midge (#18-#22), Stuck in the Shucks (#18-#22).
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The Arkansas near Salida area is running clear. As for fishing strategy, with the colder water due to the abrupt arrival of winter, look for fish to move to their "winter water." You know, the slower, deeper water. Unless there is significant structure (and depth) on the bank, expect to find the majority of fish to be holding off the riverbank. 5X tippets, and even 6X, may now be necessary.
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Nymphs to try: Light or Dark Stonefly Nymphs (#12-#18), Black or Standard Pheasant Tails (#16-#22), CDC Tungsten Pheasant Tails (#16-#18), Prince Nymphs (#16-#18), Rojo Midges in Red, Olive or Black (#18-#22), and Black Zebra Midges (#18-#22).
Dries to try: Parachute Adams (#18-#22), Brooks' Sprout Midge (#18-#22), Stuck in the Shucks (#18-#22), Matthew's Sparkle BWO, Extended Body BWO's.
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 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.
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 (#16-#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: Parachute Adams, Midge Clusters and Brooks' Sprouts.
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This is a fantastic time to fish the Dream Stream; angling pressure has decreased and the fish are a bit less wary. Our recent string of overcast days have helped out as well.
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.
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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)
The Williams Fork is currently running at 102 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.
The South Park drainages have good to very good visibility. Standard attractor nymphs and egg patterns will put fish onto the end of your line. The dry fly action has been iffy lately. Mostly smaller fish are being caught but there are still 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.
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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 271 cfs is a welcome flow for wade anglers. Float fishing is now very challenging (at best!) for full framed rafts. Midges and bwo's 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 tiny 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: #10- #12 Pat's Rubber Legs, Egg Patterns, Olive and Black Zebra Midges, Standard Pheasant Tails, Gray WD-40's, Black, Olive or gray RS-2's, Charlie's "TDJ" Pheasant Tails, CDC Hare's Ears and CDC Pheasant Tails in all sizes.
Dries to Try: #18-#26 Parachute Adams, #18-#22 Mathhew's Sparkle Emergers, #20-#24 Brooks' Sprouts and #20-#22 "Stuck in the Shucks."
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. Nymph fishing is producing good results. The browns are well into their more aggressive, fall behavior. Streamer fishing is always worth a try in the late fall.
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Gore Creek is running clear and is fishing fair in the deeper runs and pools.
The action at the Ten Mile Inlet (i.e. the area where the Ten Mile enters Lake Dillon) is fair. The Ten Mile itself is also slowing down. That said, pink, brown, red or orange worms (rubber or Chenille), egg patterns, small rubber leg stoneflies and standard nymphs will get the job done under the water. We haven't seen much action on the surface.
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 (until it the ice comes). It just might become you favorite place to get that "quick fix."
The current flow is a bit low for fly fishing. Even so, the trout are esay to locate as they are now forced to live in the few remaining deeper runs and pools. Anglers are having success on the Snake using egg patterns, San Juan worms and attractor bead head nymphs.
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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