COLORADO FISHING REPORT
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Water We Guide On: 5/01/16
Over the past few days flows have bumped up from 105 cfs to 185 cfs.The river currently has just a hint of color. The trout seem ok with the additional water. One of our guides (Chris Goodwin), who has the day off, fished for a couple of hours yesterday and caught several fish on white streamers. He also landed several trout on mysis shrimp patterns under an indicator.
Winter has not left the building just yet. Another winter storm dumped a good amount of snow in the high country last night. We expect the snow to affect the angler more than the fish that live in the Blue below Lake Dillon. Be careful driving as the I-70 webcams are showing snow packed roads from just above Idaho Springs to Silverthorne (and beyond).
Our guides have been using a selection of nymphs but on more than one occasion a Mysis Shrimp pattern was all their clients needed to catch fish. That said, some days Mysis patterns seem to be of little interest to the trout that live below Dillon Reservoir.
Other flies that our guides have been using include: #20-#22 red Imposters, #20-#22 Rainbow Warriors, #20-#24 Black Beauties, #20-#22 gray Sparkle Wing RS-2's, #22-#26 Top Secret Midges (or Smith's Midges), # 20-#24 chartreuse or orange Desert Storms and #20-#24 black or orange/red Pure Midges. Pink Squirmy Wormies and pink rubberleg worms have been producing as well.
We haven't seen many fish feeding on the surface. Almost all of the action has been subsurface. The overcast hold the greatest possibility to find fish feeding on the surface. But don't expect to find "lights-out" dry fly fishing on the Blue River in Silverthorne.
Dries to try: size 18-26 Parachute Adams, size 20-22 Griffith's Gnats, size 20-22 Morgan's Midges and size 20-22 Sparkle Duns.
We advise using the smallest, least conspicuous indicator you can see, especially if you are fishing to the trout that are hanging on the bank. White or black yarn indicators, small sized white or "glow-in-the-dark" Thingamabobbers are always good choices when fishing the Blue River in Silverthorne. Fishing without an indicator, although tricky, can be deadly as well.
If you don't use streamers on the Blue River, you should consider doing so. This is especially true during the fall into the early winter. Streamer fishing is, at times, a very effective strategy and is an underused technique by most anglers fishing the Blue River in Silverthorne. Don't be afraid of using the big, articulated patterns available these days. Trailing a black or olive Houdini behind a black or white Dungeon is often a winning strategy.
Streamers to try: Sex Dungeons, Barely Legals, Home Invaders, Houdini, Thin Mints, Super Buggers and all sizes and colors of the standard "Woolly Bugger."
Today's Tip: The Blue River between Silverthorne and Green Mountain Reservoir has been delisted from Colorado's Gold Medal list. The Blue within the city limits of Silverthorne is still listed as Gold Medal water. There are still great fish to be caught on the Blue north of Silverthorne. If you check in with us regularly, you have seen hundreds of photos of fish that were caught in this stretch over the years. And we try to post current pics regularly. It's true, you won't find the numbers of fish that you will see in Silverthorne. But you will find fewer anglers and less selective fish!
Here's a Blue River access map for Silverthorne (courtesy of the Town of Silverthorne):
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FYI: The Blue River between Silverthorne and Green Mountain Reservoir has been delisted from the Gold Medal list. The Blue within the city limits of Silverthorne is still listed as Gold Medal water. There are still great fish to be caught on the Blue north of Silverthorne. If you check in with us regularly, you have seen hundreds of photos of fish that were caught in this stretch over the years. And we try to post current pics regularly. It's true, you won't find the numbers of fish that you will see in Silverthorne. But you will find fewer anglers and less selective fish!
The current 185 cfs on the Blue River is an above average flow for this time of year. The Blue below Silverthorne is fishable all the way from Silverthorne to Green Mountain Reservoir.
Egg patterns, Pat's Rubberlegs, small Golden Stones, Caddis larvae and Midge larvae are good nymph choices. Streamers are always worth a try as some days they are very effective. The rainbow spawn is almost over for this year.
The inlet area to Green Mountain Reservoir is beginning to fish well. This area can be a muddy mess on a warm day.
The determined wade angler will find trout spread out in the best feeding lies. Don't expect to find fish stacked up like you will see in Silverthorne. The farther one gets away for Lake Dillon, the more the Blue River fishes like a freestone river. Moreover, you'll need to work a bit harder to successfully fish the Blue north of town; the fish population is lighter in the northern reaches of the river than it is in Silverthorne. The concentration of fish improves, however, in the mile or so above where the Blue River enters Green Mountain Reservoir (i.e. the inlet area).
Trout that live north of Silverthorne will often take a variety of fly patterns (please see below) and are, generally, less selective than the trout residing just below the Lake Dillon Dam. Again, when fishing this stretch, covering more ground often equates to more hook-ups. 5x fluorocarbon tippet is recommended.
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Patterns for this stretch:
Nymphs: Egg Patterns, #16-#18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies, Prince Nymphs: #10-16, Standard Pheasant Tails and Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails/Hare's Ears: #10-16, JuJu Baetis (standard and purple), #16-#18 2-Bit Hookers, #18-#20 Split-Case BWO Nymphs, #18-#20 Buckskins and #18-#20 gray RS-2's.
Dries: $16-#22 Parachute Adams, #18-#20 Gulper Specials, #14-#16 Chubby Chernobyls and #14-#16 yellow or orange Stimulators, #14-#18 Elk Hair Caddis in tan or brown, #14-#16 Royal Wulffs.
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The fishing has been very good lately on the Colorado River near Parshall. It rates 4 stars some days. On the warmer days we are seeing some significant degradation in water clarity. Most days the water has been very fishable but we have seen a few days with very poor visibility, especially above the Colorado's confluence with the William's Fork (e.g. Lone Buck and Paul Gilbert SWA's). There have been decent numbers of Blue Wing Olives (BWO's) and good numbers of the larger spring midges that hatch each spring.
The water is warming up and we are seeing fish spread out in the river and move from their winter lies. When the water has good clarity, expect to find fish in the deeper, slower water in the morning and then for them to move into medium faster water as the day progresses, especially if you see a good hatch. On days when you have limited visibility, the fish will often locate right on the bank (if it has some depth) or in what we like to call the "first drop." the first drop is where the river bottom fist drops off from the bank and it is difficult or impossible to make out the bottom of the river (or to actually spot any fish).
While we are beginning to see fish respond to Salmon Fly Nymphs, the best flies have been #18-#22 BWO nymphs and #18-#22 black or olive Midge larvae/emerger patterns. Barr's BWO Emergers, Split Case BWO nymphs, Olive or gray RS-2's, Pure Midges, Black Beauties, and olive WD-40's are producing good action most days. Definitely try colors other than olive and black. Gray and red are both effective colors on any given day. While both Midge and BWO patterns should be in your fly box, the fish are beginning to key more on the BWO's. Also, keep in mind that there are decent numbers of Stonefly nymphs, and a few Caddis larvae, in the daily drift of bugs. Other flies that are taking fish include: red or standard JuJu Baetis, #12-#22 natural Pheasant Tails, #6-#10 Pat's Ruberlegs in olive, black or coffee, and #16-#18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies.
Rising fish will often eat a #18-#22 Parachute Adams or a Griffith's Gnat presented on a drag free drift. But you may need to get more specific in your imitations. If the BWO hatch is on, try using Gulper Specials, Compara Dun BWO's, No Hackle BWO's, CDC Baetis Duns or Extended Body BWO's. If you see back the backs of the fish, and not the mouth coming to the surface, use emerger patterns (e.g. RS-2, Barr's Emerger, Wonder Nymph) behind a highly visible dry fly like a red posted, BWO parachute pattern or an Elk Hair Caddis. Don't be surprised to see a trout eat a size 16 Caddis that you are using as part of a two-fly surface/emerger rig
If no surface feeding is evident, look to find good numbers of fish holding in the slower, deeper pools and pockets, especially in the morning. Using the fastest moving water you observe as your 100% baseline, you will find most of the fish holding in current less than 60% of that baseline. Exceptions to this "rule of thumb" include a heavy hatch which will bring trout into the faster water to feed. Also, the rainbows that live in the Colorado River will tend to hold and feed in slightly faster water than brown trout (in general and also in the spring). But don't expect to find them in the heavier current until they begin their spawn, which is right around the corner.
There is open water from the Williams Fork confluence down but above the Williams Fork the water is only about 50% open. We would expect that stretch of the river to completely open up very soon. The Colorado River near Parshall currently has very good visibility. Water temps are moving between the upper 30's in the morning to the low to mid 40's.
Weight is key to catching fish anywhere, but especially here. Try changing (primarily adding) weight before changing flies. If your flies aren't occasionally ticking the bottom, and you aren't hooking up, add some weight (or heavier flies) until you occasionally get hung up. The opposite, of course, can also be true--it is just less common! If you are constantly cleaning your flies, or hanging up, take off a bit of weight. Our guides have been using 4x-5x fluorocarbon tippet depending on the amount of water clarity on any given day.
Don't forget to try a streamer. Larger patterns often work best as they move a ton of water and create a larger vibration in the water. Trailing a smaller streamer behind the larger streamer can crush fish some days. Common set-ups include: Sex Dungeon (any color) trailing a Wounded Sculpin, Sparkle Minnow trailing a Houdini or a Home Invader (black, white or tan) trailing a Slump Buster (rust, black or olive).
Here are some thoughts to keep in mind when fishing the upper Colorado River near Parshall: 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 fishing below Pumphouse on the Colorado has been pretty darn good. This stretch of the Colorado has about a foot to two feet of visibility depending on the day and your location on the river. The river gets slightly more stained as you get below State Bridge with the Piney and other feeder creeks putting in some less than ideally tinted H2O. The streamer bite has been outstanding lately. The nymph fishing has been fair to good.
The best nymphs have been: #6-#10 black, olive or coffee Pat's Rubberlegs, #16 Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails, #18-#20 Barr's BWO Emergers, #18-#20 Juju Baetis (black and purple), #20 gray Sparkle wing RS-2's and #14-#20 standard Pheasant Tails. Other patterns that are working include: CDC Hare's Ears, Olive Caddis Larvae, Sizzlin' Squirrels, San Juan Worms and Squirmy Wormies in assorted colors and sizes, #20-#22 black Zebra Midges, and #20 Black Beauties. As always, call us (970-262-2878) for the most current report.
The best streamers have been: white or olive Dungeons, Barely Legals, Sparkle Minnows, Olive Gongas and tan Home Invaders. The fish seem to want big, light colored streamers at the moment. But that could change in an instant so come to the party with a good selection of pattens in different sizes and colors.
We haven't seen much top-water action yet but come prepared for it: #18-#26 Parachute Adams, #18-#22 Matthew's BWO Sparkle Duns and #18-#20 Gulper Specials and #18-#20 Extended Body BWO's.
The weather is getting warmer, the water is warming up and so is the fishing. While water temperatures will certainly fluctuate over the coming weeks it looks like we have turned the corner with regards seeing a warmer river to fish. The high water temperature hit 52 degrees before this latest round of cooler weather moved in. The water temps are currently peaking out in the low to mid 40's at Pumphouse, which is still warm enough to get the fish moving. This warmer water increases the trout's metabolism. So, as long as the water clarity holds up, we expect the fishing over the next few weeks to continue to be good to very good.
The food sources for the trout are now numerous. We are still seeing some midges in the mornings and crazy numbers of Blue Wing Olives (BWO's) in the late morning to early afternoon. The Caddis flies are much left active with this cooler weather but a seine of the river revealed good numbers of size 12-14, olive, free-swimming Caddis larvae to be present. There are plentiful numbers of Salmon Fly nymphs in the system as well. Many of these nymphs have moved within 1-2 feet of the river's edge.
The trout are moving (have moved on the warmer days) from their "Winter Lies" and are beginning to locate in some of the riffles and shelf drops. That said, we aren't seeing many fish hanging in the river's fastest current yet. So focus on water that has good structure and is flowing at 30%-60% of the maximum river velocity observed in the river. The river is rising due to reservoir releases and low-level snowmelt. As the river rises, trout typically get forced into protective lies along the river's edge, behind large rocks, in front of large rocks, and into eddies and pools. We often refer to these lies as "soft-water" lies. The speed of the river isn't high enough yet to force the trout into "soft-water" lies exclusively, but expect that to be the case as we move slowly (we hope) into the high water conditions of run-off.
At its current flow of 775 cfs, the Colorado River near Pumphouse is at a good level for wade fishing. However, we do not advise trying to wade across the river at these levels. Crossing the river on foot at anything above 700 cfs is very dicey and quite dangerous. There are plenty of good wade fishing spots on the Trough Road side of the river. So be safe out there!
Finding the "pattern" to the trout's feeding lies on any given day can make the difference between catching a couple of fish or hooking up many fish. Pay attention to where you are catching fish and look to find similar water elsewhere on the river. If your "pattern" begins to let you down look to change up what you are doing in hopes of finding another "pattern" to the trout's feeding. Here's what most guides do: Change flies, change where in the river they are fishing them and play around with how deep they are fishing them.
Streamers should be among your tactics to consider. This is the time of year that we see some of the biggest fish of the year eat a streamer. The streamer action can be day-to-day, and even hour-to-hour. While all sizes and colors of streamers will work, we are partial to the large dark colored, 2 hook, articulated varieties. Be sure to try all depths of the water column and not just focus on the bank. Sometimes fish will be lying up to 10 feet off the bank. Some days, your style of 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. Try: Sex Dungeons (in black, olive, white and rust), Barely Legals, Slump Busters, Houdini's, Super Buggers and standard Woolly Buggers (in all sizes and colors).
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If you are looking to fish the Arkansas, we recommend going down near Salida. That said, the fishing is improving on the upper Arkansas, especially in the Buena Vista area. Some days have been worthy of 3 to 4 stars. Look to fish the upper Arkansas on the warmer days. Come to the river armed with Midge larvae/pupa patterns, BWO nymphs/dry patterns and streamers.
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Nymphs to try: Egg Patterns, Standard or Black Pheasant Tails (#18-#22), Juju Midges or Black Pure Midges (#20-#24), Pat's Rubberlegs in olive or black (#8-#12), CDC Tungsten Pheasant Tails and Hare's Ears (#16-#18)
Dries to try:: Parachute Adams (#18-#22) and Griffiths Gnats (#18-#22).
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Recent precipitation has reduced the visibility in the Ark. It is still fishable though, especially above Salida. Expect the river to clear over the coming week. Take advantage of the next few weeks on the Arkansas before run-off hits for real. Spring fishing on the Arkansas River near Salida is some of the best fishing of the year and should be on your list of destinations until run-off blows it up. It has been a 4 star experience on occasion. The current 330 cfs is a very comfortable level for both the wade and float angler. Nymphing is very good and the dry fly action has varied from fair to spectacular.
The Blue Wing Olives (BWO's) are popping, especially on the overcast days. The caddis were very active on the lower stretches of Bighorn Sheep Canyon before the cooler weather moved in. As weather conditions improve, expect the Caddis activity to resume in the Canon City area and for the Caddis to begin moving upstream. Midges continue to be of importance, especially in the mornings.
Dry Flies: #16-#20 Parachute Adams, #18-#20 Gulper Specials, #16-#20 BWO Sparkle duns (and Comparaduns), #16-#20 Extended Body BWO's and #18-#20 CDC Baetis Duns.
Nymphs: #14-#18 CDC Pheasant Tails/Hare's Ears, #16-#18 Black Two-Bit Hookers, #16-#18 Black Pheasant Tails, #16-#20 Juju Baetis, #12-#18 Copper Johns in red, chartreuse and copper, Olive or chartreuse Caddis Larvae/Emerger patterns, #12-#18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies, and # 16-#12 Epoxy Biot Golden Stones.
Streamers have been effective some days. Arkansas River trout seem to like smaller streamers like Slump Busters and Bead Head leech patterns. We have good results using size 6-12 streamers in black, purple or olive. But there are days when the fish can't resist a larger offering like #2-#4 black Sex Dungeon or a #8 tan or black Home Invader.
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There's about 18 inches of visibility on the river's edge. We expect the clarity to improve over the next few days but to be challenged should daytime air temperatures exceed 65 degrees for any length of time. The fishing has been fair to very good. If you average it out, the fishing rates 3 stars but you can run into either a 2 or 4 star day on the Roaring Fork for sure.
The Colorado below Glenwood Springs has about a foot of visibility. Look for the Colorado to clear over the next few days as the cooler temps have abated the snowmelt. If it rains hard in the next few days....fahgitabowdit.
The current 781 cfs on the Roaring Fork is a great level for a float. Either a raft or dory will get the job done, but we still like a raft a touch better a these flows. Please keep in mind that much of the float between Carbondale and the Roaring Fork's confluence with the Colorado river is through private property. It is trespassing in Colorado to simply touch the river bottom or river bank with the bottom or side of your raft/dory. It is considered trespassing even if touch private property with an oar.
In the morning, look to find fish holding in the deeper, soft water. We usually start the day out using a #1 tin shot or a #8 Pat's Rubberleg and put the indicator about 4-6 feet from the first fly. You may need to decrease or increase your depth some but 5 feet is a good starting point. Your challenge will be to track the depth at which the fish are feeding as the day progresses. We also recommend rigging up a dry fly rod with a couple of BWO dries. The BWO hatch has been a very strong but seems to be slowing lately.
Look to fish a 2-3 foot rig (or even shallower) if you see the Blue Wing Olives begin to hatch. A size 20 gray Sparkle Wing RS-2 has been our hottest fly during the afternoon BWO hatch. But don't hesitate to experiment. Also, keep your eye out for rising fish in the foam lines. Some days you will find them feeding off the surface like it's their job.
Nymphs to try: #20 Sparkle Wing RS-2, Egg Patterns (yellow is often the ticket), black, olive or gray Midge Larvae (#18-#22), TDJ's Golden Stone (#14-#16), Psycho Baetis (#18-#20), Split Cased BWO's (#18-#22), Juju Baetis (#18-#20), Barr's BWO Emerger (#18-#20), CDC Hare's Ears/ Pheasant Tails (#14-#18) and Pat's Rubberlegs in black, olive/brown or tan (#6-#12).
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The river is flowing at 63 cfs. The rainbow/cutthroat spawn is underway. Look to find browns in two places: the deeper, slower water and in shallower, faster water behind the spawning rainbows and cutthroat.
Here's the lowdown on the bug activity right now on the Dream. Midges are active most days with nymphing Midge Larvae patterns being the way into a fish's mouth. Light olive scuds and orange scuds are in the system, as are Blue Wing Olive nymphs. There aren't many eggs in the river yet but fish will sometimes key on them at this time of year, especially when there aren't any insects to be had. Pegged eggs are often more effective than the "fuzzy egg on a hook." variety. There have been some opportunities to fish small midge dries, and the occasional Blue Wing Olive dry pattern, on the surface.
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Water levels in Muddy Creek are near the 29 cfs mark. Visibility is good. The deer flies and the mosquitos are an unpleasant memory
At this flow, Muddy Creek is not our #1 choice. The flow of 29 cfs is a bit low; there isn't much current to float your flies. All that said, stripping Wooly Buggers can produce some large fish this time of year. Egg patterns, red Copper Johns and Rojo Midges have been effective lately.
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.
Spinney Mountain Reservoir is now open and ready for business. Some folks have reported having 3 and 4 star days but since we don't have a ton of reports we'll keep the rating at 2 stars for now. But Spinney Reservoir is definitely worth fishing!
The lake is about 10 feet low. Water temperature is right around 42 degrees. The usual, early season flies have been working: egg patterns, Chironomids, red and chartreuse Copper Johns, Pheasant Tails and Streamers.
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The flow on the Williams Fork has been on the rise lately. Over the past 4-5 days it has moved up from 130 cfs to 215 cfs. Keep an eye on the flow and give it a day or two to stabilize. Fishing had been good until this bump in flows, especially from 11 am until about 4 pm. We expect the good fishing to resume when, and if, they stop bumping the flows every day or two.
We had a guide (i.e. Matt Campanella) on the river just before the flows increased. He did very well with a a #14 Golden Wired Stonefly pattern. Other flies that worked were #14 Bead head Prince nymphs, #10 and #12 CDC bead head Pheasant Tails, pink San Juan Worms and #20 Sparkle Wing RS-2's." He didn't throw any streamers but those should be in your box as well.
Other flies to try: Standard Pheasant Tails, Black Pheasant Tails, Olive Midges, San Juan Worms, size 18-22 Zebra Midges in olive or black, Pheasant Tails, Juju Midges in Black, Purple and Red, Miracle Nymphs, olive or gray RS-2's, olive or gray WD-40's, Juju Baetis, Split-Cased BWO's, K's Latex Caddis in olive or chartreuse, Buckskins.
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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 you a buzz.
The Middle Fork of the South Platte was fishing well before we ran into this cold snap. Once the weather improves the fishing should snap back. Try to hit this soon as run-off will come before you know it!
Hopper dropper, indicator nymphing, streamers and dry flies have all been effective. Standard nymphs and standard dries will get the job done. But we suggest having a few #14-#18 Tungsten Yellow Sally nymphs on your box.
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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.
Please remember that wade fishing is only allowed in the public stretches of the Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir. This primarily consists of the approximately 1.5 miles or river bank located just below the reservoir. The public water ends at the private land/no trespassing postings. Float fishing is allowed below the reservoir but wade fishing on private property is trespassing, as is anchoring a boat on private land. For those new to Colorado's stream laws, the landowner does not own the water passing through private land but the landowner does own the stream bottom. Colorado's stream laws are not the same as the stream laws in Montana.
We don't guide this water but most of the shop guys love to fish it when they get a chance. The current flow of 204 cfs is ideal for wade fishing. We don't think float anglers will not be able to legally navigate the river at this flow.
Please keep in mind that 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: Egg patterns, #10- #12 Pat's Rubber Legs, size 14-18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies, size 18-22 Olive and Black Zebra Midges, size 18-20 Split Cased BWO's, Standard Pheasant Tails, size 18-22 Gray WD-40's, Black, size 18-22 Olive or gray RS-2's, size 12-16 Charlie's "TDJ" Pheasant Tails and Golden Stones, size 12-18 CDC Hare's Ears and CDC Pheasant Tails.
Dries to Try: #18-#26 Parachute Adams, #18-#22 Matthew's Sparkle Emergers, #20-#24 Brooks' Sprouts and #20-#22 "Stuck in the Shucks."
Streamers are a good option right now on the Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir. We love using large, articulated streamers but don't forget to try the more traditional, smaller streamers. You might be surprised how well the "oldies" produce!
Ice fishing conditions exist.
The Eagle is fishing very well. It probably merits 4 stars.
The rainbows are on the feed and we are seeing some nice ones. Gray Sparkle Wing RS-2's have been deadly almost river-wide in the late morning into the early afternoon. Egg patterns, larval/emerger and adult midge imitations, size 6 coffee Pat's Rubberlegs, #10-#16 bead head Prince nymphs and Blue Wing Olive nymph patterns have also been taking fish.
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Gore Creek is running low and clear on the days below freezing and a bit off-color when the thermometer gets into the 40's. There are more than a few places that are still iced over however.
Most of the ice has left the river. We haven't checked it out lately. If you go, give us a call (970-262-2878) and let us know how it is.
Mostly open water from Georgetown to Golden. The Clear Creek fish aren't terribly picky. Try using red Copper Johns, Pheasant Tails and Brassies.
Tough. Water is low and there's lots of ice.
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 until dark.
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