COLORADO FISHING REPORT
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Water We Guide On: 5/24/17
Even though the weather has been uneven lately, the fishing on the Blue River in town has remained fairly steady. It's not on fire but fish are being caught at a decent rate. The water clarity is very good but expect mild to moderate staining to occur below Straight Creek on the warmer days. Straight Creek enters the Blue River about a half-mile downstream of Dillon Reservoir (near the Columbia Outlet Store).
The nymph fishing has been fair to good using 6X Fluorocarbon tippet under a small, neutral colored indicator. If the water clarity goes south, 5X tippet (or larger if the visibility drops to 2 feet or less) will do the job.
Flies that are working include: size 20-22 black or red Pure Midges, size 20-22 natural Pheasant Tails, size 20-22 red Tailwater Tiny's, size 20-22 cream or black Bling Midges, and size 20-26 Juju Zebra Midges, size 20-26 UV Midges, and size 22-26 Black Beauty Emergers. If the water quality deteriorates, try using larger Midges, Stone and Mayfly nymphs. Eggs and worms can also hook some big trout as the hogs often get careless when the water visibilty decreases.
Should you encounter rising fish, size 20-24 Parachute Adams, size 20-24 CDC Biot BWO's and size 20-24 Morgan Midges will get the job done.
Mysis Shrimp patterns have also been effective, especially in the morning and the evening. But flies imitating tiny midges and small mayflies have generally been more productive.
We haven't seen many fish feeding on the surface. Most of the action has been subsurface. As a general rule-of-thumb, the late afternoons and the overcast days hold the greatest possibility of finding fish willing to eat on the surface. But don't expect to find "lights-out" dry fly fishing on the Blue River in Silverthorne on a consistent basis.
We suggest using the smallest, neutral colored indicator that you can still see. Brightly colored indicators often alert the trout of your presence and they will either spook or just refuse to eat your fly. 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."
Question: What's going on with the Gold Medal status of the Blue River?
Answer: 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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The Blue River below Dillon Reservoir has recently increased from 100 cfs to 200 cfs. This is still a very friendly level for the wade angler. We are seeing intermittent midge and BWO hatches from Silverthorne down to Green Mountain Reservoir. There were even a few caddis spotted in town yesterday (go figure).
On the days when the overnight temps refuse to dip below freezing, expect to see impaired water clarity on the lower Blue River. We aren't saying the river will be unfishable (yet) or even that it will fishing poorly. Just bear in mind you might find water that isn't your typical Blue River "clear." That would be the time to try bead head flies and your larger imitations of Midges, Mayflies, Caddis and Stoneflies. Eggs (particularly pegged beads) and worms can also be very effective when the river's water clarity decreases.
Patterns for this stretch:
Nymphs: #18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies, # 18-#22 Standard Pheasant Tails, #16-#18 Bit Hookers, #12-#24 Black Beauties, #20-#22 Miracle Midges, #20-#24 olive or black WD-40's, #20-#24 gray or olive RS-2's, and various egg or worm patterns.
Dries: #18-#22 Parachute Adams and #20-#22 black or gray Brook's Sprout Midges.
The action on the Blue River north of Silverthorne is currently fair, with some anglers having success and others not so much. This often has more to do with the fish than it does the angler. The trout in the Blue can be finicky and reluctant to eat even your best-presented offerings.
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 smaller 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 and are, generally, less selective than the trout residing just below the Lake Dillon Dam. When fishing this stretch, covering more ground often equates to more hook-ups. 5x fluorocarbon tippet is recommended.
Keep in mind that the Blue north of Silverthorne can fish much better on the surface than under it, especially once the bugs awaken from their winter slumber. There's no explaining this phenomenon but after years of guiding this water it has proven to be the case more often than not. Dropping a bead head nymph from a medium to large dry fly is often the best technique when you find traditional nymphing to be unproductive. The inlet area to Green Mountain Reservoir is fishing fair. This is usually a go to location at this time of year. The fact that the inlet isn't "on" right now is most likely due to the fact that Green Mountain Reservoir hasn't been stocked this year in an attempt to rid the Kokanee Salmon in the reservoir of gill lice. There are no plans to stock Green Mountain Reservoir this year at all. Current plans also call for no stocking of Green Mountain Reservoir next year.
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!
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Like many of our streams, the Colorado River near Parshall has cleared up dramatically. Visibility is currently at 2-3 feet. Fishing is good to very good. And while we expect the fishing to be good even through run-off--most days anyway--don't expect the visibility to remain this good for long. Brandon Omahen's clients fished near Parshall the last 2 days and did very well. Most fish came on nymph rigs. There were plenty of Blue Winged Olives hatching and a few midges.
While the river stays clear, you will need to use 5X-6X tippet and smaller, more realistic flies that imitate Midges, Blue Winged Olives and Caddis. The exceptions to that, of course, are the larger Stone Fly nymphs where you can use 3X-4X tippets. As anyone who reads our reports knows, the Pat's Rubberleg fly (in black, Coffee, tan or olive/brown) is one of our favorites. But don't over look other patterns such as the TDJ Golden Stone, the 20 Incher, the Wired Stone in dark brown and Golden Stone, the Iron Sally, and the Tungsten Yellow Sally.
Don't be afraid to change flies often if you aren't hooking up and be sure to move up or down the river if you aren't having any success. Sometimes, just traveling a 1/2 mile can make a huge difference in finding trout with better attitudes.
Nymphs to try: #6-#10 Pat's Rubber Legs in Black, Olive and Coffee, #8 Double Bead Stone on Olive and Hare's Ear, #16-#20 CDC Tungsten Pheasant Tails (and natural Pheasant Tails), #18-#20 Darth Baetis, #18-#20 Tungsten Psycho Baetis, #18-#22 Split Case BWO's, #18-#22 Juju Baetis, #14-#16 Chronic Caddis, #14-#16 olive Nick's Fat Caddis, #18-#22 midge larvae patterns in Black, gray or olive, #18-#20 Soft Hackle RS-2's in gray or olive, and #14-#18 Hot Spot Sizzlin Squirrels.
Dry flies are again an option now that the fish can see them. The usual suspects (in sizes to match the naturals) will be your go to's: Parachute Adams, Extended Body BWO's, Matthews Sparkle Comparaduns, and Gulper Specials. Bring a few assorted Caddis dries and small Stimulators as the Caddis hatch is likely to resume when the water warms up a bit more. Expect the warming water to coincide with a decrease in water quality however (and unfortunately).
Streamers are still effective but less so now that the fish are able to easily spot the smaller insects. We've been throwing Snot Rockets, Slump Busters in all colors, White and Black Dungeons, Thin-Mints, Pop's Buggers, Cream Double or Baby Gongas, and Home Invaders in Black or White.
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 3x-6x fluorocarbon tippet depending on the degree of water clarity on any given day (i.e., heavier tippets when the water is stained and lighter tippets when the water looks like gin to a shade similar to weak tea).
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 2017 Salmon Fly hatch on the Colorado River near Pumphouse is underway. The hatch intensified last evening. Our guides saw a significant number of Salmon Flies crawling from the river, hatching and flying. It looks likes it's game on. Fishing was very good on Salmon Fly dries last evening.
The river currently has about 2 feet of visibility. The cloudy, cool weather has put runoff on hold. Get out there soon if you can and enjoy this window of very fishable water. We are hoping that this year's run-off season resembles last year's run-off where we only saw a handful of truly unfishable days on the Colorado River. Time will tell.
Best nymphs have been: #6-#10 black or Coffee Pat's Rubberlegs, #8-#16 TDJ Golden Stones, #12-#16 Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails, #14-#16 Iron Sallies, #14-#16 Morrish Hotwire Caddis in amber or olive, # 14-#16 Charlie's Chronic Caddis, and pink or red San Juan Worms (the chenille, sparkle and Squirmy versions).
For streamers, try: Slump Busters in all colors, Bread n' Butters, Sculpzillas, Circus Peanuts, standard Woolly Buggers, Sex Dungeons, Home Invaders and Double Gongas.
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.
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The fishing is improving on the upper Arkansas. it could easily rate 4 stars on a warm day. The action is more consistent on the lower river from Heckla Junction downstream. But the upper river is beginning to fish better every day. Before this last winter storm, we had reports of Caddis in and above Buena Vista.
Nymphs to try: Standard or Black Pheasant Tails (#18-#22), Midge Patterns in red, gray or olive (#18-#22), CDC Tungsten Pheasant Tails (#14-#20) and Sparkle Wing RS-2's in Olive or gray (#18-#22), and Golden Stone nymphs in #14-18.
Dries to try: Parachute Adams (#16-#20), Sparkle Baetis (#16-#20), Elk Hair Caddis (#12-#18--mostly 14's and 16's), Foam Body Caddis (#14-#16), and olive Mini-Foamulators ((#14).
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The action on the Arkansas River near Salida has been very good over the past several weeks. And it is still a good fish. But we are seeing the flow in the Ark increase, causing some degradation in the water quality and relocation of the feeding lies for the trout. In other words, run-off is beginning. That said, the fishing is holding up. The river is just a bit more swollen than most anglers prefer. Go fish the Ark soon if you have been putting it off as it won't be long until our Arkansas River fishing will be limited to the tiny, soft pockets of brownish-gray water near the bank.
The insects of interest to the fish right now are larger Stone Flies, Caddis and Blue Winged Olive mayflies. And that is exactly how we'd recommend setting up your 3-fly nymph rig. If you are buying flies at our shop, here's an example of the flies to use: #12 Tungsten Yellow Sally or #8 black Pat's Rubber Leg, to a #14 Chronic Caddis or #14 Hotwire Caddis, to a #16 or #18 CDC Pheasant Tail or Bruised Baetis.
If you are lucky enough to find rising fish, determine if they are eating Blue Wings or Caddis. Splashy rises usually indicate the fish are targeting Caddis emergers and/or adults. Black foam body Caddis, black or olive Elk Hair Caddis, Peacock Caddis, and Headlight Caddis in sizes 14-18 will fool most trout looking to eat Caddis adults. Try trailing (or swinging) a Barr's Graphic Caddis or Hotwire Caddis to imitate the emergers.
Parachute Adams, Extended Body BWO's, Matthew's Sparkle BWO's and Gulper Specials in sizes 16-20 will cover you when the fish are feeding on BWO adults. Remember to skate your fly if the fish don't react to your dead drift. Bring fresh bottles of floatant and Shimazaki Dry Shake. We have also been getting a few of the bigger rainbows and browns to eat attractor flies like #10 Chubby Chernobyls. (See above).
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The Roaring Fork is currently not your best option. That said, it will produce some fish if you focus on fishing the softer water near the banks.
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Midges are the insects of most importance. Egg patterns and streamers have been catching good numbers of trout as well. Some big trout are still in the system but many of the big fish have returned to Elevenmile Reservoir.
Night fishing has produced the biggest trout lately. Fishing has been fair to very good depending on the day........and the wind.
Last thought: Streamers and eggs seem to be most effective early and late in the day.
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Muddy creek is flowing at 70 cfs and is fishing pretty well. We've seen some big fish lately. The dry fly action can be surprisingly good some days. But be sure to bring streamers and nymphs as well.
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 Reservoir has been open since 4/1/17. Remember to get your 2017 fishing license. Unfortunately, we haven't made it down to Spinney for a first hand report. But folks have been telling us that the fishing is fair most days.......and that the wind has been hideous most days so far.......
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The flow has been steady at 100 CFS for a while now. Best flies have been Pheasant Tails, gray or olive RS-2's, #20 Miracle Midges, and midges in black or olive. Keep your hook sizes between 18 and 22. Fishing isn't off the hook but it is worth the mile (ish) walk into the river from the parking lot. The streamer action has been fair, as has the action on egg patterns.
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 above Spinney Mountain Reservoir is ice free and ready for action. Attractor nymphs are the name of the game but make sure you also have some Iron Sallies or Tungsten Yellow Sallies in #16-20.
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Other Local Water
Because we do not guide on the rivers listed below, we cannot give the same detailed information that you find for the Water We Guide On. However, we do our best to give you a general idea of what to expect on these waters.
There is no commercial guiding (wade or float) allowed on this stretch of the Blue but most of the shop guys love to fish it when they get a chance. The current flow of 250 cfs is a very good level for wade fishing but not high enough for float fishing. The latest guidance from the Bureau of Reclamation is that "flows in the Blue River will fluctuate between 200 and 250 cfs for the foreseeable future."
The nymph fishing in the public stretch just below Green Mountain Dam has been good to very good now that the water has dropped to a level suitable for wade fishing. The best nymphs have been: #18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies, #16-#18 Hare's Ears, #20 Juju Emergers, #14-#16 TDJ Golden Stones, #20-#22 black Pure Midges, and #18-#24 natural Pheasant Tails.
Best Dries have been: #22-24 Winger Emerger Baetis, #20-#26 Parachute Adams, #22 Matthew's Sparkle Dun, #22 Extended Body BWO's.
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!
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 so of 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 of you that are 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 (Montana law allows an angler to stand on private property up to the "High-Water" mark).
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.
No report from Delany at this time.
We are seeing more 3 star days than 2 star days right now so we moved the rating up a star.Most of the browns are in the river's slow, deep pools and buckets. You will still find some nice rainbows hanging out near the bottom of runs that have some depth.
Eagle River trout will eat attractor flies like Pat's Rubberlegs, Prince Nymphs and CDC Pheasant Tails. They will also eat more realistic offerings like Pure Midges, Juju BWO's and Midges, and standard pheasant Tails.
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With this warm spell, Gore Creek now has several fishable sections.
Ten Mile is beginning to have fishable, unfrozen zones of water to fish.
Clear Creek beginning to thaw. You will find fishable sections from Georgetown to Golden. In the canyon sections, look to fish the sunnier sections as the river will have less ice and a slightly warmer water temperature. Standard attractors under an indicator will get the job done. One of our springtime favorite flies is a #14-#18 red Copper John.
The Snake is, surprisingly, ice-free. A few fish are being caught in the deeper water. This type of water is often called "winter water" for trout. Trout live comfortably in this slower water. In addition to providing protection from strong river currents, winter water also provides protection from predators.
Fishing is fair to good. The fishing pressure has been more than normal for this time of year due to the poor snow conditions. But now that it's finally snowing expect to find less anglers and fish willing to eat Mysis Shrimp and small midge larvae patterns.
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