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A collection of rivers and lakes that we consider to be our "HOME WATER".  We use the term Home Water for when we get a day to go fishing, these are the places we fish.  We dedicate ourselves to update these reports on a weekly basis, at a minimum!  As river conditions change, so will these reports.

Denver Rivers/Still Water

Current Fishing Conditions:

September Fly Fishing Report - Denver South Platte River

SEPTEMBER 14th UPDATE: The Denver South Platte River spiked to ~4000+ CFS on September 12th and is currently at 350 CFS.  Sight fishing conditions should improve over the ~72 hours when/if water levels recede below ~150 CFS. 

Controlled flows have been sporadic below Chatfield reservoir with water levels bouncing between 10-110 CFS.  This, in conjunction with natural monsoon rain events continue to make the Denver South Platte River a bit chaotic.  Larger storms in the afternoon have increased flows right around 200 cfs – up from earlier this summer.  Some of the larger storms we saw in early August seem to be dissipating and with this the water should begin to clear nicely creating prime time sight fishing conditions for the month of September.

Continue to look for fish moving into sections of shallow water to forage for a massive array of crawfish and worms that seem to get well dispersed after the high flow event.  Remember to look for structure in the river and areas where the river changes (shallow to deeper, large rocks/boulders, bridge abutments and “other urban structure”). 

If we do continue to see monsoon rains throughout the rest of September, the river usually settles down and becomes much clearer within 3-4 days (the river most likely will clear up higher in the system more quickly because of the tributary flows from Bear Creek, Clear Creek, etc downstream).  As always, it pays to check out the real time stream flows before you head out the door.

For more detailed strategic and tactical information about fly fishing in this section of the South Platte River you can check out our three part series. Or call the shop at 303.733.1434 if you have questions or need advice.

Suggested patterns:  Crazy Dad 8, McTage's McLuvin (we have these in the shop but they are going to sell out fast!) Brasso's Brandy Candy 8, Crazy Dad 8, Long Strip Crayfish, Barry's Carp fly, Hogan's Carp Bait, Morlock's Carp Breakfast, Agent Orange, Onyx Agent, Swimming Carp Nymph

River Description

The Denver South Platte is our go to water after work. The DSP (Denver South Platte) is the best carp fishery in the west (In our humble opinion) with the size of the carp being anywhere from 5 pounds to 40 pounds.We see carp fishing as practice for the flats for Bones, Reds, Permit etc and it will truly make you a better trout fisherman and will teach you the essentials to sight fishing. Some days will be so frustrating you wonder why you are standing in the middle of Denver, and other days you even wonder why you drive to the mountains when you can be sticking 10+ pound fish 15 minutes from your front door.

Not only will you find massive carp, the river is breeding grounds for rainbows and browns ,smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, catfish, perch, and walleye.  There is an ongoing effort by Denver Trout Unlimited  to help clean up and restore the Denver South Platte and make our river the best warmwater fishery in the west! One of their efforts is the Denver Carp Slam, a day long fishing tournament where the best anglers in the Country come to compete to see who can rack up the most inches of carp.

If you are thinking about trying your hand at Carp on the fly, come down to the shop and talk to one of us and we will get you pointed in the right direction.

If you really want to cut the learning curve you can take a guided trip with Trout's Guide Service.

 

Front Range Waters

Current Fishing Conditions:

June Fishing Report

After a nice runoff flow during May, Bear Creek should be in great shape for the month of June.  Be sure to think "dry fly" when fishing this river, as the skinnier water and shorter casts bode well for the dry fly enthusiest.  General attractor patterns, small terrestrials, and tiny beadhead droppers will all be productive patterns.  "Matching the Hatch" isn't a priority, so feel free to get creative with your fly selections.  Be sure to watch the weather, as afternoon thunderstorms will have the adverse affect of bumping flows to unfishable levels.   

6/20/13 Update: Bear Creek has been fishing remarkably well, particularly considering the tough conditions we witnessed this time last year.  Check out our latest Trip Report from Bear Creek to a more indepth look at current conditions..

Insects and Natural Food Sources

Small black stoneflies, caddis and terrestrials will still make up a majority of the fish’s diet.

Recommended Flies

Bead Head attractor nymphs such as the Prince Nymph, Flashback Pheasant Tail, Copper John sz. 16-20, Attractor Dry Flies such as the Stimulator or Amy’s Ant sz 14-16,  Small streamers sz 4-10, Baetis Emerger Patterns size 18, Caddis larva and pupae patterns size 16, Parachute Adams sz. 16-22, Parachute BWO sz. 16-22, Hatch Matcher BWO sz. 16-20, Tailwater Humpy sz.16-20, Brooks Sprout Midge sz. 18-22, Trico Emerger sz. 18-20, Worms sz. 16-20, Pheasant Tail sz. 18-22, Copper John sz. 18-20, RS2 sz. 18-22, WD-40 sz. 18-22, Black Beauty sz. 18-22, Mercury Baetis sz. 18-20

River Description

Bear Creek is a great spot close to Metro Denver, especially for those that only have a few hours to wet a line.  This is 3wt water or smaller, so leave the big sticks at home.  During the Fall and Winter months, productivity of the fishing will depend highly on the time of day and overall weather conditions.  Fishing will be best from 11am - 4pm, particularly on the warmer and sunny days.  Adverse weather will most likely create difficult conditions and potential high and off color water.  This is a good year round option as Bear Creek will rarely freeze for prolonged periods of time.

 

Current Fishing Conditions:

June Fishing Report

The Big Thompson offered some great relief during this year's brief runoff season, and has been fishing very consistantly ever since.  The biggest change has been the productivity of dry flies as of late, so be sure to have a good selection of general attractor patterns, terrestrials, caddis and PMD's.  The entire river will be fishable now, but be sure to keep your eye on the weather as any significant rainstorm will have the potential of blowing the river out.  We are approaching "summer fishing hours", so remember that the most productive times to fish will be early in the morning (sunrise to 11am) and later afternoon (3pm to sunset).

6/20/13 Update:  Fishing has remained very productive on the Big Thompson, with a lot of great reports coming from our customers.  Standard attractor patterns, terrestrial, PMD's and Caddis imitations have been producing great results. 

Insect and Natural Food Sources

Small Stones, Caddis, PMD's and Terrestrials will be the primary food source for June.

Recommended Flies

Barrs Emergers sz. 18-22, Copper Johns sz. 16-20, Wired Stone 14-18, 20-Incher 14-18, Beaded Little Mayfly (BLM) sz. 18-20, Eggs (trout beads) sz. 6mm - 8mm, Pheasant Tails sz. 16-22, Barrs Graphic Caddis 16-18, PrimeTime Pupa 14-16, Z-Wing Caddis 14-18, Parachute Adams 14-18, Purple Haze 14-18, Extended Body PMD 14-18, Stimulators 12-16, Royal Wulff 12-16, Hippy Stomper 14-16, Amy's Ant 12-16.

River Description

Originating in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Big Thompson offers anglers a wide variety of angling options.  From high country, to tailwater, to a traditional western freestone riverm the Big T is an amazing angling destination along the Front Range.  There are 3 different sections of this river, in Rocky Mountain National Park (high country), below Lake Estes (tailwater), and below the town of Drake (freestone).  Each of these sections is going to offer different angling opportunities and challenges, so be sure to check back to make sure the area you are looking to fish has optimal current conditions.  

Current Fishing Conditions:

June Fishing Report on Clear Creek

By the middle of last month, Clear Creek was experiencing its annual runoff cycle. At the start of the month it is unfishable. As we get later in the month and flows subside, many other river enthusiasts will be hitting the river, and anyone looking to be fishing Clear Creek this month should look to see fellow anglers, rafters, tubers, and swimmers from Golden through well above Idaho Springs. Just be patient and remember the river is for everyone. We never find the fish seem to mind, and once the water starts to come down look for them to be feeding eagerly off the surface on attractor dry flies, caddis, mayfly and even hopper imitations. Fish the edges and pockets quickly with a dry-dropper rig and don’t be afraid to indicator nymph the deeper runs and pools. A small dark streamer can also be extremely effective on Clear Creek, especially as the water starts to drop. 

BE CAREFUL and don’t rush getting to Clear Creek this month. Flows are very high and fast and even toward the end of the month when things start to come back into shape, don’t push your wading luck.

Insects and Natural Food Sources

Caddis and stoneflies will make up a good portion of the fish’s diet, with small Mayflies such as BWO’s and PMD’s rounding out the aquatic insects. Grasshoppers are also making an appearance and will only get stronger as we get into summer.

Recommended Flies

Foam and Deer Hair hopper patterns, Attractor Dry Flies such as the Stimulator, Humpy, Royal Wulff etc. Bead Head attractor nymphs such as the Prince Nymph, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear, Soft hackles, Caddis Pupae and Larva patterns, Small streamers.

River Information

Clear Creek is a tributary of the South Platte River, approximately 66 miles long, in north central Colorado. The creek flows through Clear Creek Canyon directly west of Denver, descending through a long gorge to emerge on the Colorado Eastern Plains where it joins the South Platte.

Clear Creek begins near the continental divide near Loveland Pass, northwest of Grays Peak in western Clear Creek County. It descends eastward through Clear Creek Canyon past the towns of Silver Plume, Georgetown, and Idaho Springs. Within the canyon it receives numerous smaller tributary creeks that descend from the rugged mountains on either side.

South Platte River

Current Fishing Conditions:

June Fishing Report

With flows hovering just around 170cfs, 11-Mile Canyon should be fishing great for the foreseable future.  There should be consistant hatches of BWO's, Midges, Caddis and small Stones which will  have the fish feeding.  Attractor patters like Stimulators, Royal Wulffs and Humpy's will also work well, particularly as the fish begin to see bugs consistantly on the surface.  Nymphing will continue to be a productive method of fishing, primarily during midday when bug activity slows.  Mornings and evenings will offer the best dry fly fishing as air temps will be the coolest during this time of day.  Riffles and faster moving water will be ideal spots to fish, especially when bugs are hatching.

6/20/13 Update:  flows remain good coming out of 11-Mile reservoir, and we don't expect to see things change much in the near future.  Fishing will remain productive just remember to focus your time on the water to early mornings and late evenings for the best results.  If you want to fish during the middle of the day, focus your efforsts on the upper river where water temps are a bit cooler.

Insects and Natural Food Sources

Little Black Micro Stoneflies, caddis and terrestrials will make up a majority of fish's diet.  

Recommended Flies

Parachute Hopper 12-16, PMX 12-16, Amy's Ant 12-16, Stimulators 12-16, Parachute Caddis 14-18, Hatch Matcher PMD 14-16, Parachute Adams sz. 16-22, Parachute BWO sz. 16-22, Hatch Matcher BWO sz. 16-20, Tailwater Humpy sz.16-20, Brooks Sprout Midge sz. 18-22, Trico Emerger sz. 18-20, Scuds sz. 16-18, Worms sz. 16-20, Pheasant Tail sz. 14-22, Copper John sz. 14-20, Wired Stone 14-18, 20-Incher 12-18, RS2 sz. 18-22, WD-40 sz. 18-22, Black Beauty sz. 18-22, Mercury Baetis sz. 18-20

River Information

11-Mile Canyon is a picturesque secion of the South Platte River located just outside of Lake George, CO.  As one of Colorado's State Parks, thre is an entrence fee to fish this section of river, so be sure to purchase your day pass when entering the canyon.  Accessible by dirt road, there is an abundance of fishable water in 11-Mile Canyon.  While the lower river will fish well, it is prone to ice during the winter months, and tends to hold smaller fish than the upper river.  As you get closer to the dam, water temps and insect life will increase, creating an ideal habitat to grow larger fish.  Because this section of the South Platte River is located below 11-Mile Reservoir, all flows are dictated by reservoir releases.  The upside of this is that this river is fishable 365 days a year.  

Current Fishing Conditions:

June Fly Fishing Report

At the start of the month, the South Platte below Cheesman is very high. The reservoir is nearly maxed out and they will likely keep flows up for at least the first week to ten days, if not longer. Fishing even at higher flows is doable, though spotty and varies a lot day to day. In higher flows, look for fish to be pushed to the edges and eddy lines. As we get later and later in the month, flows will most certainly be tapering, and look for fish to be getting comfortable in their traditional feeding lines.

Insects and Natural Food Sources

Caddis, Baetis, PMDs, midges, stoneflies and even grasshoppers are coming out at Deckers. You don’t need to only fish the small stuff anymore!

Recommended Flies

Caddis larva and pupae patterns sz. 12-18, Baetis patterns sz. 16-22, San Juan worms (especially when flows elevate), thread midges sz. 18-22, stonefly immitations sz. 6-14, attractor patterns such as the Prince nymph, Hare’s Ear or Pheasant Tail.

River Information

Cheesman Canyon is by far one of the most remarkable and unique trout fisheries in the Rocky Mountain West.  With nearly 4 miles of Gold Medal water that is only accessible by foot, Cheesman Canyon offers visitors an angling experience they will never forget.  But be warned, this fishery will test the skills of the most advanced angler, so don't expect fishing this river to be a walk in the park.  Because this section of the South Platte River is located below Cheesman Reservoir, flows are dictated by reservoir releases but allow this river to be fishable 365 days a year.  There are two access points for this fishery, one at the bottom of the canyon and one at the top of the canyon.  The bottom access is much easier and is the recommended route into Cheesman.  For those looking for a physical challenge, the upper access trail will certainly meet your needs.  Be sure to bring extra layers, food and water with you, as it is easy to find yourself far from the comforts of your vehicle.

Current Fishing Conditions:

June Fishing Report for South Platte at Deckers

At the start of the month, the South Platte around Deckers is very high. The reservoir is nearly maxed out and they will likely keep flows up for at least the first week to ten days, if not longer. Fishing even at higher flows is doable, though spotty and varies a lot day to day. In higher flows, look for fish to be pushed to the edges and eddy lines. As we get later and later in the month, flows will most certainly be tapering, and look for fish to be getting comfortable in their traditional feeding lines.  For our most recent Guide Service report CLICK HERE.

Insects and Natural Food Sources

Caddis, Baetis, PMDs, midges, stoneflies and even grasshoppers are coming out at Deckers. You don’t need to only fish the small stuff anymore!

Recommended Flies

Caddis larva and pupae patterns sz. 12-18, Baetis patterns sz. 16-22, San Juan worms (especially when flows elevate), thread midges sz. 18-22, stonefly immitations sz. 6-14, attractor patterns such as the Prince nymph, Hare’s Ear or Pheasant Tail.

River Information

The Deckers section of the South Platte River offers some great close-to-home fishing opportunities.  With miles of publicly accessible water, tons of fish per mile, and fishable water 365 days a year, there are many reasons to make Deckers your go-to fishing location.  The upper section from Deckers Bridge to the Wig Wam boundary upstream will produce the largest fish, and most fish per mile.  It will also tend to have the most anglers, so be prepared for a crowded river most months of the year.  Below the Deckers Bridge, fishing will continue to be consistant with nice sized fish but much less pressure.  Fishing will remain productive all the way downstream to the confluence of the North Fork of the South Platte just upstream of Strontia Springs Reservoir. 

Current Fishing Conditions:

June Fishing Report:

Summer is a great time to visit the Dream Stream section of the South Platte River.  Flows are generally over 100cfs, making for ideal fishing conditions for the resident trout holding in this river.  There is an abundance of insects hatching, so having an assortment of flies that can "match the hatch" is ideal.  Dry dropper rigs are our favored method of fishing right now, although the die-hard nymph angler will find good success as well.  Keep in mind that with warmer day time temperatures, fishing will generally be most productive in the early morning hours (sunrise to 11am) and later afternoon to evening (3pm to dark).  Fish will be spread out throughout the river, allowing ample room for anglers.

6/21/13 Update:  Fishing has been quite productive on the Dream Stream lately, and with other rivers across the state starting to come into form, crowds should continue to dwindle.  Flows have been around 170cfs, which is great for the dry fly fishing.  Terrestrials are starting to get the fishes attention, as are caddis and small stones.  Try fishing this area like anyother freestone river, you'll be amazed at the results.

Insects and Natural Food Sources

Baetis, midges, caddis, stones, terrestrials will all be on the fishes diet.

Recommended Flies

Amy's Ant 10-14, Grillos Pool Toy 10-14, Chubby Chernobyl 10-16, Parachute Hopper 10-14, PMX 10-16, Stimulators 10-16, Royal Wulff 10-16, Parachute Adams 12-18, Parachute Caddis 12-16, Snowshoe Caddis 12-16, Pheasant Tail 14-18, Copper John 14-18, Scuds, Morrishs Anato-May sz. 16-20, Bead Wing Midge sz. 20-24, Black Beauty sz. 18-22,  RS2 sz. 18-22, Tungsten Poison sz. 18-22, Barrs Emerger sz. 18-22, Rainbow Warrior sz. 18-22, Winter Baetis sz. 18-22, Adult Midge sz. 18-22, Griffiths Gnat sz. 20-22, Para Extended Body BWO sz. 16-24

River Information

The Dream Stream, also know as the Charlie Meyers Recreation Area, is the most well known section of the South Platte River, if not the most famous in the State of Colorado.  Positioned between Spinney and 11-Mile Reservoirs, The Dream Stream is a notorious stomping ground for anglers looking to catch trophy rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout.  Located in South Park, CO, this section of river is a meandering stream that flows through a high desert prarie.  This makes it a great destination for beginner anglers, as there isn't much growth around the river to get caught up on.  But be warned, as the "open" nature of this river also makes it vulnerable to the epic winds that can hammer South Park year round.  Also be warned that The Dream Stream is also a very popular anging destination for private anglers and outfitters, so don't expect to be the only angler there on any given day.

Current Fishing Conditions:

We fished Waterton Canyon in early June, 2013.  The water levels were low and static right around 70 CFS.  The water was clear.  We saw caddis and grasshoppers on the banks and in the water.  The fishing seemed more productive higher up in the Canyon.  The most efficient way to access Waterton Canyon is by bicycle – the alterative is hiking the ~6.5 miles.  Fly patterns that produced fish included a San Juan Worm, the Red Rojo Midge sz 20, and various foam grasshopper patterns.  For a full report about Waterton Canyon from early June 2013 CLICK HERE.

Since fishing opened back up at the beginning of March 2012, reports have been marginal, mostly due to low water.  There is a bit of concern as to how the work on Strontia Springs Reservoir has affected the quality of the fishing in Waterton.  We do expect fishing to gain momentum once we start to see more significant flows and we get in the summer 2013 season. 

If you have any reports about Waterton Canyon, call and let us know us know what is happening.  We’re very interested how this section of river progresses in in 2013 as it was once a very fun close-to-home-option here in Denver. If you have any questions about how to access Waterton Canyon call the shop at 303.733.1434.

Colorado Classics

Current Fishing Conditions:

June - Blue River Fishing Report

Wow! We haven’t seen flows this high on the Blue in years! At the start of the month release out of Dillon was over 1400 CFS. We do not suggest going up there at these levels and safety is a legitimate concern when there’s this much water being released. By the end of the month, flows should certainly come down and look for fish to move back into their traditional lies, but we would say keep an eye on the gauge before heading up.

Insects and Natural Food Sources

BWO’s, Caddis, Stoneflies, PMD’s, midges and Mysis shrimp below Dillon make up the primary food sources.

Recommended Flies

Baetis nymphs and emerger patterns sz. 16-22, midge patterns sz. 18-24, caddis pupae and larva patterns sz. 14-18, stonefly immitations sz. 10-16, Mysis shrimp in Silverthorne sz. 16-20.

River Description

The Blue River runs north from the dam at Dillon Reservoir near Silverthorne to the Confluence with the Colorado River near Kremmling.  Colorado Highway 9 follows the Blue for much of the 34 miles with many access points but most of the river is private.  The Gold Metal water section runs from the dam in Silverthorne to the Town of Kremmling.  The river acts like a typical tail water through Silverthorne and more like a free stone river below town.   As you drive from the Dillon Dam toward Green Mountain Reservoir, there are numerous turnouts and fishing access points along the road.  

Current Fishing Conditions:

September River Report

The Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir should be fishing well.  Flows have been reduced to 335 CFS as of September 13th.  Streamers should be working as well as should larger attractor nymphs.

Insects and Natural Food Sources

Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Eggs will continue to be the primary food sources through the month.  In addition, small stones will produce good results as the weather and water starts to warm up.

Recommended Flies

Jimmy Legs sz. 10-14, Tungsten 20-Incher sz. 10-16, Wired Stone sz. 10-16, Tung Teaser sz. 12-16, Copper Johns sz. 16-20, Blooms Baetis sz. 18-22, Mercury Pheasant Tail sz. 18-22, Tailwater Tiny sz. 18-22, Morrish Super Pupa sz. 14-16, Parachute Adams sz. 18-22, Hatchmatcher BWO sz. 18-22, Brooks Sprout Midge sz. 20-24, Special Emerger sz. 20-22, Griffiths Gnat sz. 20-22, Adult Midge sz. 18-22, Butt Monkey, Sex Dungeon, Ganga's, Circus Peanuts, Bottom's Up, Barely Legal

River Description

The Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir is a great fishery, offering a good amount of public wade access fishing.  Please be warned, wading in this area can be difficult, as there aren't well established trails, and there is a lot of lose rock on the river banks.  That said, this has become an increasingly popular angling destination to the fact that it is technially a tailwater, but is tends to fish much more like a traditional freestone river.  Additionally, fish in this section can grow quite large, so don't be surprised to catch fish in teh 20"+ range.  The access below Green Mountain Reservoir is the only public access point for this section of the Blue, so it does tend to get a bit crowded on certain days.  It is also a popular float fishing destination during the spring, summer and fall.

NOTE TO ALL BOATERS

This section of river is floatable at or above 450cfs.  Below this level you cannot legally float this section of river, and by doing so you are putting everybody's ability to access this river in jepordy.  Tensions between anglers and land owners are mounting, and we all need to respect their ownership rights and not float this river at flows below 450cfs.  Due to a decreased snowpack, we do not anticipate that this river will be floatable during the 2013 summer, but we will ceratainly keep everybody apprised if things change.  Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

Current Fishing Conditions:

May Fishing Conditions on the Upper Colorado River

At the start of the June, the Upper Colorado has yet to see its peak in runoff. Sit tight until later in the month once things come down. Getting closer to July, look for a smorgasbord of bugs to be present and fish to be holding tighter to the banks. Fishing large hopper or stonefly patterns off the banks will be a great way to kick off the post runoff season!

Insects and Natural Food Sources

Caddis, PMD’s, Baetis, Little Black Stoneflies, Salmonflies, Golden Stoneflies, Little Yellow Sallies (by the end of the month).

Recommended Flies

Stonefly immitations sz. 6-14, caddis dries, pupae and larva patterns sz. 12-16, attractor nymphs such as prince nymphs, copper johns, jumbo johns etc. BWO and PMD nymphs, dries and emergers sz. 14-20, streamers, san juan worms (especially with off-color water), Little Yellow Sallie nymphs and dries sz. 12-16, Streamers sz. 2-6, Pat's Rubber Legged 12-16, Tung Teaser 12-18, Guides Choice Hares Ear 12-16Copper John 12-18.

River Description

The Colorado River is an amazing place to experience all the beauty that Colorado has to offer.  From dramatic canyons to panoramic vistas, the Colorado has something for everyone.  The mighty Colorado River starts in Rocky Mountain National Park and is Colorado’s largest watershed.  There are over 100 miles of trout water and the river goes through some of the most scenic country in the United States.  The Upper Colorado River runs from Windy Gap Reservoir, west of Granby) to the confluence of the Blue River near Kremmling.  This section is Gold Metal water and closely follows Highway 40.  The headwaters of the Colorado River are also accessible above Granby through Rocky Mountain National Park.

Current Fishing Conditions:

June 2014 Fly Fishing Report

At the start of the June, the Upper Colorado has yet to see its peak in runoff. Sit tight until later in the month once things come down. Getting closer to July, look for a smorgasbord of bugs to be present and fish to be holding tighter to the banks. Fishing large hopper or stonefly patterns off the banks will be a great way to kick off the post runoff season!

Insects and Natural Food Sources

Caddis, PMD’s, Baetis, Little Black Stoneflies, Salmonflies, Golden Stoneflies, Little Yellow Sallies (by the end of the month).

Recommended Flies

Stonefly immitations sz. 6-14, caddis dries, pupae and larva patterns sz. 12-16, attractor nymphs such as prince nymphs, copper johns, jumbo johns etc. BWO and PMD nymphs, dries and emergers sz. 14-20, streamers, san juan worms (especially with off-color water), Little Yellow Sallie nymphs and dries sz. 12-16, Streamers sz. 2-6

Insects and Natural Food Sources

Caddis, PMD’s, Baetis, Salmonflies (short lived early this month), Golden Stoneflies, Little Yellow Sallies (by the end of the month).

Recommended Flies

Stonefly immitations sz. 6-14, caddis dries, pupae and larva patterns sz. 12-16, attractor nymphs such as prince nymphs, copper johns, jumbo johns etc. BWO and PMD nymphs, dries and emergers sz. 14-20, streamers, san juan worms (especially with off-color water), Little Yellow Sallie nymphs and dries sz. 12-16.      

Insects and Natural Food Sources

Baetis, stoneflies and midges will be the primary insects fish key in on this month. Eggs will also become present in the system this month as fish begin to spawn. 

Recommended Flies

Attractor Baetis nymphs and Emergers sz. 16-20, Smaller flashy stonefly patterns sz 10-16, flashy Midge Patterns sz. 18-22, eggs sz. 12-16, worm patterns sz. 12-14, streamers sz. 4-10.    

River Description

The Colorado River from Pumphouse downstream to Dotsero is a very underated fishery in Colorado.  Although it is a very popular destination for outfitters doing float trips, not many wade fishing anglers realize the abundance of public access combined with great fishing and pentiful fish.  This is a seasonal fishery though, so plan on fishing this area from mid-April through the first freeze of the winter.  

Current Fishing Conditions:

Flows on the Williams Fork are currently too low to recommend this as a viable fishing option.  Please check back for an updated report, we will certainly let you know when this river is fishable again.

Insects and Natural Food Sources

Baetis and midges will be the primary insects fish key in on this month. Eggs will also become present in the system this month as fish begin to spawn. 

Recommended Flies

Cannons Wormly Worm 12-16, Tungsten 20 Incher 10-14Mercury RS2 18-22Little Yellow Sloan 12-16,Jimmy LegsRojo Midge 20-22,Barrs BWO Emerger 18-24, Eggs, ScudsQuigley's Hackle Stacker 18-24Blooms Para Caddis 16-20, Extended Body BWO 20-22, Parachute Adams 20-22, Brooks Sprout Midge 20-24, Sex DungeonPeanut Envy, Articulated Butt MonkeyHansens Meal TicketSilvey's Sculpin Leech  

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