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Spring Fly Fishing: The Warm Water Report

May 2, 2014
Author: Rick Mikesell

With temperatures in the 70's & 80's over the past few weeks, Colorado’s Warm Water fisheries are coming alive. As water temps warm, Bass, Pike & Carp, are moving into the shallows to feed on the newfound abundance of spring, creating unique sight fishing opportunities for the fly fisher. As spring further asserts herself, these fisheries will only continue to improve, and conveniently provided some excellent alternatives to the increasingly turbid, runoff trout waters. This Late April we have had some excellent fishing across the front range, from the south eastern extreme of the state, to the very immediate metro area, a we only expect it to get better......

Carp Action in the Denver Metro Ponds is getting better daily

Not the greatest scenery, but they certainly put a bend in the rod

Finned Up & The Urban Skyline

Carp were gorging on Chironomids at John Martin Reservoir in South Eastern Colorado

This Freshwater Drum (Pretty Rare in Colorado) ate a  Backstabber Leech, and gave the Helios 2 a workout

Bass are moving into the shallows, and starting to get aggressive. The Winston BIII-SX is the perfect tool for putting big flies in front of these fish with pinpoint accuracy.

Pike are also in skinny on the Front Rage, and can provide some of the most exciting eats in freshwater.

The Fishpond Westwater Sling is great for keeping you gear dry when you encounter unpredictable spring weather.

If you have any questions about exploring different warm water opportunities along the Front Range of Colorado or beyond, don’t hesitate to call the shop at 303.733.1434 or stop in. We have a lot of creative ideas for you and can help with flies and rigging as well.


#1. Posted by Mike on May 2, 2014

I’m looking for a spot to fish for bass in colorado near denver. What are some good locations where I can catch some fish?

#2. Posted by Gary Brower on May 4, 2014

So. . . .

Where were the photos taken?  This isn’t a report, but a tantalization.


#3. Posted by Will Rice on May 9, 2014

Thanks for the comments guys.  Give us a call here at the shop or stop in and we’ll get you pointed in the right direction.  Knowing what you are looking to accomplish and your experience level will help us make the right recommendation for you.  You can contact Trouts Fly Fishing at 303.733.1434.  - Will

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