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Weekend Fly Fishing Report

September 17, 2013
Author: Will Rice

It is great to see that much of Colorado is finally beginning to dry out.  From a fly fishing perspective, it is probably still a good idea to do some additional research by keeping your eye on local river flows and forecasts.  Or call the shop before you head out the door.

We moved our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School down to the main stem of the South Platte River.  Based on water clarity, you will have a much better chance sticking to a dam-controlled tailwater vs. a freestone river over the next few days.  We’ve run a number of trips to the South Platte over the past several days – although the water is a bit off color, it is still fishing well.

It is always great to see big smiles at our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School

Many dam-controlled rivers across the states are dropping their water levels so we decided to take a trip to the YR Ranch to shoot some video content and to check out the flows.

We spent a night camped out high above the river – even with that precaution we found our camp site starting to flood before the sun went down. 

The rain continued until the early evening and we were pretty happy to find clearing skies in the morning.

The water was a bit off color the following day but the river still fished really well.  We brought single and two handed rods and had a lot of fun exploring a property that had not seen much traffic over the past several months.  Our hopes for staying dry were dashed around noon when a number of fast moving cells moved into the area and dropped sheets of rain in quick succession. 

Most of the fish we hooked seemed interested in red and pink San Juan Worms, baetis emergers, and smaller stoneflies – pretty standard fair when brown trout get on the move in the fall months. 

If you are looking for a unique property to fish this fall, the YR Ranch is one to think about.  If you have any questions about fall fly fishing in Colorado, give the shop a call at 303.733.1434.

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