If you are still sitting at your home office or cubical wondering where to go fish this weekend, don't worry we have you covered. Today we are taking out the guesswork when it comes to where to go fishing. But, we won't just be going over where to fish but more importantly, how to fish and what to throw. If you are wanting to take even more guesswork off your plate for this weekend shop our staff fly selections tailored fit for any river you will find yourself in! This week our top three river reports are brought to you by the most knowledgable sales associate I know, Jack Wickman. A Colorado native, and a borderline expert when it comes to finding those 20-inch fish. If you have been in the shop you know he knows a thing or two. So, without further ado let's dive into the top three places to fish this weekend.
Colorado at Kremmling is at 769 cfs.
Look for good early morning conditions. The lower air temperatures overnight have greatly impacted fishing conditions for the better. Once that early morning sun hits, be ready for fishing to pick up! The main success will come from nymphing this section. Though trying late-season hoppers are never a bad idea. Fish early in the morning and later into the evening for the most success.
Fly Patterns include: Leeches (Meyers Mini #14 - Olive and Brown), Caddis imitations (Dirty Birds #16, Graphic Caddis), Smaller stoneflies (UV Sallies and Tungstones #14), K.G.B Yellow & Blue in sizes 14-18 will all have great success.
Flows have bumped this week which means less opportunity for wade fishing: 347 CFS
Dry fly fishing has slowed down a bit, but don't leave it out of the equation- midges and pseudos are still present in the morning and evening hours. Nymph fishing has also been productive lately. Streamer fishing has been best for targeting bigger fish. Covering as much water as possible is ideal for fishing streamers in the canyon.
Flows at Salida are 252 CFS as of today. Fishing small nymph rigs will be key to success. Streamers can work VERY WELL also. For your nymph rigs look to use: Small Pats Rubber Legs, Hot belly PT's, Copper Johns, Flashback Tungstone, Dirty Birds, & Prince Nymphs will all work great for heavy attractor patterns. Throwing a small midge/baetis pattern in sizes #18-22 behind the attractor is the key we spoke of earlier. Favorite Midge/Baetis patterns include: JuJu Baetis, wd-40, Rs2 sparkle wings, Tube midge in black!