We're getting ahead of the hustle and bustle of stuffing your face with turkey, mashed potatoes, and cornbread. If you're looking for where to go this holiday weekend, we've got you covered. It is time to make some thanksgiving sandwiches, toss them in the cooler and head out for a fun weekend of fishing!
By the way, if you're looking for something to do on Black Friday - join us for our 5th Annual #TroutsOptOutside. Help us clean up the South Platte near Deckers and potentially win a G Loomis IMX Pro E fly rod while you're at it.
Today we are taking out the guesswork when it comes to where to go fishing. We won't just be going over where to fish but, more importantly, how to fish and what to throw. If you want to take even more guesswork off your plate this weekend, shop our Staff Picks fly selections are tailored to any river you will find here in Colorado! No matter if you find yourself fishing along the Front Range this weekend or up in Summit County, both our retail locations will help you dial in whatever river you fish. We also offer rental options for those new to the sport looking to explore the world of fly fishing! So, without further ado, let's dive into the top three places to fish this weekend.
Latest Update-- 11/18/21
Hopper-dropper and euro nymphing setups have been working great for us lately! Fish are very grabby right now as they prepare for the winter. Most fish have been taken on the dropper in sizes #12-16. The below-mentioned patterns are an excellent place to start. Golden, CO, Tunnel 1, and near Georgetown are some of our favorite spots for CC.
About Clear Creek:
Clear Creek has fishable water from Golden to Loveland Ski Resort. Up high above Georgetown, there is a good mix of species, including some nice cutthroats. Fishing around Golden and the lower canyon is an excellent option for those who do not have much time to get out and fish and are looking to stay near Denver. In the lower stretches below Idaho Springs, a mixed bag of Rainbows, Brook Trout, and Brown Trout. The average fish length is somewhere in the 6-10" range, with 14"+ being a large fish for the river. These fish are not too pressured and will willingly eat bushy dries throughout the warm months.
Latest update: 11/17/21 --
Williams Fork dropped slightly since last week to 116 CFS. Main success comes from nymphing with simple patterns such as; Leeches #12-16 baetis #18-22, midges #18-22, and tiny black stoneflies #12-16. Wading should be pretty easy at these flows. Hopper dropper & small double dry fly rigs can still be effective for picking apart pocket water and shallow riffles.
About The Williams Fork:
The Williams Fork River is another tributary of Colorado worth exploring. The river is divided by Williams Fork Reservoir. The upper section is a classic high mountain stream ideal for a small 1-3wt fly rod and a box of bushy dry flies. The tailwater section below the reservoir is where most people head when fishing the "Willy's Fork." This tailwater can be susceptible to annual flows, and fishing can be very tough during low water years. During normal to high water years, the fishing can be superb, offering anglers the chance to catch sizeable, hard-fighting Rainbow and Brown trout. This tailwater section is relatively short, coming in at about 2 miles long before it reaches the Colorado River in Parshall.
Latest update: 11/17/21 --
Grizzly Creek to Silt is an excellent section of the Colorado River to float this time of year. Hoppers fishing and larger dry flies can still be an option throughout the day, as well as a variation of attracting droppers. Grizzly to Silt fishes reasonably well throughout the entire day and well into the evening. Heavy nymphing rigs will be effective as well. Like the upper sections, we recommend a large dry fly as an indicator, trailed by a few nymphs and attractor patterns. Nymphs with large stoneflies sizes #8-12 followed by smaller bead head nymphs such as caddis, baetis, and midge patterns in sizes #16-20 will be great options. Double streamer rigs with a smaller single hook streamer trailed off the first hook of an articulated streamer can also be very effective.
The lower section of the Colorado River flows through the town of Glenwood Springs as it makes its way westward. By the time flows reach this state area, countless tributaries have all contributed to making the river quite large. This stretch of river is trendy for float fishing. However, wading can still be productive. Many fish hold along the rocky banks, and nymphing or twitching a streamer around the boulders and pocket water will put fish in the net. This portion of the river is home to some enormous Rainbow and Brown trout, and covering water as you fish along will be crucial to success.