It is that time of the week again when we give you all the low down on what is fishing well and, more importantly, where to fish this weekend. As always, we will be taking out the guesswork of where to go fishing and, more importantly, what flies to use while you are out there. If you want to take even more guesswork off your plate this weekend, shop our Staff Picks fly selections. These fly selections are hand-picked by our Staff here at Trouts and are tailored to any river you will find here in Colorado! From the Front Range to Summit County and every river in between, our Staff Picks Fly Selection will ensure you are set up for success for your day out on the water. If you happen to be new to fly fishing or are just looking for another activity to do in between your time at the ski resorts, here at Trouts, we are pleased to offer a very robust and wide selection of fly fishing rental options!
A few of these rivers may look similar to last week, but with winter comes the nature of tailwater season. So, Without further ado, let's dive into the three rivers you should be fishing this weekend.
Latest Update 1/31/2022 --
Flows are at 100 CFS this week. Midge/Baetis nymphs (#20-24), scuds/Ray Charles (#16-18), and perdigons (#14-18) have been a few of our canyon go-to's this winter. We have been starting with a 9-foot 5X leader then tapering down to 6X fluorocarbon. You can find these patterns and materials for leaders are mentioned below in our "recommended flies & products" section.
Flows at Glenwood Springs have decreased and are now at 959 CFS
This section fishes reasonably well throughout the day and well into the evening. Heavy nymphing rigs will be effective. Similar to the upper sections, a large dry fly as an indicator, trailed by a few nymphs and attractor patterns, can be another option. 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. Hot Head/Hot Spot nymphs #14-18 can also be good patterns to consider.
Latest update: 1/31/2022 --
Right now we are seeing some pretty typical winter flows. The river north of town remains frozen, but the stretch through town has been consistent. Sight fishing with small nymphs has been the main approach lately. We have been using 7.5-foot fluorocarbon leaders down to 5X with a single-size BB shot. Any of the small nymphs in sizes #16-22 mentioned below are a good starting point!