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3 Places To Fish This Weekend - April 1st, 2022

Brandon Rodriguez / Apr 1, 2022

Slowly but surely, our favorite tailwaters and freestone streams are coming back to life. Do you know what that means? We are bringing back our top three places to fish this weekend.

In our "3 Places To Fish" we give you all the low down on what flies to use and where to fish this weekend.

If you want to take even more guesswork off your plate this weekend--or anytime you hit the water, shop our Staff Picks fly selections. These fly selections are hand-picked by our Expert Staff here at Trouts and are tailored to any river you will find here in Colorado! Our Staff Picks Fly Selection will ensure you are set up for success for your day out on the water from the Front Range to Summit County and every river in between.

If you happen to be new to fly fishing or are just looking for another activity to do in the centennial state this weekend, here at Trouts, we are pleased to offer a very robust and wide selection of fly fishing rental options!

So, Without further ado, let's dive into the three rivers you should be thinking about for the weekend.

South Platte River - Cheesman Canyon

Latest Update 3/28/2022--

107 CFS coming out of Cheesman today. Trailing a #18-22 baetis or midge behind a larger attractor nymph is a simple and effective way to rig for the Canyon during heavier flows. Rubber legs, SJ worms, scuds, mini leeches, etc. in sizes #12-16 are a few go-to's for our attractor nymph. Adult olives are certainly around, so make sure you have a few of your favorite dries in the box (Para. Adams, sparkle duns, etc. #18-22).

RECOMMENDED FLIES

Staff Picked Trout Flies - Cheesman Canyon
Staff Picked Trout Flies - Cheesman Canyon
$35.40
Umpqua Disco Midge
Umpqua Disco Midge
$2.95
Umpqua Flashback Pheasant Tail
Umpqua Flashback Pheasant Tail
$2.95
Umpqua Hi-Vis Parachute Baetis
Umpqua Hi-Vis Parachute Baetis
$2.95
Umpqua Hunchback Scud
Umpqua Hunchback Scud
$2.95
South Platte River - Denver

Latest update 3/28/2022

Smallmouth, rainbows, & commons have all been caught this past week. The most important though? SUCKERS. Our approach is still sight fishing for commons, but we have been incorporating a little bit of blind casting in the mix with a good amount of success for the trout and smallmouth. Dark crawdad/bugger patterns with lead eyes or heavy bead heads are still working great for us.

RECOMMENDED FLIES

Staff Picked Flies - Carp
Staff Picked Flies - Carp
$18.00
Umpqua Barry's Carp Bitter
Umpqua Barry's Carp Bitter
$4.50
Umpqua Bread N' Butter
Umpqua Bread N' Butter
$2.95
Umpqua Crystal Bugger Tungsten Jig
Umpqua Crystal Bugger Tungsten Jig
$2.95
Umpqua Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Tungsten
Umpqua Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Tungsten
$2.95
South Platte River - 11 Mile Canyon

Latest update: 3/28/2022--

11 Mile Canyon will always be a reliable early spring option. Current flows are encouraging fish to spread out and put on the feed bag. Fish have been found on both dries and nymphs lately- sizes of both midge and baetis lifecycles can range from a #16 down to a #22.

RECOMMENDED FLIES

Staff Picked Trout Flies - 11 Mile Canyon
Staff Picked Trout Flies - 11 Mile Canyon
$35.40
Umpqua Blue Wing Olive
Umpqua Blue Wing Olive
$2.95
Umpqua Comparadun B.W.O
Umpqua Comparadun B.W.O
$2.95
Umpqua Hunchback Scud
Umpqua Hunchback Scud
$2.95
Umpqua Juju Baetis
Umpqua Juju Baetis
$2.95
Umpqua Pheasant Tail Gold Bead
Umpqua Pheasant Tail Gold Bead
$2.95

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