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3 Places To Fish This Weekend - April 8th, 2022

Brandon Rodriguez / Apr 8, 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.

Blue River - Below Green Mountain Reservoir

Latest update: 4/1/2022

Flows are 256 CFS this week. On the "warmer" days with cloud cover, we have been seeing sporadic midge activity bringing a few noses to the surface. Griffiths Gnats, parachute Adams, Low Water Baetis, mole flies, etc. in sizes #18-22 are a few good options when you come across risers here. Nymph setups are working too- Eggs, PT's, baetis, & midges are all good options in sizes #14-22.

RECOMMENDED FLIES

Staff Picked Trout Flies - Blue River
Staff Picked Trout Flies - Blue River
$35.40
Umpqua Flashback Pheasant Tail Tungsten
Umpqua Flashback Pheasant Tail Tungsten
$2.95
Umpqua Griffith's Gnat
Umpqua Griffith's Gnat
$2.95
Umpqua Manhattan Midge
Umpqua Manhattan Midge
$2.95
Colorado River - Catamount to Dotsero

Latest update: 4/1/22

Flows at Catamount Bridge are at 873 cfs. Flows at Dotsero have increased to 1190 cfs.

This is a great section of river to both float and wade. There could still be some ice/slush being pushed through this section. Don't be afraid to use some flashier Streamer patterns and attractor nymphs. Double streamer rigs with two different colors/profiles can be an effective strategy. for your nymphing rigs try Stoneflies #8-14, Worms #10-12, Eggs #12-16, and Caddis Larva #14-18, as well as Midges/Baetis size #18-22 in dark or natural colors.

RECOMMENDED FLIES

Staff Picked Trout Flies - Lower Colorado
Staff Picked Trout Flies - Lower Colorado
$35.40
Umpqua Baby Gonga
Umpqua Baby Gonga
$6.00
Umpqua Circus Peanut
Umpqua Circus Peanut
$8.00
Umpqua Prince Nymph Gold Bead
Umpqua Prince Nymph Gold Bead
$2.95
Umpqua Wired Stonefly
Umpqua Wired Stonefly
$2.95
Umpqua Rubberlegs
Umpqua Rubberlegs
$2.95
South Platte River - Dream Stream

Latest Update: 4/4/2022

Flows are around 110 CFS at the Dream this week. We are starting to see the annual spring migration of lake-run fish in the system- as always, please refrain from wading across the streambed. Midges, baetis, & attractor patterns in #14-20 are still finding fish for us- a few of our favorites are mentioned below. Manage your depth and amount of split shot accordingly!

RECOMMENDED FLIES

Staff Picked Trout Flies - Dream Stream
Staff Picked Trout Flies - Dream Stream
$35.40
Umpqua Copper John Barr's
Umpqua Copper John Barr's
$2.95
Umpqua Disco Midge
Umpqua Disco Midge
$2.95
Umpqua Mayer's Mini Leech
Umpqua Mayer's Mini Leech
$2.95
Umpqua Pheasant Tail Tungsten
Umpqua Pheasant Tail Tungsten
$2.95

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