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 inches. 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. If you want
This section of the Colorado River is a great section of river to both float and wade in late summer and early fall (I.E. NOW) - even into winter before the ice begins to appear. The flows have remained consistent throughout the early fall months and have benefited from some well-needed influx from The Blue River and Williams Fork. Currently, this section still has some off-color water to it so do not be afraid to use something a little flashier (Streamers!) Larger Hopper patterns and attractor nymphs have still been working well. As far as my specific patterns for this time of year, I would try Chubby Chernobyl, Pat's Rubberlegs, Rainbow Warriors, KGBs, San Juan Worms, Eggs, and Caddis Larva.
The tailwater of the Fryingpan is flowing at 232 CFS as of today. With these types of flows at the moment, fish will be spread out just about everywhere below the dam. For this time of year, try a mysis shrimp trailed by a small midge or Baetis nymph. THINK SMALL BUGS! With the deep pools that dot the Fryingpan make sure you're getting your flies down to the fish! That means tossing a little heavier bug with a tungsten or copper head! You will see your best results with light tippets for those wary fish - we'd recommend 5-6x, at least! Like I said, time to size down on this stretch of river. However, it should be noted that bigger attractor patterns have been working well too. Jigged twenty inchers & prince nymphs are great imitations for green drake nymphs- which are abundant in this river. Nothing too crazy, just some typical tailwater flies.
A front-range staple, Cheesman Canyon is hard to beat this year. Flows are still looking good through the canyon this weekend and the afternoon temperatures are looking like great feeding windows for hungry fish. As always, when it comes to Cheesman, the best plan of action is the first one there, the last one out. When it comes to fly selection nymph fishing has been productive with small baetis nymphs (#20-22). Manage your depth and weight accordingly and all per usual, you will want to size down your tippets to 6X. We're still getting some action on some smaller dries- midges & baetis are working well. Also, keep an eye out for those BWO's during those afternoon pockets of sunshine.
We hope you head out to the river this weekend, and if by chance you want some information regarding other rivers in the area head over to our RIVER REPORTS section and get up-to-date river flow and temperature information. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or lingering ideas about what flies to bring on your next trip to the water, we have your covered. If you liked today's read or have any patterns you think I missed let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.