Sure, it's been pretty hot in Denver recently and summer isn't officially over. But, signs of fall are creeping up and showing themselves in the high country. While summer might be coming to a close, it's hard to think of a better successor than fall. Here are the five reasons you should be fishing this season!
From our perspective, there is no better way to appreciate the changing colors and dynamic landscapes that fall has to offer than when standing knee-deep in a trout stream. No fall day on the water is the same and trying to put the pieces together while standing amongst some of the most impressive displays of natural color you can imagine, well, that's hard to beat. Plan a fishing day around the foliage and it's hard to be disappointed with the sights you'll see on and in the water.
It's September. In the Front Range and throughout Colorado, that means one thing, (well maybe two: Football and fewer tourists - but for the sake of this blog...one thing). Football. Sundays are for the Broncos. We love the Broncos as much as the next guy, but we also love empty trout streams. Take advantage of the tailgaters and enjoy a little solitude on some of the most beautiful rivers in the country. Last time we checked, you can't DVR a day out on the water.
High summer flows have always meant one thing to us. Big, healthy fish. As we've been preaching all summer, big flows=big food. Big Food=Big Trout. Payoff for big water years like this year are high fish counts, increased size of average fish, and hard fighting healthy fish. I think we can all agree that Colorado trout enjoyed the spoils of high water this summer and we can't wait for the lower, more consistent flows of fall. While they've been well-fed all summer, the shortening days of fall can trigger trout to eat like there's no tomorrow.
Blue-Winged Olives. They come twice a year and signify the opening and closing of the traditional fly fishing season. Blanket hatches and hungry trout go together like peanut butter and jelly or ham and cheese. Catch a blue-wing olive hatch on the Arkansas, Eagle, or Colorado and it's a day you won't soon forget.
Like it or not, winter is around the corner. That means two things. The Pow Hounds are chomping at the bit waiting for that first good snow and fish are hungry. With brown trout are putting on weight in preparation for their annual spawn and rainbows packing on the pounds to prepare for those more meager, winter months, trout are ready and willing to eat a well-presented offering. Terrestrials, streamers, blue winged olives, eggs, scuds, worms, midges are all welcome fare for these hungry fall trout.