While it's still very much winter here in the Rockies, we're getting hints of spring here and there. Sure, it dumped a comical amount of snow here on the Front Range this week, but the forecast for the next ten days looks notably warmer. As the days get longer and the temperatures get a touch warmer, we're starting to see big spring midges and that means blue-winged olives are around the corner. While flows are still low, fishing has been productive, especially along the South Platte.
Attractors like worms, eggs, leeches, craneflies, and stoneflies will continue to get the job done. This time of year, golden stoneflies are molting. While they aren't emerging, they are more active and more visible (aka brighter) when they molt. So, don't be afraid to throw a lighter-colored stonefly pattern as trout are always down for an easy, calorie-rich meal. As always, work on depth control, mending, and rigging this time of year. Fish will be more active, so determining what combination of weighted flies and additional weight to get your flies to drift at the right depth is key!
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