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Trouts Fly Fishing Forecast | July 17th Edition

Ivan Orsic / Jul 17, 2020

We're back. After a brief hiatus, it's time for the Fly Fishing Forecast!

We're settling into summer and flows have dropped to their mid-summer levels. That means the menagerie of summer bugs are here in varying sizes. Drakes, PMDs, Tricos, Caddis, Hoppers, BWOs, Sallies, Midges, and everything in between are present throughout the state. So, we've got that going for us, which is nice. However, we are experiencing below average flows on our freestones and portions of our favorite tailwaters. With that in mind, be aware of water temperatures, especially as 2-3 PM approaches.

If you like techy dry fly fishing, be on the river between 9 AM and 11AM and be on the look out for the clouds of tricos. Very well presented Trico spinners (male and female) on light tippet should do the trick. It's also hopper-dropper season. Time to throw big bushy bugs along your favorite deep cutbank and see what emerges. It's hard to beat summer in the Rockies.

Prefer your River Reports in writing? No problem, be sure to check out our Fishing Information page for up-to-date fishing reports!

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