It's "make sure your fly box is really full with all the bugs" season. One of the best seasons out of all the seasons in our humble opinion. Flows are dropping and the freestones are clearing up. In fact, conditions are primo on many of Colorado's freestones and tailwaters alike. Golden stones, terrestrials, yellow sallies, caddis, pale morning duns (PMDs), and blue-winged olives (BWOs) are all present. Elevated flows on the South Platte bring scuds, craneflies, leeches, and worms into the mix on our favorite tailwaters. Callibaetis and Chironomids are hatching on those South Park stillwaters. It's THAT time of year.
We would like to encourage anglers to give the Colorado River and it's tributaries above State Bridge a break. We're seeing seasonally lower than normal flows and with the recent high temperatures, the water temperature has been consistently measured above 67°F on a daily basis. For more information on how to measure water temperature and when to give fish a break, check out this post from our archives. As a general rule, 67°F is a great cutoff to give trout a break and let them hunker down and find a consistent source of cool water.
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