Welcome to the Trouts Monthly Frisco/Mountain Forecast!
With June upon us, I have been looking forward to some drier and warmer weather. Unfortunately, this has not been the case for us here in Colorado. This on a personal level has started to eat into my mental well-being, but honestly, this is good for us in Colorado right now. We have been blessed the past six months with some good precipitation and this is going to do wonders for our fishing this summer as well as the health of our rivers. We have needed this for quite some time, so this is very exciting to hear and I am looking forward to what the next few months have in store for the fishing and all of our summer activities.
Here are some sections I will be looking to fish in the weeks to come.
This is a favorite section to fish this time of year. While the flows are not low, they are manageable and the watercolor has been very fishable. Look for caddis hatches and fish actively eating on the dead drift and swing. The Salmon Flies should move up to Byers Canyon next and this is a great section to wade fish with these large dry fly and nymph patterns.
With flows and watercolor very manageable the fishing on this section is just going to get better and better as we move toward July. Caddis have been a go-to pattern for me, whether a dry fly or a nymph behind a large stonefly. The Salmon Flies have been hatching but the cooler temperatures have not been favorable for the numbers we like to see. This has slowed the progression of the hatch keeping these large sources of protein around for longer than some years. Expect these nymphs and adults will be around for the next few weeks and I will be fishing a large dry fly mimicking an adult and a large stonefly as a dropper to mimic a nymph with a third dropper to mimic a caddis nymph or emerger.
As a true tailwater section, this is a go-to option to fish when we start to see peak runoff. The three miles or so of this tailwater offer great fishable water, with bend after bend of fishy water and the potential for a very large trout in every one of those bends. In the weeks to come, look for blue-winged olive hatches and keep your eyes open for caddis to start to become active as the next major hatch on this section of the river.
The Roaring Fork from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs:
This section of the river is another favorite for this time of year. As the Crystal River has started to drop and clear, this is making this section very fishable. Make sure you check the Crystal River gauge at Carbondale to look for any major changes in the flows. For the next couple of weeks look for caddis to be the predominant hatch as well as some larger stoneflies. But just like the Eagle, as we near the end of the month look for the yellow sally hatch to come alive in large numbers.
While we are not out of runoff season quite yet, and the prospect of runoff lasting longer than usual, the reservoirs will be a great escape from high and off-color rivers. The reservoirs fish great from the shore and boat alike but I have found myself enjoying fishing from shore a bit more lately. Most of the time fishing basic patterns can have success. Think Hare’s Ears and Pheasant Tails, but it is a good idea to have variations of those with flash, and then scuds, leeches, eggs, worms, callibaetis, and chironomid patterns. I like to fish the reservoirs early in the day before the South Park wind starts and then I might enjoy a short lunch and go look for the potential of some river fishing on the Dream Stream or many of the sections of the Middle and South Fork of the South Platte above the reservoirs. The flows in South Park usually take a bit longer to subside but looking at the upper sections can be fruitful if conditions are good and look for caddis to start moving up the river corridor.
This is a favorite dry dropper heavy-duty floating dry fly for this time of year. Coming in two colors of orange and tan, the orange gets the nod this time of year with Salmon flies around. This pattern comes in a good size range and I will use the tan version all summer long and downsize as conditions change.
his is a good alternative to the standard Pat’s Rubber Leg. With the wire adding weight and biot legs making this pattern looks extremely realistic, this pattern tends to do well in off-color water and clear water equally. This fly also comes in a good size run and as we get later in the season, I will downsize this pattern as the river clears and drops.
With the yellow sally hatch approaching us soon this a great pattern to have in your fly box. The smaller sizes will represent the yellow sallies purposely and the larger sizes work great for lighter-colored larger stonefly patterns and golden stones. With the tungsten bead, this fly sinks fast and can work great as a first dropper on a dry dropper setup.
With caddis being a predominant hatch this time of year, I find the prince or flash prince no better pattern to fish. The flash on this fly adds a little extra attention-grabbing attribute and I find it does great in off-color and clear conditions alike. The tungsten bead helps this fly sink for dry dropper setups and as we get later in the season I will often use this pattern in its larger sizes as my first dropper.
This pattern just does not disappoint! This fly comes in all the good colors, swims well, and casts so well for an articulated pattern. This time of year with some color in the water and higher flows this pattern will get the attention of the trout and get down to fish quickly, which is a must this time of year.
The Colorado River at Parshall- 1471 CFS
The Colorado River at Kremmling- 2090 CFS
The Colorado River at Catamount Bridge- 2850 CFS
The Colorado River at Dotsero- 6410 CFS
The Colorado River below Glenwood Springs- 11600 CFS
The Eagle below Milk Creek Near Wolcott- 2530 CFS
The Eagle at Gypsum- 2870 CFS
The Roaring Fork at Aspen- 296 CFS
The Roaring Fork at Emma- 1890 CFS
The Frying Pan below Ruedi- 236 CFS
The Frying Pan at Meredith- 499 CFS
The Crystal River at Carbondale- 2240 CFS
The Roaring Fork at Glenwood Springs- 4560 CFS
The South Platte above Eleven Mile Reservoir- 38.5 CFS
With the past May being the fourth wettest in Colorado history, the weather pattern has started to wear on most. In the next couple of weeks, the trend looks to continue but as we near the middle of the month there looks to be a warm-up with lower chances of precipitation and my anticipation is that we will warm and dry up as we near the end of the month. After a couple of weeks of dry and hot weather, we will be asking for the precipitation back. That usually comes in the form of the summer monsoons in Colorado and I expect to see signs of those as we get into July.
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