I'm not trying to sound like a broken record here but if you haven't been out on the water lately, you're SEVERELY missing out. We're just a few days away from the first official day of Fall and even if you weren't well versed in the use of a calendar, the cooler night and daytime temps would still surely alert you to this reality.
Oh, and the fishing might as well.
Water temps are perfect, flows are great, the bugs are still getting active, the rivers are continuing to be less crowded (THANK YOU hunting season!) and the fish are feeding with abandon. It really has been the perfect combination.
On the Front Range side of things, Deckers and the Dream Stream continue to fish well with tricos still making themselves known on a near daily basis. The shining aquatic-morsel-du-jour though has been the Blue Wing Olive. While a BWO nymph will certainly produce year-round on the Platte, it's always a dead giveaway that the seasons are changing when the fish really start to key back in on these micro meals. I think most of our guides would agree we can't remember the last time that an egg/leech/worm, trailed by a size 18-22 BWO, trailed by a midge hasn't gotten the job done. And hey, did you notice that one word in the previous sentence we haven't seen in a while? The season of the egg is nearing by the day and we're starting to pick up a few fish on these as well of late.
And while the S. Platte is no doubt near and dear to many of our hearts, the shining stars as of late have definitely been the numerous rivers surrounding our Frisco location. The Colorado has been fishing incredible and our drift boats have been staying wet every day as a result. Aside from that, the Arkansas, Williams Fork, Eagle and Blue Rivers are also pulling their weight in a big way. Effective flies for the freestones have been pretty standard for this time of year (otherwise known as match the hatch) We're still seeing a variety of bugs throughout the day so be prepared with BWO's, PMD's, Red Quills, Caddis and Yellow Sallies. If you're not seeing much in the way of hatches however, nymphing with a stonefly trailed by a caddis/bwo nymph will produce. If you've got the weather on your side (in a warm way) don't hesitate to cover water with a hopper/dropper. If you've got the weather on your side (in a gray/cloudy/cooler way) I'd be reaching for the streamer box.
The only river you'll really need to switch things up in Summit County on is the Blue. Flows remain steady at just over 100 cfs making for some great sight fishing conditions. As is usually the case here, keep your flies small and tippets light. Midges and BWO's will be your best bet as there aren't going to be a lot of shrimp in the system at these flows. If you happen to be there on a cloudy day I would hesitate to rip a small/medium streamer around.
AND IN BETTER NEWS- now is the PERFECT time to take advantage of our Fall Guiding Special! From now through Oct 31st, book a Full Day Guided Float Trip and get a $125 gift card to Trouts. Book a Full Day Guided Wade Trip and get a $100 gift card to the shop. Lastly, booking a Half Day Guided Wade Trip will earn you a $50 gift card to the shop. The clock is ticking so don't miss out on this incredible offer!