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WATCH: Five Flies for April 2022 with Courtney Despos

Ivan Orsic / Apr 13, 2022

It's APRIL and spring is here - complete with warm, sunny days and cold, blustery days alike. While we're all itching for warmer weather, we are always fans of spring snow. These spring storms bring much-needed moisture to our snowpack and will only serve to help us anglers and the fish we chase as progress into summer. April in Colorado is marked by blue-winged olives and midge hatches with plenty of subsurface action as caddis and stoneflies start to rustle around.

While this can be one of the most productive times of the year, there's a bit more volatility when it comes to flows and weather. Keep your eyes on the hydrographs and the weather forecasts for the right combination and chances are you'll find some of the best fishing of the year. The midges will generally hatch on those warm sunny days, while the blue wings will come off when those cloudy days roll through. Either way, good spring dry fly fishing is hard to beat.

We also answered a couple of commenter questions about rigging, bug choice, and fishing techniques. If you have a question about May fishing - leave a comment down below on the YouTube video. If we pick yours, you'll WIN a Trouts Prize Pack - including prizes from Rising Fish and Umpqua! We're stepping up our game in this regard and we're excited to show you what we have for your upcoming prize packs with a little help from some of our favorite brands.

For the month of April, the Five Flies are available at our Denver location and online.

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