Sam Wright & Jason Braun
Slow morning on Clear Creek but still super fun. Pre runoff is in full swing and the water is a little off-color. Flows will vary quite a bit over the next month or so, so be ready to adjust tactics often based on the conditions. Heavy nymph rigs with big attractors got some attention in the deeper pools (San Juan Worm, eggs, smaller Pat's Rubber Legs, etc.). We got some fun looks and aggressive attacks on bigger dry flies, which is always exciting. If you're looking to throw a dry dropper rig, make sure to use a small foam fly up top (Charlie Boy Hopper, Hippie Stomper, Amy's Ant), as most of these fish won't be able to get their mouths around bigger flies (but they will absolutely try!). Below those dry flies, drop something small and heavy. I really like using Euro flies in these conditions as they're small but heavy, and get down quick. After those flies, trail some midge emergers in the morning and baetis once things warm up in the afternoon. Hit the banks with that hopper on the edge of runs (think walking pace water) and be ready, those strikes will happen in the blink of an eye. The weather was outstanding so enjoy the time on the water up in the canyon and cover a lot of water until you find some willing trout.