Current River Flow Updates
Latest Update 8/5/2020 --
Flows below the lake have finally increased. We have been seeing a sharp increase in feeding activity as a result. Water temperatures can still reach dangerous levels around mid-day- so remain mindful of our cold water friends. Strong trico and caddis hatches have been present in the canyon lately. Any small trico pattern in sizes #22-24 fished on top of the water or just in the film has been deadly in the late morning hours. We have been finding a lot of success fishing the trico in tandem with a larger adult caddis in size #16. Nymphing your summer-staple patterns at a variety of depths has also been equally as effective. Don't be afraid to rope up your tippet sizes at this current discharge. Starting with 4x fluorocarbon to your first fly (weighted pat's rubber legs, san juan worms, cranefly larvae in sizes #8-14) and ending with 5x to a smaller baetis or caddis nymph in #16-20 has been an effective sub-surface rig lately. Water structure is also very important this time of year. Spend less time fishing to "lazy" fish at the bottom of deep pools and more time in the riffles. As always, feel free to stop by our brand new Denver location to browse our Cheesman selection.