Latest update: 10/1/23
Waterton Canyon is flowing at 85 CFS. Indicator rigs using a small attractor such as a san juan worm, leech or caddis in a #14-16 trailed by a smaller offering like a baetis or midge is working well. Copper ribbed foambacks, splitback BWO's and manhattan midges in a #18-20 are all good choices. Hopper droppers can still work on warmer days, smaller terrestrials such as 409's and hippy stompers in a #14 or 16 are always good choices here and if the fish seem to be looking up, cut off the dropper and add a second dry off the hopper such as a smaller elk hair caddis or parachute adams.
Waterton Canyon is a very good fishery located close to home that will always produce a few fish. Here at the fly shop, we believe that Waterton is one of the top locations in the front range to either learn to fish, teach someone to fish, or even practice a new style of fishing. Due to this stretch being located in a canyon, it will eventually gather quite a bit of ice on the edges. The weeks before the freeze are a fantastic time to intercept a few fish while they are fattening up for winter.