Who’s Fishing this Weekend??

Oct 28, 2016

Author: Tanner Smith

As the weather remains warm fishing continues to be hot! So Who's Going Fishing this Weekend?

As most of you are probably aware the weather has been extremely mild for this time of the year. While we all hope for good snowpack for next year’s fishing, the recent warm dry conditions continue to extend fall fishing across the state. Combine that with the recent drop in flows along the South Platte River drainage and the idea of hitting some of our Frisco homewaters sounds pretty good. Here are four great options to keep in mind. 

Blue River: Focusing mainly on the tailwater section below Dillon Reservoir down to Green Mountain Reservoir. The weather forecast for Silverthorne this weekend is partly cloudy with high 50s and low 60s predicted. Partly cloudy is what makes this potentially a great destination for the weekend. WIth the clouds come the BWOs and the idea of getting big Blue River fish on a dry fly is something you shouldn’t pass up. Between the hatches it will be mostly a small nymph game. Take this as an opportunity to hone in your sight fishing game. Locate fish in the riffles as well as the deeper runs. Some bugs to try here are: Parachute Adams sz. 18-22, Hi-Vis Parachute Baetis sz. 18-22, Purple Haze sz. 18-22, Barr’s BWO emerger sz. 20-22, Mercury Baetis sz 20-22, Crystal Hunchback Baetis sz 18-22, Juju Baetis sz 20-22, Mercury Black Beauty sz 20-22, Zebra Midge sz 20-22, Rojo Midge sz 20-22, Jujubee Midge sz 20-22, Various Mysis patterns sz 18-20.

Colorado River: Whether you are in a boat or on foot the Colorado River makes a great option for this weekend. The weather looks great from Kremmling down calling for High 60s and Low 70s throughout. Our Frisco guides have been reporting successful days on just about any section of the Colorado and expect that to continue until the cold finally moves in. It is a great time of the year to be fishing streamers. Fish have been aggressive to various colors, Tan, White, Yellow, Olive and Black should all move fish. If the streamer bite isn’t producing enough action turn your focus to Baetis. There have been some great hatches coming off on cloudy days. This gives you a great opportunity to throw a dry dropper combination. Nymphing will also have success, combinations of stonefly patterns, worms, eggs, baetis and midges will be productive. Some bugs to try here; Sculpzilla in White/Tan/Olive, Circus Peanut White/Tan, Pat’s Rubber Legs sz. 8-12, Various Baetis Patterns- Morrish May Day BWO sz. 16-20, Barr’s BWO Emerger sz. 16-20, Purple Haze sz. 16-20, Parachute Adams sz. 16-20. Juju Baetis sz. 16-20. Eggs sz. 14-16, San Juan Worms Red/Brown.

Eagle River: A little further of a drive from Denver and the Frisco area, the Eagle is one of the best fall fisheries in Colorado. The weather looks good here as well warming up to the mid 70s the closer you get to the city of Gypsum. This is another great option to throw streamers. With the lower flows you should have access to cast to the river bank across from you and strip back. Black, Olive and White all moved fish consistently this week and should continue through the weekend. Look for sporadic hatches throughout the day. It can be quite the sight watching fish feed during a hatch on the Eagle. Nymph rigs will also work focusing on the deeper runs as fish are beginning to stack up preparing for the colder days ahead. A mix of standard nymphs should get the job done. Some bugs to try here are going to be similar to the Colorado. Mix of streamers in colors Black/Olive/Yellow and White. Various Baetis Patterns- Morrish May Day BWO sz. 16-20, Barr’s BWO Emerger sz. 16-20, Purple Haze sz. 16-20, Parachute Adams sz. 16-20. Juju Baetis sz. 16-20. Eggs sz. 14-16, San Juan Worms Red/Brown.

Frying Pan River: If you are really looking to get away this weekend the Frying Pan would be a great destination. A combination of lower flows and great weather has created some amazing fall dry fly fishing. Crowds will be heavy the closer to the dam you get so keep that in mind as well. If you are ok with the crowds the fishing has been very good. If fishing dries focus on finding pods of risers together. If you are chasing these fish with dries be mindful of tippet size and leader length . I would suggest being equipped with a 9ft 5x leader. If nymphing, sight fish to trout feeding in riffle areas as well as working the deeper runs. Fish will be feeding on baetis, midges and mysis the closer you get to the dam. Bugs to try here will be very similar to the Blue: Parachute Adams sz. 18-22, Hi-Vis Parachute Baetis sz. 18-22, Purple Haze sz. 18-22, Barr’s BWO emerger sz. 20-22, Mercury Baetis sz 20-22, Crystal Hunchback Baetis sz 18-22, Juju Baetis sz 20-22, Mercury Black Beauty sz 20-22, Zebra Midge sz 20-22, Rojo Midge sz 20-22, Jujubee Midge sz 20-22, Various Mysis patterns sz 18-20.

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