COLORADO FISHING REPORT
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Water We Guide On: 6/30/16
The flow in the Blue River below Dillon Reservoir is at 600 cfs. This represents about a 500 cfs drop in flow over the last 4 days. The lower flow moves the fish out of the willows and extreme sheltering lies that are difficult for the angler to access. As a result, the action is improving. We expect the flow to continue falling over the next few weeks, which should create prime fly fishing conditions on the Blue River below Dillon Reservoir.
Keep in mind that now is a great time to fish. Many of the biggest fish of the year are caught in the higher waters of spring. This is true of almost all of our rivers, not just the Blue River.
With the relatively high release of water coming from the reservoir, look for good numbers of Mysis shrimp to be in the system. Some days, a Mysis imitation will be all you will need to catch fish on the Blue River in Silverthorne. You should be able to use a bit larger fly, including Mysis patterns, at this flow. 2X-4X fluorocarbon tippet will get the job done.
We suggest using the smallest, neutral colored indicator that you can still see. Brightly colored indicators often alert the trout of your presence and they will either spook or just refuse to eat your fly.
Of course, there are days, and times of the day, when Mysis patterns seem to be of little interest to the trout that live below Dillon Reservoir. So come to the Blue River in Silverthorne prepared to use small Midges, small Mayfly nymphs, Golden Stones in all sizes, Caddis larvae and a selection of worm imitations and streamers.
In addition to every Mysis pattern you can think of, our guides have been using: #18-#22 standard Pheasant Tails, #20-#22 red Imposters, #20-#22 Rainbow Warriors, #20-#22 Black Beauties, #20-#22 gray Sparkle Wing RS-2's, #20-#22 Top Secret Midges (or Smith's Midges), #20-#24 chartreuse or orange Desert Storms and #18-#22 black or orange/red Pure Midges. Squirmy Wormies and rubberleg worms have been producing as well.
We haven't seen many fish feeding on the surface. Almost all of the action has been subsurface. The overcast days hold the greatest possibility to find fish feeding on the surface. But don't expect to find "lights-out" dry fly fishing on the Blue River in Silverthorne on a consistent basis.
Dries to try: size 18-26 Parachute Adams, size 20-22 Griffith's Gnats, size 20-22 Morgan's Midges and size 20-22 Sparkle Duns.
We advise using the smallest, least conspicuous indicator you can see, especially if you are fishing to the trout that are hanging on the bank. White or black yarn indicators, small sized white or "glow-in-the-dark" Thingamabobbers are always good choices when fishing the Blue River in Silverthorne. Fishing without an indicator, although tricky, can be deadly as well.
If you don't use streamers on the Blue River, you should consider doing so. This is especially true during the fall into the early winter. Streamer fishing is, at times, a very effective strategy and is an underused technique by most anglers fishing the Blue River in Silverthorne. Don't be afraid of using the big, articulated patterns available these days. Trailing a black or olive Houdini behind a black or white Dungeon is often a winning strategy.
Streamers to try: Sex Dungeons, Barely Legals, Home Invaders, Houdini, Thin Mints, Super Buggers and all sizes and colors of the standard "Woolly Bugger."
Question: What's going on with the Gold Medal status of the Blue River?
Answer: The Blue River between Silverthorne and Green Mountain Reservoir has been delisted from Colorado's Gold Medal list. The Blue within the city limits of Silverthorne is still listed as Gold Medal water. There are still great fish to be caught on the Blue north of Silverthorne. If you check in with us regularly, you have seen hundreds of photos of fish that were caught in this stretch over the years. And we try to post current pics regularly. It's true; you won't find the numbers of fish that you will see in Silverthorne. But you will find fewer anglers and less selective fish!
Here's a Blue River access map for Silverthorne (courtesy of the Town of Silverthorne):
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The Blue River below Dillon Reservoir is officially running at 600 cfs today (Thursday, 6/30). This flow is an improvement from the 1200 cfs we saw a few days ago. That said, there are a number of feeder streams that enter the Blue River as it makes its way north to its confluence with the Colorado River. Consequently, the effective flow on the Blue is somewhat higher than the 600 cfs reported by the streamflow websites and apps.
The action is improving on the Blue River north of Silverthorne is improving but we are still a few weeks away from having full access to the river. For now, concentrate your efforts on the soft water along the bank, breaks in current from boulders and depressions, and on the inside of river bends. You will find hungry fish in these areas willing to eat your flies.
Larger attractor nymphs, Pat's Rubberlegs, Golden Stone nymphs in size 8-18, Mayfly nymphs, Caddis larvae and Midge larvae are all available food sources for the trout at this time of year and are good choices to imitate with your flies. Worm imitations are also effective at these elevated flows. Streamers are always worth a try as some days they will out produce any other tactic.
The inlet area to Green Mountain Reservoir is beginning to fish well. Focus your attention on the water that has a medium current and where the river is becoming to look like a part of the lake.
The determined wade angler will find trout spread out in the best feeding lies. Don't expect to find fish stacked up like you will see in Silverthorne. The farther one gets away for Lake Dillon, the more the Blue River fishes like a freestone river. Moreover, you'll need to work a bit harder to successfully fish the Blue north of town; the fish population is lighter in the northern reaches of the river than it is in Silverthorne. The concentration of fish improves, however, in the mile or so above where the Blue River enters Green Mountain Reservoir (i.e. the inlet area).
Trout that live north of Silverthorne will often take a variety of fly patterns (please see below) and are, generally, less selective than the trout residing just below the Lake Dillon Dam. Again, when fishing this stretch, covering more ground often equates to more hook-ups. 5x fluorocarbon tippet is recommended.
FYI: The Blue River between Silverthorne and Green Mountain Reservoir has been delisted from the Gold Medal list. The Blue within the city limits of Silverthorne is still listed as Gold Medal water. There are still great fish to be caught on the Blue north of Silverthorne. If you check in with us regularly, you have seen hundreds of photos of fish that were caught in this stretch over the years. And we try to post current pics regularly. It's true, you won't find the numbers of fish that you will see in Silverthorne. But you will find fewer anglers and less selective fish!
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Patterns for this stretch:
Nymphs: Egg Patterns, #16-#18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies, Prince Nymphs: #10-16, Standard Pheasant Tails and Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails/Hare's Ears: #10-16, JuJu Baetis (standard and purple), #16-#18 2-Bit Hookers, #18-#20 Split-Case BWO Nymphs, #18-#20 Buckskins and #18-#20 gray RS-2's.
Dries: $16-#22 Parachute Adams, #18-#20 Gulper Specials, #14-#16 Chubby Chernobyls and #14-#16 yellow or orange Stimulators, #14-#18 Elk Hair Caddis in tan or brown, #14-#16 Royal Wulffs.
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FYI: The mosquitos are already a factor on this stretch of the Colorado. They aren't bad yet but we advise bringing some bug spray all the same.
The Colorado near Parshall is coming into fine early summer form. It has about 3 feet of visibility and is flowing at 750 cfs above its confluence with the Williams Fork tailwater and 1070 cfs below that confluence
While the fishing on the Colorado River near Parshall has been fair to very good lately, it has been a day-to-day affair. Don't be afraid to move up or down the river if you aren't having any success. Sometimes, just traveling a mile can make a huge difference in finding trout with better attitudes.
We are still using the larger flies that we like during run-off but we are beginning to transition into the smaller, size 14-18 imitations that are so effective through the summer. Salmon Fly Nymphs, Golden Stone nymphs, Caddis larvae patterns, San Juan Worms and Pale Morning Dun nymphs should be in your fly boxes. Flies that are currently fooling fish include: #12-#18 natural or black Pheasant Tails, #6-#10 Pat's Rubberlegs in olive, black or coffee, #14-#18 Barr's Graphic Caddis, and #12-#18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies or Iron Sallies. San Juan worms in pink, worm brown and red are producing good results as well.
Weight and depth can be key to catching fish at any time of year but especially when water conditions are less than ideal. If you can only see your fly for about a foot in the water, the same holds true for the trout. If you are floating your nymphs 14 inches above a trout, in water that has 12 inches of visibility, that trout may never see your fly. Moreover, a trout may not be feeding aggressively enough to move even 2-3 inches despite being able to see your fly. This all says to us that, to be better anglers, we need to play around with our set-up depths, and the amount of weight we use, more often than most of us do. Sometimes getting the set-up "right" will pay off in a much bigger way than just getting it close.
Try changing (primarily adding) weight before changing flies. If your flies aren't occasionally ticking the bottom, and you aren't hooking up, add some weight (or heavier flies) until you occasionally get hung up. The opposite, of course, can also be true--it is just less common! If you are constantly cleaning your flies, or hanging up, take off a bit of weight. Our guides have been using 4x-5x fluorocarbon tippet depending on the amount of water clarity on any given day.
Don't forget to try a streamer. Larger patterns often work best as they move a ton of water and create a larger vibration in the water. Trailing a smaller streamer behind the larger streamer can crush fish some days. Common set-ups include: Sex Dungeon (any color) trailing a Wounded Sculpin, Sparkle Minnow trailing a Houdini or a Home Invader (black, white or tan) trailing a Slump Buster (rust, black or olive).
Here are some thoughts to keep in mind when fishing the upper Colorado River near Parshall: In the winter, the water temperature on the Colorado River below the Williams Fork confluence will generally be warmer than the temperature of the Colorado above the confluence. In summer, the opposite is typically true; the water temp is colder on the Colorado River below the Williams Fork confluence and warmer above the confluence. This difference in water temperature will often trigger different insect hatches. For example, you might find Blue Wing Olives hatching below the Williams Fork confluence but not hatching above the confluence (and vice versa). It is not unusual to find better (or poorer) Fishing on the Colorado River near Parshall simply by moving a few miles upstream or downstream.
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FYI: Bring your favorite mosquito repellant. Nuff said.
The Colorado near Pumphouse has about 3 feet of visibility and is fishing very well. The river has dropped considerably over the past week and, as a result, the fish are beginning to spread out. When fishing the heavier current, many fish will still be holding tight to the bank, but our guests are catching more and more fish in the softer water 3-4 feet off the bank. The "fishing on the run" has improved dramatically over the past week. Still, don't overlook the importance of "nosing up" or wade fishing. There are fish stacked up in some of the river's eddies, deeper slow seems and ledges right now.
Flies that are working include: #6-#10 black Pat's Rubberlegs, #16 Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails, #16-#18 red Two-Bit Hookers, CDC Hare's Ears, Tungsten Golden Stones in #12-#18, Olive Caddis larvae, Barr's Graphic Caddis, #14-#16 Tungsten Yellow Sallies, and #12-#16 pink Sparkle Worms. As always, call us (970-262-2878) for the most current report.
The streamer bite has been sporadic but the best streamers have been: white or olive Dungeons, Barely Legals, Sparkle Minnows, Olive Gongas and tan Home Invaders. The fish seem to want big, lightly colored streamers at the moment. But that could change in an instant so come to the party with a good selection of pattens in different sizes and colors.
Finding the "pattern" to the trout's feeding lies on any given day can make the difference between catching a couple of fish or hooking up many fish. Pay attention to where you are catching fish and look to find similar water elsewhere on the river. If your "pattern" begins to let you down look to change up what you are doing in hopes of finding another "pattern" to the trout's feeding. Here's what most guides do: Change flies, change where in the river they are fishing them and play around with how deep they are fishing them.
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At 570 cfs, the upper Arkansas is still high but the fishing is improving. You'll have to hunt until you find the softer pockets and flooded areas to find success. Come to the river armed with some Chubby Chernobyls, Pat's Rubberlegs, San Juan Worms, larger bead head nymphs, 3x/2x tippet, and some AB tin split shot. You'll be all set.
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Nymphs to try: Egg Patterns, Standard or Black Pheasant Tails (#18-#22), Juju Midges or Black Pure Midges (#20-#24), Pat's Rubberlegs in olive or black (#8-#12), CDC Tungsten Pheasant Tails and Hare's Ears (#16-#18)
Dries to try:: Parachute Adams (#18-#22) and Griffiths Gnats (#18-#22).
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The 4 star rating is for float angling. The wade-fisher will likely find the fishing to be less than that.
Float trips are killing it right now. The fish are in any soft water you can find. Most days, they are exploding on size 6-12 dry flies and are more than willing to eat almost any size of nymph used as a dropper off the dry. Throw your fly into the soft pockets, they will come.
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It's go time on the Fork. Seriously, go fishing now.
Nymphing has been better than either dry flies or streamers. But both of those have their days and times of day. The larger Golden Stones and the Yellow Sallie variety are hatching, as are Pale Morning Duns and Caddis. There are Green Drake nymphs in the system. For now, the fish aren't being too picky. Over the next few weeks the fishing pressure will increase and we'll need to get more specific with our fly selection. But for now, go get it done!
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Light olive and orange scuds are in the system, as are Blue Wing Olive nymphs, smaller Golden Stone nymphs and Caddis larvae. There have been some opportunities to fish small BWO dries and throwing a hopper is never a bad idea.
Streamers can be effective early and late in the day.
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Muddy creek is flowing at 110 cfs and is fishing well........if you can take the mosquitoes and Deer Flies.
Have a look at the reservoir releases before heading to the Muddy, or any tailwater for that matter. It might make or break your day. Here's a must have link to the state's Colorado Streamflow page.
Spinney Mountain Reservoir is now open and ready for business. The giant lake Midges and the Callibaetis Mayfly are hatching in good numbers. The fishing has been excellent some days. Now is the time to hit Spinney if you're a fan of stillwater fishing
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Flow bumped up yesterday from 280 CFS to 438 cfs. The fish should be adjusted to this flow by now, but definitely by Friday. Make sure you bring enough weight and plenty of Pheasant Tails, Yellow Sallie nymphs, gray or olive RS-2's and Caddis Larvae. Fishing isn't off the hook but it is worth the mile (plus) walk into the river from the parking lot.
Whether you prefer the 12 oz., or you are all in for the "40," this creek is always flowing cold and foamy. Use limes and salt as needed. Longnecks are the preferred choice, but almost any variety will catch you a buzz.
The Middle Fork of the South Platte above Spinney Mountain Reservoir is now down to a very fishable level. Attractor dries and nymphs should be all you need. But bring a few yellow Sallie, caddis and Green Drake nymphs/dries just to make sure. Oh hear, a size 14 hopper won't go wrong either.
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Other Local Water
Because we do not guide on the following rivers, we cannot give the same detailed information that you find for the Water We Guide On. However, the streamflows are continuously updated, and we've done our best to give you a general idea of what to expect on these waters for this time of year.
Please remember that wade fishing is only allowed in the public stretches of the Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir. This primarily consists of the approximately 1.5 miles or so of river bank located just below the reservoir. The public water ends at the private land/no trespassing postings. Float fishing is allowed below the reservoir but wade fishing on private property is trespassing, as is anchoring a boat on private land. For those of you that are new to Colorado's stream laws, the landowner does not own the water passing through private land but the landowner does own the stream bottom. Colorado's stream laws are not the same as the stream laws in Montana (Montana law allows an angler to stand on private property up to the "High-Water" mark).
There is no commercial guiding (wade or float) allowed on this stretch of the Blue but most of the shop guys love to fish it when they get a chance. The current flow of 800 cfs is a good level for float fishing but not ideal for wade fishing. Both wade and boat anglers will need to focus on the slack water to find success. Nymphing with larger flies (#4-#10) will often bring trout to hand but don't overlook the smaller (#16-#20) BWO, Green Drake and Golden Stone patterns. San Juan Worms should also be in your repertoire.
Please keep in mind that Mountain Lions call this area home throughout the year. Please consider leaving your dog at home and keep a watchful eye when hiking/fishing.
Nymphs to try: Egg patterns, #10- #12 Pat's Rubber Legs, size 14-18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies, size 18-22 Olive and Black Zebra Midges, size 18-20 Split Cased BWO's, Standard Pheasant Tails, size 18-22 Gray WD-40's, Black, size 18-22 Olive or gray RS-2's, size 12-16 Charlie's "TDJ" Pheasant Tails and Golden Stones, size 12-18 CDC Hare's Ears and CDC Pheasant Tails.
Dries to Try: #18-#26 Parachute Adams, #18-#22 Matthew's Sparkle Emergers, #20-#24 Brooks' Sprouts and #20-#22 "Stuck in the Shucks."
Streamers are a good option right now on the Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir. We love using large, articulated streamers but don't forget to try the more traditional, smaller streamers. You might be surprised how well the "oldies" produce!
Ice fishing conditions exist.
Gore Creek is running fairly clear but with our recent warm weather we are about to see some high, and dirty water in Gore Creek.
The inlet area into Dillon Lake is beginning to turn on. The river itself is running a bit high but is still very fishable.
High and stained water conditions exist from Georgetown to Golden. It is still an option though. The Clear Creek fish aren't terribly picky. Try using #12=#14 red Copper Johns, #12-#14 Bead Head Pheasant Tails under a #10 Chubby Chernobyl. Focus on the soft river edges and slower seams.
The Snake is running high but is very fishable. Standard attractor nymphs, Eggs, San Juan Worms and smaller streamers will bring good results.