COLORADO FISHING REPORT
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While you can catch fish in Silverthorne using larger dry flies like Caddis and Stimulators, the trout seem more interested in smaller, subsurface offerings (i.e., tailwater nymphs). The fish in the photo (above) was caught on a size 22 black Pure Midge under a tiny indicator. 6x fluorocarbon tippet was necessary, as was a # 4 tin shot. Other flies that are working include: size 20-22 natural Pheasant Tails, size 22 cream Bling Midges and size 22 Juju Zebra Midges.
Mysis Shrimp are still on the menu, especially in the morning and the evening. But flies imitating tiny midges and small mayflies have generally been more productive.
We have been seeing frequent rain showers and downpours lately in the High Country. The Blue in town typically runs fairly clear during a rain shower but can become quite stained during a downpour. Don't let a little dirty water throw you; nymph fishing with bigger, brighter attractor patterns, San Juan Worms and egg patterns will bring results. The river is usually clear above Straight Creek no matter how much rain is coming down. So head up above Straight Creek when the water clarity is difficult down river and you are looking to sight fish. Just a thought: We have caught some monster fish under conditions that leave many anglers never stringing up their rods.
The water temperature in the Blue River has been dropping lately. The cooler (than normal?) weather, the almost daily rain showers and the lack of Lake Dillon surface water entering the river via the overflow tube are all factors contributing to the colder water. Consequently, we aren't seeing much in the way of summer insect hatches. That said, we are seeing Blue Wing Olive hatches in town on some of the gray, rainy days. Midges are also hatching most afternoons. If you travel down river 15 miles or so, you will likely run into better Blue Wing Olive activity.
Unless it is cloudy, we haven't seen many fish feeding on the surface during the day. Most of the action has been subsurface. That said, you can sometimes entice a trout or two to eat a size 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, a size 14 Amy's Ant or a size 14-18 Parachute Adams. As a general rule-of-thumb, the late evenings and the overcast days hold the greatest possibility of finding fish willing to eat on the surface. But don't expect to find "lights-out" dry fly fishing on the Blue River in Silverthorne on a consistent basis.
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. 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 running at 110 cfs today. This flow is a very angler friendly level as the river is accessible bank to bank. We are seeing Caddis and small Golden Stone Flies (i.e., Yellow Sallies) hatch from Silverthorne to Green Mountain Reservoir. The hatches tend to be strongest as you head north, away from Silverthorne, but you can currently encounter strong, localized hatches on almost any stretch of the Blue.
Patterns for this stretch:
Nymphs: #16-#18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies, Prince Nymphs: #10-16, Standard Pheasant Tails and Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails/Hare's Ears, #14-#18 Iron Sallies, #14-#18 Barr's Graphic Caddis, #14-#18 2-Bit Hookers, #16-#18 Split-Case PMD Nymphs, #18-#20 Buckskins, #12-#16 Tung Teasers, and #16-#20 gray or olive RS-2's.
Dries: #12-#18 Parachute Adams, #12-#18 Elk Hair Caddis, #6-#16 Chubby Chernobyls and #10-#16 yellow or orange Stimulators, #12-#16 Royal Wulffs.
The action on the Blue River north of Silverthorne is currently fair to good, with some anglers having success and others not so much. Keep in mind that the Blue north of Silverthorne tends to fish much better, during the summer months at least, on the surface than under it. There's no explaining this phenomenon but after years of guiding this water it has proven to be the case more often than not. Dropping a bead head nymph from a medium to large is often the best technique during the lower water flows of summer.
Medium to larger sized attractor nymphs, Pat's Rubberlegs, Golden Stone nymphs in size 8-18, Mayfly nymphs, Caddis larvae and Green Drake nymphs are good choices to entice fish to feed or to match the available food sources on the Blue River at this time. Streamers are always worth a try as some days they will out produce any other tactic.
The inlet area to Green Mountain Reservoir is fishing fair. This is usually a go to location at this time of year. The fact that the inlet isn't "on" right now is most likely due to the fact that Green Mountain Reservoir hasn't been stocked this year in an attempt to rid the Kokanee Salmon in the reservoir of gill lice. There are no plans to stock Green Mountain Reservoir this year at all. Current plans also call for no stocking of Green Mountain Reservoir next year.
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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FYI: The mosquitos are a still a factor on this stretch of the Colorado. We currently advise bringing 1 can of bug spray........you can now leave the second can at home
The guides are returning from their trips today as I write this. They all report that the water clarity is very good to excellent on the Colorado River on the Colorado near Parshall. While that could change overnight, that is the report from today.
The Colorado near Parshall is coming into fine summer form. The river has about 3 feet of visibility and is flowing at 200 cfs above its confluence with the Williams Fork tailwater and 380 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.
In general, we have transitioned away from the larger flies that we like during the higher spring flows into the smaller, size 14-18 imitations that are so effective through the summer. Golden Stone nymphs, Caddis larvae patterns and Pale Morning Dun nymphs should be in your fly boxes. Nymphs that are currently fooling fish include: #12-#18 natural or black Pheasant Tails, #8-#14 Pat's Rubberlegs in olive, black or coffee, #14-#18 Barr's Graphic Caddis, and #12-#18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies or Iron Sallies.
Dry flies have been effective during the afternoon when the Caddis, Pale Morning Dun and smaller Golden Stone adults are flying. While the dry fly action can be good during the late mornings to early afternoons, the evening hours often provide the best dry fly action of the day. Effective dry fly patterns include: #14-#18 Elk Hair Caddis, #14-#18 Parachute and CDC winged Pale Morning Duns, #12-#18 yellow Stimulators, #10-#12 Chubby Chernobyls in gold, orange and purple, and #14-#18 Parachute or Standard Adams.
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: While the mosquitoes are dwindling, it is still a good idea to have a can of bug juice at the ready. The Deer Flies are also becoming less of an issue.
Th river is currently fishable from Pumphouse (and above) down to Dotsero. Fishing has been fair to very good depending on the day and the stretch of river you are fishing. The balance of fishing conditions favors the good to very good days, with a more difficult day thrown in here and there.
The fish are no longer only hanging out along the bank. Expect to find fish throughout the river. 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 and even in the middle of the river. The "fishing on the run" is as good as it gets right now. Still, don't overlook the importance of "nosing up" or wade fishing. There are fish stacked up in some of the river's eddies, drops, deeper slow seems and ledges right now.
Nymphs that are catching fish include: #8-#10 black or coffee Pat's Rubberlegs, #16 Tungsten CDC Pheasant Tails, #16-#18 red Two-Bit Hookers, #16-#18 CDC Hare's Ears, Tungsten Yellow Sallies in #16-#18, Olive Caddis larvae, #16 olive Caddis larvae and emergers, #14-#16 standard Pheasant Tails, and #14-#16 Formerly Known as Prince nymphs. As always, call us (970-262-2878) for the most current report.
Dry flies to use: #10-#18 Chubby Chernobyl in gold, #14-#18 yellow or orange Stimulators, #14-#18 Parachute Adams or Parachute Pale Morning Duns, #12-#18 Elk Hair Caddis and Grasshopper patterns of all sizes.
We think the most effective technique at the moment is a dry-dropper set-up or a yarn indicator. At these flows, a dry fly (or yarn indicator) is better math detecting subtle strikes than a Thingamabobber or an Air-Lock indicator. Since we are still getting decent action on the larger dry fly, we recommend using a #10-#12 Chubby Chernobyl and then dropping a few of the nymphs mentioned above off of the Chubby.
The streamer bite has been sporadic but it has been good to very good at times. The best streamers have been: Black or White Dungeons, Sparkle Minnows in Sculpin,Black or Tan/Yellow Gongas and black or tan Home Invaders. The fish seem to want big, lightly colored (cream 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. Black, of course, is a color you should never leave home without.
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 215 cfs, the upper Arkansas is at a perfect flow for the wade angler. We are seeing a few Caddis, Pale Morning Duns (PMD's) and Yellow Sallies but those hatches are definitely dwindling. Expect Blue Winged Olives to show up soon in numbers.
The overcast days present the best dry fly opportunity. But fish will often take visible, bushy dry flies in the faster water on the sunny days. Using a dropper off of your dry fly more than doubles your chances of hooking up. Try going below the Hayden Meadows section as that area has been busy this summer.
Nymphs to try:Standard or Black Pheasant Tails (#14-#18), Spilt-Case PMD's (#16-#18), Tung Teasers (#14-#16), CDC Tungsten Pheasant Tails (#16-#18), Barr's Graphic Caddis (#16) and Hare's Ears (#16-#18)
Dries to try:: Parachute PMD's (#14-#18), Green Drakes (#14-#16), Peacock Caddis (#14-#18), yellow or orange Stimulators (#14-#16) and Chubby Chernobyls (#14-#18).
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The fishing can definitely rate 4 stars. We dropped it to 3 stars to reflect the slightly slower action we have today versus the insanity we experienced from mid-jute through July 14th or so.
Float trips are doing well but we are working slightly harder to catch fish than we were a few weeks ago in the high water. The water has dropped significantly and the fish are spreading out. This forces the angler to make more casts into likely feeding lies. The fish are there and they are eating. It is just taking more casts to find where the fish are hanging out.
Flies are essentially the same as for the upper Arkansas. Please see the report above.
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The Roaring Fork River is still fishing well but the action has dropped off some now that the water is down to 1060 cfs. The fish are not as aggressive as they are at higher flows. But don't mistake that for a reason not to go fish it. Definitely go!
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 smaller Yellow Sallie variety are hatching, as are Pale Morning Duns and Caddis. The Green Drake are pretty much finished for the year. The fish are getting more selective so drop your tippet down to 4x fluorocarbon and consider using a dry fly for your indicator instead of a Thingamabobber. You might even have to lose the bead on your smaller nymphs.
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Tricos, Caddis and Pale Morning Duns are the insects of most importance. Fishing has been best from early morning until about noon.
Streamers can be effective late in the day.
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Muddy creek is flowing at 70 cfs and is fishing fair........It's worth a try 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 Callibaetis Mayfly is still hatching most days. The fishing has been fair to good.
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The current flow is 241 CFS. The flow has been at this level for about 5 days and the fish are well adjusted to this level. Best flies have been 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!
Fishing has been decent from a boat using Pheasant Tails, Chironomids and Hare's Ears. The streamer bite at night has been good as has skating/twitching Caddis and Stimulators under the cover of darkness,
The fishing on the Eagle is holding up for wade anglers. It's a bit low for floating. Pale Morning Duns, Yellow Sallies and Caddis are the insects of interest and the ones you want to imitate with your flies. The are still a few Drakes around but not many. That said, the fish still have a memory for them so they are worth trying.
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Gore Creek is running fairly clear (unless it rains) and is fishing well. Standard attractor nymphs and dries will do the trick.
The inlet areas (i.e. the Blue River Inlet, the Ten Mile Creek inlet and the Snake River inlet) into Dillon Lake have all slowed down now that the reservoir is at capacity. You can still catch a few fish at these inlets using attractor dries and nymphs. San Juan worms are still working some as well.
This is a great time to fish Clear Creek from Georgetown to Golden. The fish aren't terribly picky. Try using #14-#16 red Copper Johns, #14-#16 Bead Head Pheasant Tails under a #12-#14 Chubby Chernobyl or a #16 yellow Stimulator.
The Snake is running perfectly for fly fishing. Standard attractor nymphs, Eggs, San Juan Worms and smaller streamers will bring good results. In the late afternoon into the evening, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators and Parachute Adams will bring the fish to the surface.