Colorado Fishing Report

May 27th, 2016

The Colorado Angler Fly Fishing Report

 

Plan your next fishing trip knowing you’ll arrive without any surprises. Our professional fishing reports are updated weekly with stream and river flows, recommended flies, equipment, and special fishing tips for the most important fly-fishing destinations in Colorado. To see a detailed fishing report for a specific river, simply scroll below to read more specific information on a particular stretch of river. Make sure to check those out for your river of interest, as they will be able to answer questions pertaining to hatches and flies.

Understanding how fisheries change during the year, as well as how to approach them is key to growing an angler’s skill set. We hope you use this invaluable information to your advantage. Please feel free to call us at The Colorado Angler, at any time to discuss any questions and concerns you may have about the current conditions. Or stop by and see us in the Summit Place shopping center in Silverthorne, next to Blue Moon Bakery, Exit 205 on I-70, then south 1 block.

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Recent Update: May 27, 2016

 

Don’t let this morning’s weather confuse you.  This is going to be a great weekend on the water.  Not only has the cold snap from last night slowed run-off, thus improving conditions on just about every freestone river around, but the forecast for the next couple of days is warm and sunny.  By the time that impacts the snow melt again, it will be next week.

As for the Salmonfly hatch, no adults as of today.  Although it could happen at any time, it may take the warming trend of the next couple of days to get it started.  Certainly the falling water levels should help with getting water temps to rebound, as well as shorten the migration route for the nymphs.  Either way fishing on the Colorado has been solid in spite of the high water conditions.

Elsewhere, we have seen an improvement to conditions on the Arkansas above the confluence with Lake Creek, as well as the Middle Fork of the South Platte in the middle park area.  Action through Tomahawk and Badger Basin has been fairly solid on a mix of dry dropper rigs with medium to large attractors followed up with variety beaded searching nymphs and Caddis, Stonefly and Mayfly imitations.  With flows still well under 100 cfs, there is still some great pre-run-off fishing happening on the middle fork.

Detailed reports below will give more specific information on a particular stretch of river. Make sure to check those out for your river of interest, as they will be able to answer questions pertaining to hatches and flies.

Blue River Below Dillon Reservoir

Flow: 760 cfs.
Conditions: Flows this morning are stable and should stay that way through this holiday weekend.  At this time, Denver Water is trying to manage outflows from the reservoir the same as inflows.  Once the big melt above the reservoir happens they will try and capture some of that to fill the lake.  This is good news for anglers, as these are not horrible levels for fishing and clarity will remain solid throughout.  Definitely going to be sporty at this level but, there will still be good potential for action even above 1000 cfs.  Read on for how we would approach the river at these spring levels.

The Spring flush has started and the release from Dillon is starting to climb.  Although this may look fairly big to the angler that is familiar with winter flows, this is still a great level for fishing and wading.  As the water has risen (and will continue to do so) you will need to make some adjustments in order to be successful.  First, will be to your set-up.  Bump up your weight considerably from what is normal when the river runs at winter flows around 100 cfs.  Start with at least two BB to a single AAA size weights and add from there.  Don’t be afraid to add too much and have to reduce it if you hang up too often.  Generally speaking, weight is the single most common factor that separates the nymph caster from the successful nymph angler.  As well, you should be able to up your tippet size to 3 and 4x, either in mono or fluoro.  Next you need to adjust your approach to the river.  As flows start getting this high, the main channel in some runs will be getting fairly heavy.  Look for the soft water and focus your drifts there, working out into the current as fish response dictates.  With the added flow from the damn, will come additional force to pull Mysis Shrimp from the reservoir.  We like to throw larger shrimp imitations as the water gets big, size #14-18.  Fish those as part of a tandem nymph rig with San Juan Worm, Egg and small Mayfly imitations.  There have been days over the past week or so where we have seen an influence from melting snow, particularly below Straight Creek and I-70.  This will add some color to the river and can allow for some situational changes to your approach.  Most notably it will enable the increase in tippet size to try and hold onto a few more fish.  As well, look for some of the classic dirty water flies to bring some action such as: beaded searching nymphs, San Juan Worms, egg patterns and even dead drifted streamers.  Due to the stability of water temperatures coming from the dam, the time of day hasn’t mattered with regards to feeding.  That has been fairly steady throughout the day.  However, early seems to be more productive until the wade traffic on the river starts to impact fish comfort.  As well, later in the day as angler numbers dwindle the fish regain a little bit of stability and resume feeding.  Including into the evening hours.  The biggest issue for most anglers will be the potential for crowds.  As there was a small injection of hatchery fish to the river recently, certain spots have seen an explosion in angler interest.  This should only increase as run-off ramps up in the next week or so and available options on freestone rivers dwindle.  This is the point where we lobby for courtesy and etiquette to win out over self interest and ego.  Be patient and show your fellow angler a little courtesy by not crowding into water that may not support more than one angler.  Take a look up or downstream and come back to that spot later in the day.  If you do happen upon one of those runs where the new arrivals are congregating, fishing has been pretty ridiculous.

 

Town Flies: Stalcup’s Mysis, BTS Mysis or any other Mysis that you like, Flossy Worn, Bacon and Eggs, Gummy Worms, Sparkle Worms, Desert Storm, Rainbow Warrior, Black Beauty, Brassie, UV Emerger, Biot Midge, Lil Spanker, Tungsten Psycho May-Black, Kingery’s Cap’n Hook, Rojo Midge, Tube Midge – Black or Red, RS-2 – Black or Dun, WD40 – Black or Chocolate, Two Bit Hooker, Zebra Midge, Otter Soft Milking Egg, Bead Eggs, Wooly Bugger Black or Olive, Pat’s Rubber Legs, . And work in a streamer every once in a while, as well. Often over looked but, randomly deadly.


Blue River Below Green Mountain

Flow: 806 cfs.
Conditions:  Big jump up in flows being released from the dam.  At these levels, wading will be far more restricted, as it is no longer possible to wade across the river.  Focus you efforts on the available soft water that you can reach.  Most of this will be along the bank adjacent to riffles and eddies, as well as some pocket water around larger rocks.  Nymphing will offer the most productive method for the time being, until temperatures warm up and ignite early season hatches.  Tandem rigs with a large Stonefly or beaded searching pattern followed with a mix of mid-sized Mayfly, Stone, Caddis of egg pattern should do the trick.  Baetis had been emerging prior to the increase and imitations for those may continue to work, as well as the usual high water favorites like San Juan Worm patterns.  As with all big water options, make sure to bump your weight up enough to counter the increase in flow.  Some of the quiet water lies available now aren’t very large so, it will be important to get your flies down immediately.  There won’t be the long consistent drift of a late summer run, where you have time for your flies to descend over a 40 foot distance.  In a word you need to cannonball it.  Bump tippet size up to 3 and 4x, as clarity will now allow for that and you’ll need the extra strength to hold onto anything that you hook.  These levels are once again high enough to float and we expect that to pick up in popularity over the next couple of weeks.  If you go, know where you’re at and stay legal.

 

Flies: Big bead heads: Tungsten Split Case Green Drake, Hare’s Ear, Tungteaser, Pheasant Tail, Stubby Stone, Twenty Incher, Rubberlegs, Psycho Prince, Mr Peacock Ice, Flossy Worm. The Smaller Stuff: RS-2, Tung Psycho May, Split Case BWO, Barr’s BWO, Juju Baetis, Zebra Midge, Poison Tung, Winter Baetis, Black Beauty, Rojo Midge, Rainbow Warrior, Big Spanker, Otter Egg.

Floaters should note: The river volume on this stretch of water can change on an infrequent schedule and often. It is important to know the flow before you launch and make an honest assessment of your ability and watercraft capability. Please respect private property rights along the river. At 1,500 cfs the bridges are impassable. Under 500 become questionable for clearance of certain boats.


Colorado River Above Kremmling (Parshall)

Flow: 1500 cfs.
Conditions: A noticeable drop in flows over the past few days.  This surely won’t last as run-off has yet to really hit it’s stride but, for the time being this is a great development for the fishing here.  At this flow the river will still be full bank-to-bank, even spilling out into the willows in some spots.  However, clarity is much improved with around 2 feet visibility, resulting in better success now that trout can actually see what you are throwing.  Continue to focus on the sheltered lies and quiet water adjacent to seams, banks and structure.  Even with the improved clarity you can still run 3 and 4x tippet due to the volume of water in the river.  For most anglers, nymph rigs will be your best option.  However, there are some people that favor a dry dropper in a nymph situation and that has been working, as long as you have a beefy enough dry to hold up the weight of these larger nymphs.  Anchor either of those different approaches with a larger Stonefly, San Juan Worm or beaded searching pattern, followed up with a medium sized Mayfly, Stonefly or Midge imitation with a little flash to it.  Although the water temperatures have dropped considerably, there may be enough of a rebound to continue to drive some minor Midge and Baetis hatches.  Don’t forget about the water above Parshal either. It will still be high but, it is above the confluence with the Willie’s and should be almost 300 cfs lower flow.

 

Flies: Pat’s Rubber Legs, Kaufman Stone, Hurless Stone Nymph,Flossy Worm,Gummy Worm, Bacon and Eggs, Bead Prince, Psycho Prince, Hammerhead Nymph, Barr’s Emerger, Magic Fly, Lil Spanker, Tungsten Hackled, RS-2, WD40, Tube Midge, Zebra Midge, Noon Midge, Pure Midge Larva-Pale Olive, Brassie, Buckskin #18-20, Pheasant Tail #18-22, Black Copper John #20-22, Small Prince Nymphs, Black Pheasant Tail, Tung Psycho May, Split Case BWO, Tungsten Micro Mayfly, Winger Parachute BWO, CDC Dun BWO, No Hackle Baetis, Parachute Adams, CDC Comparadun Baetis


Colorado River Pumphouse to Dotsero

Flow: 2860 cfs. @ Pumphouse
Conditions:  Big improvement here over the past few days as cold weather has put the brakes on snow melt and river levels have receded.  Do not confuse this with run-off being over.  This is just a temporary pause to what is sure to be some much larger flows over the next month.  So, take advantage of this positive development while it lasts.  Flows have dropped almost 25% from last weekend and clarity is on the mend.  It may not look like it from a distance but, if you stand in the water in a slow spot along the bank you may actually have 12-20 inches at times.  More than enough for good fishing.   Focus on the quiet water along the edges and inside of bends in the river, as well as bank side pockets.  Best results have been on tandem nymph rigs with a mix of Stonefly, Baetis and beaded searching patterns.  Salmonfly nymphs are migrating towards the bank and getting dislodged by the higher flows as they do, offering an easy meal to fish aware of the coming emergence.  Given the proximity of the nymphs to the bank and their development, we expect that hatch to begin in the next week.  With the drop in flows and a forecast calling for warming temps this might just be what it takes to spur the hatch.  Streamers also continue to be somewhat productive, with cloudy days being a little more consistent.  Although there have been some Baetis still lingering around and early signs of the Caddis hatch starting to show, the dry fly activity had been pretty marginal during the day but, there have been some evenings with inconsistent dry fly action just before dark.  If you are floating, be familiar with the section you are running and the hazards at this level.

TIPS FOR FISHING THROUGH RUN-OFF: Although conditions may look bleak from day-to-day, overall fishing is not done here for run-off. Rather, it will continue to offer some potential throughout the spring.  You just need to know what to expect and how to approach a day on the water until things begin to subside.  First, be flexible.  Don’t hit the river with any one idea on what you will find or what flies you will fish.  If it is full of floating debris, that is a sign of a recent jump in flows and may be too unstable for finding feeding fish.  However, once a rise in flows levels off for a day or two, visibility should improve to some degree and may offer a decent chance.  It is not how big the flow is but, rather how recently it got there.  Second, be aware of the changing nature of the river as it climbs.  Where is the structure, the quiet water, the sheltering lies.  Look for where fish will be able to find a place to post up, out of the current and conserve energy in between feeding.  Read the water and adjust your target areas accordingly.  The fish are not going to be hanging in the same spots that are favorable at mid-summer flows of 1,800 cfs. As well, as the water climbs up into the 4,000 to 5,000 cfs levels it will cover a lot of things that are normally visible.  Willows, rocks, stumps, the trail.  Be prepared to lose some flies.  A lot of flies.  The flip side to this is that big flows allow for big tippet, which should help save some flies. 2 to 3x for lead flies with maybe 4x for the dropper.

 

Flies: Pat’s Rubber Legs, Mr Rubberlegs Brown, Hurless Nymph, BH Hares Ear, BH Prince, BH Prince, BH Pheasant Tail, Tung Psycho Baetis, Lil Spanker, Big Spanker, Duracell Jig, Hammerhead Jig, Psycho Prince, Eggs, Zebra Midge, Blood Midge, 5-0 Midge, Pheasant Tail etc


Colorado Below Glenwood Springs

Flow: 8730 cfs.
Conditions:  As of this morning it is mud.  We’ll keep you posted on when it clears.  If that happen, then the information below applies.

Flexibility is the name of the game when looking to fish this stretch of the river in spring.  Clarity can be hit or miss due to the fact that so many feeder streams drain into it up river.  As well, with being this far down the drainage and collecting so many tributaries, there is always a little more color to the river down this way.  With that in mind there is a simple rule of thumb to follow when assessing if the clarity is adequate for a day on the water: Green is good, Brown is down.  Generally speaking, that will be the key.  At this time of the year it will be very day-to-day based on how much upstream run-off has made it’s way down and how long it takes to pass through.  If you head this way to fish be prepared for either scenario when you get there and always have a back up plan.  Fortunately, with the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan right up stream, there should be an option if you show up on one of those “Brown” days.  It is big water and wading can be a tough endeavor the first time or two but, once you get dialed in on where to access and where the fish are holding, results can be solid.  This stretch consistently produces some of the nicest Rainbows on the Colorado River.  Tandem nymph rigs with a mix of Baetis and Caddis imitations trailed behind mid-sized beaded searching patterns – like Tungteasers, Pheasant Tails, Hare’s Ears etc- can be productive. (Along with a standard Spaghetti and Meatball rig.) Good numbers of Caddis have started to get active and drive feeding patterns.  With the color of the water here being generally less clear than upstream, tippet size jumps up to 3 and 4x.  Focus on the slower water just off of the deeper seams early, then move to the seams adjacent the current and deep pockets as the day warms up.  As with all spring nymphing, make sure to have enough weight on to get you down to where the fish are sheltering.  If you don’t tap the bottom every 4 to 6 drifts, make an adjustment to either your weight, depth or both.  Not only is this a good wade fishing destination, there is plenty of open water for float fishing, as well.

 

Flies: Mr Peacock Ice, Pat’s Rubber Legs, Tungteaser, Bead Prince, Hot Wire Prince, Twenty Incher, Tungsten Pheasant Tail, Bead Hares Ear, San Juan Worm patterns, Zebra Midge, Lil Spanker, Tung Psycho May, Big Spanker, Rainbow Warrior, Magic Fly, RS-2, Bead Eggs, Otter Egg, Flossy Worm


 

Arkansas River Above Buena Vista

Flow: 660 cfs. @ Granite.
Conditions: The river is wide open and in relatively great shape, as run-off has not yet blown out in the higher elevations. Water temps are still a little low so, look for spring hatches of Midges and Baetis to still be the primary food choices in the near future. (Generally speaking the famous Mother’s Day Caddis hatch doesn’t materialize above BV due to run-off changing conditions just as it is about to emerge.) Action has been good through the Granite area on down to BV on small Stonefly, Baetis, and beaded searching nymphs fished as a two nymph rig. Good hatches of Baetis have been offering periods of BWO dry fly activity, particularly on cloudy afternoons. While the upper stretches through Hayden have seen fair results on dry dropper rigs and streamers. With all of the focus on the Caddis downstream, the upper valley still provides a little solitude for some early season fishing.

 

Flies: Rainbow Warrior, Brassie, Zebra, Midge, Tung Psycho May, Lil Spanker, Big Spanker, Two bit Hooker, Tungsten Psycho May, Beaded Hares Ear, Hot Wire Prince, Beaded Pheasant Tail, Copper John, CDC Hares Ear, Twenty Incher, Mr Peacock, Flossy Worm, Silver Bullet, Slumpbuster, Sparkle Minnow.


Arkansas River Salida Area

Flow: 1050 cfs. @ Salida
Conditions: Stream flows have come up this week but, conditions remain solid, as the majority of that water is from upstream dam releases. There will brief periods of stained water as rising water will carry with it some additional debris and sediment from what has been previously dry river bed but, those shouldn’t last long. Baetis continue to hatch above Salida through Brown’s Canyon, with sparse Caddis still lingering below town. That will be waning as water levels start to come up, changing water temps and the hatch fizzles. As well, Craneflies continue to be hatching and are an additional offering for hungry trout. Look for random splashy rises along the bank late morning into early afternoon to be an indicator of that activity. Nymphing remains solid on a good mix of Caddis, Baetis, Golden Stonefly and Crane fly patterns. Stomach pumps have revealed an equal amount of interest for all of these, as well as for Brown trout fry, which are plentiful right now. As a result the streamer fishing has been as consistent as any method on the river right now. As stream flows continue to rise wade fishing will become limited in some areas, preventing crossing. However, focus along the edge water now as there will be plenty of sheltering and feeding lies there, with fish moving out towards the bank away from the heavier flows of the main channel. With the current water level and clarity you should be able to get away with 3 and 4x.

 

Flies: Beadhead Pheasant Tail, Beadhead Prince, Beadhead Hare’s Ear, Red or Chartreuse Copper John, Hot Wire Prince, Tungteaser, Tungstone, Biot Epoxyback Stone, Iron Sally, Psycho Prince, Duracell Jig, Zebra Midge, Poison Tung, Rainbow Warrior, Brassie, Lil Spanker, Big Spanker, Micro Mayfly, Split Case BWO, Magic Fly, Winger Parachute BWO, CDC BWO Dun, Comparadun Baetis, CDC Comparadun BWO, Mole Fly, Silver Bullet, Sculpzilla, Slumpbuster, Olive/Black Wooly Bugger, Kreelox


Roaring Fork River at Glenwood Springs

Flow: 2400 cfs.
Conditions:  Clarity will be day-to-day depending on weather and the snow melt/rain that ebbs and flows.  When it is clear enough to fish, some of the best spring freestone fishing going right now.  Baetis have come on strong and are moving up the river from Glenwood to Carbondale in good numbers but, there are also pockets of them up to Basalt, as well.  Mid-day has been most productive with tandem nymph rigs, using 3-4x tippet.  As is typical with most freestones at this time of year, Caddis, Baetis and Stones will comprise the majority of the activity but, we have been seeing some decent results on medium to larger searching nymphs, along with some Streamer patterns.  With that in mind, anchor your set-up with one of those larger bugs and trail the Baetis and Caddis stuff behind.  Early in the day look for fish to be sheltered in the quiet water with little to no current.  As the day warms and the sun hits the water look for fish to move to the slower water just off of seams and towards the tails of runs.  Once there are drifting nymphs those fish may move up towards the middle and even head of the run to feed on those active bugs.

 

Flies: Twenty Incher #12-14, Tungteaser #12-14, Beaded Pheasant Tail #12-14, Pat’s Rubber Legs #8-10, Beaded Hares Ear #12-14, CDC Prince #12-16, Hot Wire Prince #12-16, Standard Pheasant Tail #18-20, Tung Psycho May, Rainbow Warrior Black or Red, Juju Baetis, Lil Spanker, Big Spanker, Duracell Jig, Root Beer Float, Biot Midge, Zebra Midge, RS2, Tung Psycho May


South Platte River, Middle Fork

Flow: 70 +/- cfs.
Conditions: Good pre-run-off flows and clarity.  Action has been solid on both dry dropper and straight dry fly set-ups.  Any mix of attractors and small terrestrials trailing beaded nymphs for Caddis, Stones and Mayflies should do the trick.  As well, mid-sized attractors followed up with a parachute Mayfly or small terrestrial have also been working for those anglers looking for an early season dry fly fix.  As is always a good approach to this part of the river, we like to fish up stream using either of those techniques and then work a streamer rig as we fish our way back down.

 

Flies: Chubby Chernobyl, Twisted X, Amy’s Ant, Mini Foamulator, Stimulator, Hippie Stomper, Parawulff, Parachute Adams, Royal Teaser, Beaded Prince, Duracell Jig, Hammerhead Jig, Red Collar PT, Beaded Pheasant Tail, Iron Sally, Tungsten Yellow Sally, Big Spanker.


South Platte, Dream Stream

Flow: 70 cfs.
Conditions: Some good reports coming in from the “Dream” at the moment. Yes, those 11 mile spawn-run fish have started to move up the river and as a result, crowds are thick. Flows remain on the low side although, not unmanageable. Combine that with the clarity and you have some spooky fish. We recommend 6-7x tippet and a light footed approach. Try not to wade if you can avoid it, as the less time in the water the less likely you are to alert the fish to something that is suspect in their environment. This time of year can see a wide range of productive patterns, as there is decent aquatic insect activity with Midges and Baetis, along with an increase in interest to spawn imitations.

 

Flies: Loop Wing Emerger, Pure Midge Larva Black or Pale Olive, Black, Red, Chartreuse Copper John, Juju Baetis, Buckskin, Caddis Larva, Hunchback Scud, Poxybiot Nymph, Desert Storm Chartreuse, Tube Midge, Poison Tung, Zebra Midge Black/Silver, Barr’s Emerger BWO, RS2, Poxybiot Nymph, Egg Patterns, Cap’n Hook, Disco Midge, San Juan Work variations


Williams Fork River Below Dam

Flow: 318 cfs
Conditions: Releases from the Dam are on the way up.  This will make for some very sporty wading but, once the debris from what was dry river bed is flushed through in a couple of hours should be good clarity.  Look for nymphing to be the best approach.  Tandem rigs with a mix of Baetis, Caddis and small Stonefly patterns along with San Juan Worm and Egg patterns.  Bump up tippet to 3,4 and 5x along with a good amount of weight.  This will be a swift flow for the size of river that this is.  If you are familiar with fishing this river at it’s mid-summer and fall/winter flows, the amount of weight needed will be substantial compared to that.  Experiment with that weight until you are coming in contact with the bottom every few casts and adjust your depth to keep your flies fight down close to the bottom where fish may be sheltering.

Flies: Poxy Biot Nymph, Buckskin, Flossy Worm, Little Brown Bug, Two Bit Hooker, Flash Back Pheasant Tail, Split Case BWO, Big Bear Baetis, Tungsten Psycho May BWO, Pure Midge Larva, Rainbow Warrior, Rojo Midge, Biot mayfly Emerger, #20-22 Green Copper John, Zebra Midge, RS2’s, 5-0 Midge, UV Emerger


Eagle River

Flow: 1330 cfs below Edwards
Conditions:  Run-off is starting to make an impact along the Eagle.  With clarity below Milk Creek downstream from Wolcott dirty.  Above that point, there still continues to be windows of opportunity but, those are smaller and shorter lived than just last week.  High flows will limit access and color will be suspect for the next couple of weeks.  If you can find one of those narrow windows to fish, nymphing has been the most productive method, with a good mix of Stonefly, Baetis, searching nymphs and Egg patters, as well as a few Midge and Caddis imitations at times. Clarity has been a little unstable as we mentioned but, the positive of that is the lack of needing to drop too light for tippet.  3 and4x has covered any situation we have encountered over the past several weeks.   Focus your efforts on the slower deeper runs early in the day, then as the temperature warms over the day look for fish to move up towards the bottom of riffles and fast water to feed on drifting nymphs.  Once flows peak and start to come down, the river will clear quickly.  Although it may still be very high, there will be some good action to be had for advanced anglers that are familiar with high water techniques. Keep an eye on this report and we’ll let you know when that happens.

 

Flies: Pat’s Rubber Legs, Tungteaser, Bead Head Hare’s Ear, Psycho Prince, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Buckskin Caddis, Lil Spanker, Big Spanker, Root Beer Float, Tung Psycho May, RS-2, Zebra Midge, Standard Pheasant Tail 18-22, G6 Caddis, Lite Bright Caddis, Tube Midge, Desert Storm, Barr’s Emerger, Juju stuff.


Spinney Mountain Reservoir

Conditions: Ice is gone and the lake is open. Action has been fair to good depending on the day and weather. We like to fish the main body of the lake adjacent to the weed beds with either a static nymph rig or a slow retrieve streamer/damsel set up. For the nymph rigs a 2 or even 3 fly set up works with a mix of Chironomid, Calibaetis and Midge imitations, as well as some beaded searching patterns such as mid-sized Copper Johns, Hares Ears and Pheasant Tails. By running a multi-fly set up you can cover a good range of depths (for example top nymph at 4 feet, middle fly at 5 and 1/2 and bottom at 7) and see if there is a pattern to what depth is working, as well as which particular fly. This will change over the course of the day so, don’t get stuck at one depth for the entire day. As action slows make sure to continue to experiment with that depth of your indicator. The other tactic that can work early in the season right after the lake opens is to fish along the Dam with egg patterns for fish that are cruising in a spawn type behavior.

Flies: Chartreuse Copper John, Bead Pheasant Tail, Bead Hares Ear, Flash Back Hares Ear, Jumbo Juju, Rojo Grande, Yankee Buzzer, Zebra Midge, Skinny Nelson, Gaviglio’s Calibaetis Nymph, Eggs, Rapunzel, Hale Bopp Leech, Mohair Leech


Delaney Buttes Lakes

Conditions: Ice is off and it is starting to pick up along the shore and fish are cruising feeding on Eggs, and Midge/Chironomid type patterns. Should start to pick up along the weed beds now that the sun has started to warm water temps up a little. Look for Midges to be active over the next several weeks and then Calibaetis just about the time that rivers are hitting peak run-off and you need a alternative to moving water.

Flies: Eggs, Rojo Grande, Jumbo Juju, Zebra, Skinny Nelson, CDC Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, Gaviglio’s Calibaetis, Duracell Jig, Hammerhead Jig etc


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