The Colorado Angler Fishing Report – May 18, 2017

May 19th, 2017

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: Thursday May 18, 2017

 

Spring time here in the Colorado does have a way of keeping you on your toes.  This latest storm that is camped out right over the central mountains is doing just that.  Although it can make for tough travel to and from the river, it is actually providing a momentary respite from the early stages of run-off and stabilizing conditions on many local streams.  Most locations have seen a plateauing of flows, the Colorado at Pumphouse, with plenty of others a noticeable decline, the entire Eagle basin.  This is a good time to take advantage of this short lived phenomenon and get out on the water.

As these flows stabilize, or even drop clarity will improve just enough to spur fish to increase their feeding before the inevitable dirty water returns.  Dropping water temps will also play into the equation and Baetis should once again drive a good chunk of the action on rivers such as the Eagle, Colorado, Arkansas and Roaring Fork.   With a continuation of the cold and snow through Friday, look for this to last maybe through Sunday at some locations.  And after that we should still see some rivers maintain for a little while longer.

And the obvious winner in all of this is the fish.  Prior to this storm, snow-pack levels across most of our range had been hovering right about historic averages.  This should give us a nice boost, not only by adding some to it but, also by stalling the melt for the time being.  Prolonging the melt and hopefully providing healthy stream flows through the entire season.

Detail 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: 205 cfs.
Conditions: Flows from the dam have started to step up as Denver Water is trying to match outflow from the dam to inflow into the reservoir.  Although this will be tempered in the short run by the spring storm this week, we expect those inflows to jump again once the sun returns.  Thus necessitating the need to raise the outflow further.  In conversations with the good folks at Denver, it looks like that could be somewhere in the 350 cfs neighborhood.  All of this is great news for the Blue, as higher flows tend to ignite the fishing in town, including an increase in the presence of Mysis Shrimp.  As it stands now, action has been fairly solid on a mix of the usual tailwater patterns: Mysis, Midges, Eggs and Worms.  For those midges, Black, Red and shades of Brown have been solid along with some flashier colors producing at times.  Tandem nymph rigs with or without an indicator have been best.  Weight is always an overlooked but important factor in setting those rigs properly.  Now with the bump in flows and more to come, it is even more critical.  Still one of the greatest factors separating nymph fishermen from successful nymph fishermen is misreading the amount of weight for the situation.  Try at least a BB size split shot to help your rig get down; be prepared to add more in some situations.  As the flow continues to climb, the need for the ultra fine tippet will ease and most days 5x has been sufficient.  Traffic has been up and down lately, as the shoulder season has fewer people around but, the lure of recently planted brood fish certainly continues to draw people to town.  There may still be the opportunity to throw dries here in town, if you are committed to that sort of thing. However, it is not likely to be wide spread.  If you happen upon rising fish, emergent Midge imitations in Black, Grey and Chocolate have worked for us, as well as really small parachute Mayfly imitations.  By small, we mean 24-30.

 

Town Flies: Flossy Worm, Red Neck Midge, Glassy Brassie, Mirage Zebra Midge, Desert Storm, Rainbow Warrior, Black Beauty, Brassie, UV Emerger, Biot Midge, Lil Spanker, Tungsten Psycho May-Black, 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, Parachute Adams #26, Sprout Midge #26. And work in a streamer every once in a while, as well. Often over looked but, randomly deadly.


Blue River Below Green Mountain

Flow: 325 +/- cfs.
Conditions: A jump in flows here to match the spike from Dillon has been mostly met with positive reviews.  This has been good in more ways than one.  The added flow helps to spread the fish out a little better into all water types, it has also helped to cloak angler presence a little better and it has provided better conditions to increase your tippet size slightly.  While at the same time, it should not be too high of a flow to prevent most solid waders from crossing to the far side, thus keeping downstream access available.  Look for nymphing to continue to be the most consistent approach throughout the day but, the inclement weather pattern we are in should provide for solid dry fly potential as Baetis and Midges have been hatching over the past couple of weeks.  With the cloud cover, fish will be far less sensitive in the clear tailwater flows than the bright sunshine that had dominated the past couple of months.  A moderately stealthy approach may still be necessary but, we anticipate fish looking up for emerging adults.  Although Baetis and Midge larva and pupa imitations will be the most productive nymph patterns to throw, there can also be some decent action at times on a multitude of nymphs due to the diverse food supply here.  Typically, we would rig up with either a Midge or Baetis as the trailing fly and in front of that run anything from a Stonefly, to a Baetis, or a Drake or searching nymph imitation.  Even though those larger bugs may not be hatching at this time of year, their nymphs are in the river and may be migrating, molting or become dislodged and end up drifting and available.  At this time of year look for fish to start moving into slightly more aggressive currents beneficial for increased feeding.  As such, start to look for fish in riffles and pockets along with head of runs. Your tippet size should be anywhere from 4 to 6x and make sure to use enough weight to get it down to those fish holding tight to the bottom.  As the days are getting longer and sun is returning to this canyon, temperatures have become more tolerable but, it still can be a little cooler here than on some other rivers.  Make sure to bring an extra layer.  And definitely be careful on the climb down to the river from the parking lot, nothing ruins a day like doing the “slide for life” into the river before you even wet your line.

 

Flies: Big bead heads: Deep Dish Green Drake, Hare’s Ear, Tungteaser, Pheasant Tail, Stubby Stone, Twenty Incher, Rubberlegs, Psycho Prince, Green Drake Nymph, Duracell Jig, Flossy Worm. The Smaller Stuff: Aero Baetis, RS-2, Tung Psycho May, Split Case BWO, Barr’s BWO, Lil Spanker, Big Spanker, Juju Baetis, Red Neck Midge, Tube Midge, Biot Pupa, Mirage Zebra,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: 910 cfs.
Conditions:  Flows have stepped up significantly over the past couple of weeks and are now at a very nice level that allows for a wide distribution of fish across the river.  That is still a process which is taking place as water temps continue to climb but, as warm afternoons create some hatching Baetis we should see fish expanding their range and sheltering lies.  The Breeze Unit/Kids Pond/Parshall hole tend to get the majority of attention through the winter due to their proximity to the tailwater and subsequent open water but, now that spring is here, there are some great early season opportunities just downstream at Sunset and Reeder Creek.  As with most of our action right now, nymphing will be the most consistent approach using a tandem rig under an indicator.  However, committed dry fly anglers should still be able to find a riser here and there with the increase in insect activity and onset of cloudier weather.  That will be Midges in the morning, followed with an increasing Baetis emergence in the afternoon.  As for the nymphing, while you should focus on Baetis and Midge larva and pupa imitations, there can also be some success on small searching nymphs such as Pheasant Tails and Copper Johns, as well as Stonefly imitations and Egg patterns.  As the flow has risen, clarity has diminished slightly but, not to your detriment.  Visibility will range from 1 to 3 1/2 feet most days, which is more than enough to be successful, and allows for tippet in the 3 to 5x.  Don’t overlook the importance of using enough weight.  Make sure to have enough to get your flies down to the depths where fish will be sheltering to conserve energy.

 

Flies: Pat’s Rubber Legs, Hurless Stone Nymph, Flossy Worm, CDC Pheasant Tail, Bead Prince, Psycho Prince, Hammerhead Nymph, Lil Spanker, Tungsten Hackled, Buckskin #16-20, Pheasant Tail #14-22, Black Copper John #20-22, Small Prince Nymphs, Black Pheasant Tail, Tung Psycho May, Split Case BWO, Tungsten Micro Mayfly Brown, Tungsten Juju Baetis, Aero Baetis, Root Beer Float, Zebra Midge, Red Neck Midge, Biot Midge, 5-0 Midge, WD40, Pure Midge Larva


Colorado River Pumphouse to Dotsero

Flow: 2,080 cfs. @ Pumphouse  2,400 cfs @ State Bridge
Conditions:  The river here has moved into an early run-off state, with diminished clarity and increased volume.  However, that is not to say that the river is unfish-able. Rather, it is day-to-day.  We actually like this type of condition for a couple of reasons.  One, it doesn’t look good to the uninitiated: it’s big, it’s dirty and a little bit intimidating.  Two, it’s not a gimme: you gotta work at it a little harder.  But that’s what fishing is all about, the uncertainty of it all.  Clarity at the moment has been fluctuating from 2 inches to about 18 inches, with the norm settling in at about a foot lately.  It might not be ideal but, there are plenty of good sheltering lies where that is more than enough for trout to see your offering.  That offering needs to be anchored with your favorite Salmonfly imitation, as the hatch is approaching fast.  Nymphs are making their migration to the bank and should make their emergence in the next week or two.  A lot of fish that have been caught have been gorged on Pteronarcys nymphs to the point of being overstuffed, often regurgitating bugs into your hand.  Along with that, there are two other major players in the insect activity right now, and it all depends on the weather.  During the cool and overcast/wet days, that will be Baetis, while on the sunny and warm days it will be Caddis.    Both of these hatches have provided plenty of dry fly opportunities over the past few weeks, enough to make it worth having a dry fly rod with you while on the river.  However, nymphing has been the most consistent approach for a multitude of reasons, none the least of which has been the wind lately.  Either as a traditional tandem nymph rig under an indicator, or as a dry-dropper set up.  Anchor your set up with a Stonefly imitation followed with a Baetis, Caddis, or beaded searching pattern underneath.

Floating Tip:  As river levels come up, please proceed with caution.  Lateral waves, standing waves and wave trains all become more prevalent in the canyon stretches and swamping of drift boats or flipping rafts becomes a real possibility.  If you are unfamiliar with the river at higher levels ask someone that is familiar with it about what to expect.  And by all means, wear your PFD.  Cold water and swift currents can neutralize your amazing swimming ability.  There’s nothing cool about drowning.

 

Flies: Parachute Extended Body BWO, Winger Parachute, Twinkling Gulpher, GT Adult BWO,Lil Spanker, Juju Baetis, Split Case BWO, Mayfly Micro, Root-beer Float, Two Bit Hooker, Zebra Midge, Glassy Brassie, Black Mirage, RS2, Redneck Midge, Blood Midge, Black Copper John, Pat’s Rubber Legs, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Duracell, San Juan Worm, Huevos


Colorado Below Glenwood Springs

Flow: 6,990 cfs.
Conditions: Starting to become a low percentage option now that run-off is beginning to impact most of the tributaries up basin.  Not only the main line of the Colorado but, add in the Eagle and Roaring Fork and clarity becomes limiting.  If you are in the neighborhood and you happen find clarity agreeable that day, then give it a go but, we wouldn’t recommend a trip to the lower river specifically to fish it alone.  If you are not used to fishing water that carries a certain amount of color to it, here is a good general rule for the lower river: Green is good, brown is down. Whether it’s a foot, or four of visibility, as long as it has a greenish tint to it, you should be able to find feeding fish.  With that being the case, take advantage of the situation to bump up your tippet size to 3 or 4x to give you a little edge in landing what you are able to hook.  This stretch consistently produces some of the nicest Rainbows on the Colorado River and late winter to late spring is a great time to get out and explore this overlooked location.

Flies: Pat’s Rubber Legs, Tungteaser, Bead Prince, Twenty Incher, Iron sally, Tungstone, Delektable Bug-Golden or Brown, Duracell Jig, Tungsten Pheasant Tail, Bead Hares Ear, San Juan Worm patterns, 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: 829 cfs. @ Granite  315 @Hayden Meadows
Conditions: River levels are on the rise and at a fairly quick rate, particularly as you move downstream below the confluence with Lake Creek at Balltown.  Although it is still fish-able through the Granite State Wildlife water, it will be getting swift.  Look for edge water, ledges below riffles, eddy lines and large pockets close to the banks.  Best action will be on nymph rigs with a mix of Stonefly, beaded searching patterns, Caddis and Baetis imitations.  Baetis should be starting to add to the mix of what had been primarily midges this spring.  As well, streamers may help you cover some of that expanding range of water as flows come up.  In the upper reaches, primarily through Hayden and Kobe, look for action to be increasing as the days are getting longer and water temps rising.  Actual aquatic insect activity will still be comprised mostly of Midge and Baetis but, we like to fish a tandem nymph rig and mix in beaded Stonefly and searching nymph patterns with those Midge and Baetis imitations.   Flows are on the rise here as well but, they will be considerably lower than below the confluence with Lake Creek.  As well, look for the areas through Hayden where there are braids that will help fan out the increased flows and provide holding water for trout.  And take into account where you are fishing when planning to hit this stretch of the Ark, no need to rush out there at the crack of dawn.  Wait until mid-morning and fish the warmest part of the day.  Remember these areas are at or near 10,000′, make sure you have the proper attire and equipment for the cold weather in case a spring storm blows in.

 

Flies: Aero Baetis, Tung Psycho May, Juju Baetis, Poison Tung, Pure Midge Larva, Red Neck Midge, Biot Pupa, Mirage Zebra Midge, Duracell, Copper John, BH Pheasant Tail, BH Hare’s Ear, Lil Spanker, Hot Wire Prince, Psycho Prince, Yeager’s Soft Hackle J, Iron Sally, Hammerhead Jig, Flossy Worm, Silver Bullet, Sparkle Minnow.


Arkansas River Salida Area

Flow: 1150 cfs. @ Salida
Conditions: Rising flows and fluctuating clarity have made the Ark in the middle and lower parts of the basin a little less stable.  With the changing weather we have seen an up and down to the river with regards to quality, as well.  In particular the lower you go the cloudier the water can be.  We have found that dividing line to be Salida, with a plus or minus of a couple miles on any give day.  Keep that in mind if you are headed that way and be prepared to adjust your access point accordingly.  It is also a good plan to be prepared to throw Caddis and/or Baetis on a given day.  Nymphing has been most consistent every day but, on those days when conditions are right, we have found success on Baetis, Caddis and attractor dries.  Start your day off with a tandem nymph rig using a mix of Stonefly, Baetis, Caddis and beaded searching nymphs, then make the switch over to dries if you find fish looking up.  The majority of the Caddis hatch has wrapped up in the lower river and now that upstream releases have increased, water temps are dropping and may not rebound enough again to continue that emergence.  However, with the lower temperatures and overcast skies there will still be periods of Baetis.  At this point of the spring we like to fish the Ark with a dry dropper set up using a mid to larger sized attractor or terrestrial and hang a mix of those nymph imitations underneath.  As the water rises it will push fish towards the edges and that will be great for wading and floating anglers alike.  While some rivers may be limited for public access, the Ark offers dozens of miles of public wade and float access at this time of year.

 

Flies: Beadhead Pheasant Tail, Beadhead Prince, Beadhead Hare’s Ear, Red or Chartreuse Copper John, Hot Wire Prince, Iron Sallie, Psycho Prince, Hammerhead, Duracell Jig, Barr’s Emerger, Juju Baetis, Tungsten Psycho May BWO, G6 Caddis, Yeager’s Soft Hackle, OCD Caddis, Para Winger BWO, Extended Body Para BWO, Caddis Dries, Hippie Stomper, Zebra Midge, Poison Tung, Rainbow Warrior, Poison Tung, Brassie, Lil Spanker, Big Spanker, Mirage Midge, Red Neck Midge, Biot Pupa Midge


Roaring Fork River at Glenwood Springs

Flow: 2110 cfs.
Conditions:  Starting to see an impact from the warm temperatures over the past couple of weeks, as the Crystal is adding a good bit of color at times and flows are getting pretty large. However, there is still some action to be found.  Both in the lower valley, where clarity may be suspect at times, as well as the upper river where things still have the appearance of a productive trout stream.  As with the lower Colorado, the tint of the color of the river is the key, with the greener shades being generally productive and the brownish colors being less.  Spring fishing on the Fork has been very good the past few weeks, with Midges and a Baetis emergence offering plenty of food for hungry trout coming out of the winter. Add to that the start of the spring Caddis hatch and things look to get down right awesome on the Fork over the next few days.  Nymphing has been consistent all day long and offers the best chance for success day in and day out.  But, there are some robust sized BWOs coming off in the early afternoon, while the Caddis will be later in the afternoon as water temperatures will need a little more time to reach optimum levels to spur that emergence.  Late morning to late-afternoon will be most productive once the water has a chance to rebound from overnight lows, with a little bit of sun on the water being a positive scenario.  The public water through Glenwood will enjoy the warmer temps on the river but, don’t overlook the access up in Basalt where tailwater flows from the Frying Pan can give a little shot of life to the river up valley, not to mention the cleaner water.

 

Flies: Midge Emergers, UV Emerger, Tungteaser, Beaded Pheasant Tail, Pat’s Rubber Legs #8-10, Psycho Prince, Tungsten Yellow Sally, Tungstone, CDC Prince, Hot Wire Prince, Standard Pheasant Tail, Tung Psycho May, Split Case BWO, RS2, Frenchie, Lil Spanker, Big Spanker, Duracell Jig, Root Beer Float, Foam Wing RS2, G6 Caddis, Yeager’s Soft Hackle, Winger Para BWO, Christian’s GT BWO, Brooks Sprout BWO, Sparkle Bug, Elk Hair Caddis


South Platte River, Middle Fork

Flow: 100 +/- cfs.
Conditions: Starting to open up and offer pockets of decent action. Although, this is still a higher elevation than you think and water temperatures are on the low side. Focus on the deeper lies that offer shelter from the current yet availability to drifting food.

Flies: Beaded Prince, Duracell Jig, Hammerhead Jig, Red Collar PT, Beaded Pheasant Tail, Big Spanker, Zebra Midge, Mirage Midge, Red Neck Midge


South Platte, Dream Stream

Flow: 78 cfs.
Conditions:  Stream flows have bumped back up after running flat for the past month or so. This is good news for the potential of a successful spawn. That is if we can keep too many people from wading through beds, or just as bad, harassing fish while they spawn by hooking them. This spot seems to suffer from the largest collective ignorance of any in the state. And by ignorance, we are hoping that it is just that, people are uninformed on the damage that they could be doing, rather than indifferent to the damage that they are causing, all in the name of a photo of a big fish. We have all seen it happen. There are anglers that stand over spawning beds and cast at fish trying to procreate. If you don’t already know, this is the single most stressful time of the year for any fish. Any additional stress on that fish very well could cause at the least an unsuccessful spawn and at worst, death. With the lure of big fish in shallow water it’s too much for uneducated anglers to resist. If you must go, PLEASE do not fish to fish that are actively on spawning beds. There are still resident fish in the river, as well as fish that are in water that is not conducive to spawning. Please think about the long term health of our fisheries and leave the redds alone.

 

Flies: Loop Wing Emerger, Pure Midge Larva Black or Pale Olive, Black, Red, Chartreuse Copper John, Juju Baetis, Buckskin, Caddis Larva, 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: 100 cfs
Conditions: Releases from the Dam have bumped up a bit over the last couple of weeks and that should be good news for anglers, as the added release will increase food in the water.  Clarity will remain solid though, as it is just coming from the reservoir and not any run-off.  Midges remain the primary insect at the moment but, results have also been decent on Baetis imitations, as well due to their dense numbers in this small tailwater.  Tandem rigs with a mix of those Midges and Baetis, along with the odd Caddis and small Stonefly imitation or San Juan Worm and Egg patterns have been seeing the most consistent results.  Tippet could bump up to 5x with the added flow, particularly in the riffles but, you may want to continue to use 6x to your bottom flies for that added bit of stealth.  At this level it should necessitate a moderate amount of weight in order to get your flies down to the depth where fish will be sheltering.  Anywhere from a #1 to BB should be a good start and adjust it from there according to the water type you are fishing.  Look for water types that offer good cover from predators and avoid fishing over spawning fish. Being a tailwater, the water temperatures are much more stable in their daily swing, thus offering the potential to see action throughout the day. (You don’t have to wait for water to warm up as it comes out of the dam at the same temperature day or night and the fish have acclimated to that.) Which is good since you generally have to get there early to beat the traffic, which should be on the rise as freestone options begin to see the effects of run-off.

 

Flies: Split Case BWO, Poxy-Biot Nymph, Buckskin, Flossy Worm, Little Brown Bug, Two Bit Hooker, Flash Back Pheasant Tail, Tungsten Micro Mayfly, 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: 945 @ Edwards  1170 cfs at Gypsum
Conditions:  Spring has sprung and the impact of that has hit the river.  This time of year it is important to be flexible when fishing the Eagle, as there are a number of spots where tributary streams can add color to the river.  Most notably being the confluence with Milk Creek, about a mile downstream of Wolcott.  However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the river will be unfish-able.  Generally speaking, with regards the lower part of the river you only need a foot or so of visibility to fish and have success.  Recently we have seen at least that much and more, and results have been solid.  Although with a warming trend over the next week, we might see a decline in that clarity below the point of manageable.  Not to worry, as above Milk Creek continues to fish very consistently with more stable conditions.  Nymphing has provided the most consistent results, with solid steady action on Caddis and Baetis imitations along with beaded searching patterns and mid-sized Stones.  In addition to the subsurface action, we have been seeing some decent dry fly activity over the past few weeks, with good numbers of Blue Winged Olives and Caddis emerging up and down the river, depending on location and water temperature.  That might be a little less consistent from spot to spot, as some days it seems like every fish in the river is looking up, while other days there are only pockets of fish rising in random locations.  Either way it would do an angler good to be prepared for the possibility of rising fish any day on this river.  As water conditions have been varying, so has the range of tippet size allowing for anything from 3 to 5x.  Early in the day look for fish to be sheltering in water that offers them a little more cover from predators, such as deeper runs and moderate currents with fish moving into pockets, riffles and the head of runs as the water warms late morning in order to feed on drifting nymphs.  As the water levels rise, there will be periods with a lot of turbidity that offer less success but, as those spikes level out and the debris clears look for fish to once again feed with some regularity.  The rating for the Eagle is a little lower than it is actually fishing right now. However, with the potential for diminished access due to dirty water we don’t want to oversell the overall experience, because it isn’t as good as it could be with the entire river in play.

 

Flies: Iron Sally, Duracell Jig, 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, Biot Midge, Red Neck Midge, Mirage Zebra Midge, Standard Pheasant Tail 18-22, G6 Caddis, Lite Bright Caddis, Tube Midge, Desert Storm, Barr’s Emerger, Juju stuff, Spaghetti and Meatballs.


Spinney Mountain Reservoir

Conditions: Ice is off and the Park is open for the season. Crowds were fairly heavy the first week or so and results hit or miss

Flies: Chirono Cones, Yankee Buzzers, Skinny Nelsons, Glass Chironomids, Wooftas, Peaches & Creams, Eggs, Squirrel Leech,  Hale Bopp Leech


Delaney Buttes Lakes

Conditions: Ice is off and fishing has returned to these popular North Park impoundments. At this early point of the season, look for fish to be cruising along the shallows foraging, as the weed beds that hold much of their summer food have not yet formed enough to pump out the buffet line.

Flies: Eggs, Hale Bopp Leech, Squirrel Leech, Egg Sucking Leech, Crank Shaft, Buzzers, Zebra, CDC Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, Duracell Jig, Hammerhead Jig etc