The Colorado Angler Salmonfly Hatch Update – June 4, 2013
June 04th, 2013
Tuesday morning update. Big changes on the river yesterday, Monday June 3. There is a noticeable decline in adult Salmonflies in the Gore Canyon stretch. While we did have some good dry fly action on our floats yesterday, it looks as if that will be falling off today and the rest of the week.
The good news is that the hatch has indeed moved upriver and is now in full emergence in the stretch above and below Parshall. Yesterday we saw plenty of adults crawling around the bushes stream-side and enough empty exoskeletons to indicate that it is the full body of the hatch. Stream flows are unseasonably low right now and wade fishing is quite comfortable. Make sure to check out all the public access sites between Kremmling and Byers Canyon. As close as they are in distance to each other, it should be possible to fish at least a couple of spots over the course of the day. Dry fly action was very strong in the afternoon on Monday. However, as is typical for this hatch, morning will probably be better on the nymph patterns and then as the adults start to take to the air in the afternoon, look to switch to those adult imitations.
Get out there and enjoy it while it lasts.