Dust off the boat and go float. The ice is off the Roaring Fork & Colorado and the fishing is great.
The word on the street is that the big midges are hatching on the Roaring Fork and stretches of the Lower Colorado. This is a great time of year to catch fish on the surface with bigger midge and BWO patterns. If you miss the rising fish go deep with some bigger stones like the 20 incher or Girdle Bug as your point fly. The warming water temps have bigger bugs moving around and fish have been keyed in on them on certain days. I have been throwing streamers and catching a lot of fish tight to the bank in faster pocket water. I have tried several different streamer patterns and colors but the most successful has been a single black sculpzilla. The longer days are making for great afternoon hatches and many fish are rising in slow shallow pools. Midges are still dominating the hatch scene but I am also seeing big BWO’s mixed in. When this has happened a Parachute Adams has been my best dry pattern. I have heard mixed reports on the Upper Colorado (Pumphouse – Rancho) although it is floatable the water temps maxed out around 35-36 a few days ago and fishing was slow. On the other hand, last week the reports were red hot on the Upper C. Wherever you go have fun and thanks for reading.