This is a excellent time of the year to explore some of Colorado’s Tailwater Rivers. Current water flows are a littler higher on our Tailwaters as reservoirs make room for spring runoff. These hIgher flows move the trout around and also push large amounts of midges,
Mysis shrimp and other invertebrates down the river. This combination makes hooking picky tailwater trout a little easier. The Blue river is fishing very well with the higher water levels, but if you are up for an adventure I would head towards the Taylor and try your luck.
Although the Taylor can be extremely cold this time of year an angler can get rewarded for his/her efforts. Many fish in the upper section push the double digit mark and can be extremely difficult to hook. Make sure to bring all the warm clothes you own as well as plenty of small nymph patterns.
Pheasant tails work well and so do Mysis. I have found that you need several different Mysis patterns to be successful on the Taylor. Keep in mind that fish are in spawn mode so if you see them staged up let them do there thing in piece. They will be hungry soon and we can catch them then. Have fun out there and enjoy all the tailwaters Colorado has to offer.