The cooler weather has the Brown Trout getting a bit more aggressive and Blue Winged Olives are starting to become the preferred insect on many drainages. Hopper dropper is still producing good numbers of fish on the Arkansas, Colorado and South Platte Rivers with small bead head patterns, like the Micro May, taking fish just below the surface. This is a good time of year to start moving streamers for Brown Trout in pre-spawn mode. Be sure to bring a range of colors and move your flies through all types of water; shallow riffles, deep pools, undercut banks, rock gardens and slack water. You will be surprised where a fish might inhale your streamer. Also be careful of spawning beds. There are reports of fish beginning to spawn in a few rivers so if you see a cleared off gravel bed, do not step in or around it. That is our future of fishing. I would choose one of these rivers if you haven’t fished them yet this summer.
Float the Upper Colorado – Pump House To Radium
Taylor – Catch and Release Section
South Platte – Cheesman Canyon
Get out there now summer is slipping away.