Colorado Fly Fishing Report: Mid September

Recent rain has bumped up water levels in the high country but clarity has improved over the last couple days and the fly fishing has been great. Blue winged olives are hatching in good numbers on the Eagle, Roaring Fork, Colorado and Arkansas Rivers. Parachute Adams are a good lead fly and Roy Palms Special Emerger are taking fish when the smaller BWO’s are coming off. I swear this fly catches fish in all conditions. royboy

For those willing to drive and try something different he Kokanee Salmon are starting to push up out of Blue Mesa Reservoir into the Gunnison River. Floating from Almont down towards Gunnison is a great float for dry fly fishing as well as pulling streamers. If you are a streamer junkie focus on black, white, olive and yellow colored streamers. Big fish are on the move following the Salmon up stream so if you can get away with heavier tippet be sure to tie it on. If you do make the drive be sure to drive up towards Roaring Judy Hatchery and fish the East River for Kokanee Salmon. This small tributary gets packed with Salmon and the fish go ballistic when hooked in skinny water. Be sure to bring some eggs patterns or beads for the Kokanee. There are still some Gray Drakes coming off so be sure to have a box full of cripples and emergers for the Gunnison and Taylor.

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