Colorado: Spring Dry Fly Fishing

We have finally reached the first day of spring and it certainly feels like it. Sunny and 60 in the high country with as much water as you want to fish. While the weather is still unsure what it wants to do, now is the time to take advantage of the warmer weather and unbelievable fly fishing conditions. Our freestone rivers have opened up significantly and you can find fish surfing in the shallow water eating Midges, Small Stones and Blue Winged Olives. While I am still seeing a lot of bobber rigs on the river there is certainly no need to nymph when rising fish are present. The best flies I have found over the last week have been larger Adult Midges as well as Emerging Midge imitations that ride in the surface film. The Blue WIngs are sporadic but when the fish key in on them a size 20 Adams is really all you need. On days when the surface bite is slow nymphing with larger Midge Larvae, Midge Emergers (RS2’s) and small Stones are excellent patterns to be presenting. There is no need to go real deep. A lot of fish have moved in to shallow slicks/ riffles and are suspended. Especially during the afternoon. The Roaring Fork, Eagle And Colorado Rivers are all fishing well and if you are looking for a reason to drive to the high country rising trout and warm weather is a good one. This short video segment was shot on the Eagle River last week and the fishing has continued to impress. With a front moving in over the next few days expect things to slow down a bit. But, once this front passes expect excellent fishing to return.  Fishing Reports on the Front Range are very similar with fish eating on the surface later in the afternoon with a real good nymph bite earlier in the day. Take advantage of the Spring fishing now run-off will be here before we know it.

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