If you have been spending your time on the ski hill this spring and are looking for some new action, dig out the waders and get on the water. Tailwater Rivers, like the Blue and Frying pan, as well as Freestones, like the Eagle and Roaring Fork are fishing great. This is a great time to catch rising fish in slow water and find aggressive Browns in fast pocket water. But, with great fishing comes heavier crowds. I would advise anglers looking for a spot to fish this weekend to get out earlier than you have been. Although the best fishing has been 11am through the afternoon. There are a lot of guided trips getting out earlier and crowding the water. If you do find that your favorite spots have multiple trucks on them don’t get discouraged. Go explore a different part of the river and try a new technique. I find that when the river is crowded it is best to find pocket water and hit all the fishy spots with streamers. You will be amazed at what you will find. Fish that live in these areas do not get the same amount of pressure and tend to be very aggressive. This can also take you out of your element and make you worked harder for your fish and tune up your angling skills.
Hot flies have been many BWO nymphs like the Micro May and Bars Emerger as well as RS2’s and JuJu Baetis. If you find a pod of risers a Parachute Adams has been taking a lot of trout rising in slow water. If that gets refused a midge cluster will do the trick. As far as streamers go big and black bugs like the Sex Dungeon and Sculpzilla have been getting a lot of looks. Have fun out there and try exploring new water.