Weekend Fishing Outlook: Colorado

Vail Ski Resort opens tomorrow so all the skiers and snowboarders will surely be packing the I-70 frying_pan_river_wintercorridor to hit the hill for opening weekend. If that isn’t reason enough for you front ranger anglers to stay on the front range our rivers up here on the hill are pretty much frozen. Cold temps over the last couple weeks have really shrunken our rivers up high and with more snow in the forecast I wouldn’t expect them to open up much in the near future. For now your best bet is going to be fishing tailwaters. Although things have been cold the fishing reports coming from the Blue, the Frying Pan and the South Platte have all been good. The fish have moved into their winter lies and are primarily feeding on midge imitations.  Bobber fishing the deep holes with an egg and a midge is probably going to be your set-up until next April. Don’t be afraid to try some wacky patterns out there, I found a bunch of off the wall midge patterns in the 25 cent bin a few years ago and they absolutely rocked the fish. Of course they didn’t last long but it goes to show that throwing odd flies can sometimes be the hot ticket. If you are heading up the hill to ski Vail is opening 540 acres of terrain and expected to open more with the big system that is “supposed to dump 4 feet bro.” We’ll see about that.

Bobber with an Eagle River Brown before it shrunk in size.
Bobber with an Eagle River Brown before it shrunk in size.