October: Fly Fishing Report

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Winter has made an entrance dropping the temps as well as some snow in the high country. This has cooled things off and made fishing tough for the past few days. Temps are supposed to rise over the next few days and get back into the 60’s by Saturday. These warmer temps will quickly melt the low lying snow and could turn some rivers off color. Keep that in mind as you choose where to fish over the weekend. Fly Fishing Reports around Colorado have been good, with many of our drainages seeing BWO, PMD and Midge Hatches. With the cooler morning temps I would focus on the slower deep pools until the water warms up and you start to see some surface activity. Moving streamers, as you know, is also a good prospecting technique if nymphing is not doing the trick. The Brown Trout are getting very aggressive and some have started to pair up for the fall spawn, so mind your step. The crowds in the ski towns like Vail, Aspen and Steamboat have vanished and it is a great time to get cheap deals at local hotels and restaurants. With the cheaper “shoulder season” prices it is a good time to visit one of these ski town areas and fish the water that surrounds them. The Yampa in Steamboat is fishing well top to bottom, with fish keyed in on Streamers and BWO’s. The same goes for the Roaring Fork Valley and Vail Valley. Blue Wings are dominating the scene but with these chilly temps do not forget your midges.

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