Weekend Forecast: Colorado Fly Fishing

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f you are planning on getting on the water this weekend, you can pretty much pick a spot and go. Fishing reports around the state have all been good with a lot of aggressive brown trout fattening up before the spawn. The Eagle River has been producing some large fish on Streamers, we did a float on the lower Eagle this week and white Sculpzillas, Olive Circus Peanuts and Tequeely were the hot flies. This was a boney float and I would not recommend it to anyone who has not floated the Eagle before.  The upper and lower Colorado are in great shape for wading and floating. BWO’s and Red Quills have been hatching in good numbers but fish seem to be staying on the bottom feeding on Nymphs. Red Copper Johns and Barr’s Emergers have been taking fish below the bobber. Moving Streamers off the banks is also producing some good Browns. The warmer temps have been sticking around and are forecasted to stay here through the weekend. Get out and enjoy before things make a change. Good fly patterns to carry would be; Barr’s Emerger, Ju Ju Baetis, RS2, Copper Johns, Micro May, Sculpzilla, Slump Buster, Autumn Splendor and Parachute Adams. Get out and enjoy fly fishing amongst the fall colors.

Circus Peanut Fly

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.