We are already in the early stages of runoff. Most rivers and creeks are tracking pretty close to seasonal average flows. BWOs are starting to hatch around the state and we're seeing some locally as well. Midges are still active, and the fish will continue to munch on them. There have been a few sightings of small caddis; the usual spring caddis hatch in happening on the Arkansas, up to the Wellsville area. Don't forget that there are always be stonefly nymphs in rivers and streams. Streams below about 9500 feet are open, and in some cases our warm weather has gotten an early runoff started. The North and South St Vrain are producing, as are the Big Thompson, North St Vrain (Wild Basin) and Glacier Creek in RMNP. The North St Vrain in the Wild Basin area of RMNP is open and fishable. We've heard good reports from the Poudre, the Arkansas in Canon City and above. High country lakes are still frozen, but the Delaneys and Spinney are open. The South Platte at Deckers, Eleven Mile Canyon, in Cheesman Canyon and the Dream Stream section in South Park should be on your list for spring fishing. Other great tailwaters include the Taylor River below Taylor Park Reservoir, the Frying Pan River below Reudi Reservoir, the Yampa River below Stagecoach Reservoir, and the Blue River below Lake Dillon. The weather forecast for the upcoming week is favorable, so get out there.Keep in mind that the flows reported below are of the day of the report. Check your favorite waters at the DNR link below for up to date flows, or go to our Real Time Stream Flows page for your favorite stream. No matter where you go, wade carefully.
A note on bugs, hatches and fly selection:
While certain insects are actively hatching at certain times as we note below, the larval forms of all insects are always available in the stream. There may be several age classes of stoneflies, for example, at any given time; there are usually several types of caddis in most streams that hatch at different times, and trout will eat them any time they find them- same with mayflies; midges hatch almost every day, so you'll find a mix of larvae, pupae and adults all the time. The point we're making is that you don't always have to use a "match the hatch" approach. If bugs aren't hatching, or if your PMD imitation isn't working in July when the bugs are on the water, try a different pattern that imitates something else that lives in that stream or lake. The bugs are there!
Give us a call before heading out as we may have some info based on what we have heard from customers and our own trips.
Current streamflow conditions are available for these and other streams at the
Colorado Department of Natural Resources.
Note: Fly patterns in red are Laughing Grizzly exclusives.
|River and Conditions||Hatches/Activity||Comments||Go To Flies|
|51 cfs below Lake Estes||BWOs, midges, stonefly nymphs||BWO dries and dry/dropper rigs with an attractor- small EHC, Chernobyl, etc; nymphing is effective as well.||Dries: BWO dries and emergers, midge dries and emergers, etc. Nymphs: Tak's Go2 Prince, Hot Wire Prince, PT, SJW, midge larvae/pupae patterns, Ray Charles, Poison Tung, large stone flies such as 20 inchers, Prince, Golden Stones. Pink or red SJW, Psycho Prince, Pat's Rubber Legs, Tarheel Caddis Larva, Mike's Improved Bling Midge. Streamers: Buggers in black, olive or orange, leech patterns.|
|Rocky Mountain National Park|
|37 cfs in Moraine Park||Nothing significant||Don't forget Wild Basin. It's open, as well as are the Big T and Glacier Creek.||Same as the the Big T or RMNP above|
|144 cfs in Lyons||BWOs, midges, golden stonefly nymphs||Best bet is above mm 26 on the S St Vrain along CO 7. The N St Vrain in the Buttonrock area saw some significant stream habitat improvements later last year, and is fishing better than it has since the flood.||Same as the the Big T or RMNP above.|
|Cache La Poudre|
|93 cfs at canyon mouth. Flows are better higher up.||BWOs, midges, some caddis and stones.||Good fishing from MIshawaka down. Dry fly fishing during hatches can be effective, but nymphing is usually the name of the game. Try a dry/dropper rig with a larger foam bug on top.||Same as the the Big T or RMNP above|
|98 cfs below Dillon Res.||Midges, BWOs, Mysis shrimp.||At these flows, mysis patterns are a good choice below the dam. Otherwise, typical tailwater midges and small mayfly nymph patterns. Streamers can also be effective at times.||Dries: Small dries like a Para Adams, Griffith's Gnat and midges. Nymphs: Barr's Pure Midge, black or gray RS2, Miracle, JuJuBee, Black Beauty, Rainbow Warrior, red midge patterns, Mercury Midge, PT, CJ. Hare's Ear, dark to flashy midge larvae and pupae patterns, Golden Stone nymphs, San Juan Worm, etc.|
|221 cfs below Green Mtn Res.||BWOs, midges, Golden Stones||Use typical dry/dropper or double nymph rigs.||Same as Silverthorne except Mysis.|
|375 cfs at Avon
510 cfs at Gypsum.
|BWOs, midges, eggs, stoneflies||Attractor nymphs trailed by an RS2, midge or mayfly nymph are good combos. Dries during hatches or as a change of pace. Best stretch is Avon to Wolcott.||Dries: BWOs, Parachute Adams, caddis dries (Elk Hair Caddis, eg),and emergers, RS-2, EHC, Barr Emerger. Nymphs: Eggs, PT, Micromay, Prince, CJ, etc. Tarheel Caddis Larva. Streamers: Black or olive Slumpbusters, black or olive Buggers, etc.|
|153 cfs below Reudi Reservoir.||BWOs, Midges, Worms. Mysis below the dam||Fishing very well right now. Nymphing morning and late afternoons, dries/emergers during midday to afternoon hatches.||Dries: BWO adults and emergers, midge patterns, Stuck in the Shuck midge emergers, #20-24, #22-26 Para Adams, Barr Emerger, Jujubaetis, RS-2, grey or black midge dries down to size 30 or 32, Elk Hair and other Caddis. Nymphs: PT, Midge pupae and larvae, eggs, Rainbow Warrior, Zebra/Black Beauty midges (black or red), Brassies, Eggs, Mysis, pink San Juan Worm, Tabou Caddis Emerger. Streamers: Use smaller sizes: Black or olive Slumpbusters, black or olive Buggers, etc.|
|503 cfs above FP confluence near Basalt
~650 cfs at Carbondale.
|Worms, BWOs, Midges, Stoneflies||Look for quiet water on the edges. Trail a midge larva or BWO nymph behind a big stone nymph. Otherwise, double nymph rigs or dry/emerger combos (during hatches with surface feeding activity) are the order of the day.||Dries: BWO and PMD dries and emergers. Nymphs: stonefly, caddis and mayfly nymphs, Pat's Rubber Legs, PT, eggs, SJW. Streamers: Autumn Splendor, Black Bugger, Northern Lights, White Clouser, Pat's Rubber Legs.|
|Carbondale to Glenwood Springs: 1000 cfs at Glenwood Springs.||Green Drake nymphs, Stoneflies, Worms, BWOs, midges||Same as above.||Same as above|
Pumphouse: 1030 cfs
Glenwood Spgs: 321030 cfs.
|BWOs, midges, eggs, a few caddis||Dries to match the hatch. Otherwise, nymphing is working. Rainbows are beginning to spawn, so egg patterns often work. Don't fish to spawners- focus on the downstream fish waiting for eggs.||Dries: Small midge dries, Griffith's Gnat, size 20-26 Para Adams, black RS-II, Elk Hair and other caddis, small BWO dries. Nymphs: Golden Stones, Pat's Rubberlegs, midge larvae/pupae in red or black, small (18-20) PT and Hare's Ear, RS-II, 20 Inchers, Two-bit Hookers. Streamers: Pat's Rubber Legs. Buggers, Slumpbuster, Double Bunny, Bunny Leech, Girdle Bugs.|
|44 cfs below Stagecoach.
551 cfs in Steamboat Spgs.
|Stagecoach: Midges, scuds, worms, BWOs.
Steamboat area: BWOs, midges.
|Dry/dropper rigs. Nymphing deeper runs and holes. The usual tailwater rigs and flies for the Stagecoach tailwater.||Dries: BWO dries and emergers, midge dries, Griffiths Gnat, RS-2. Nymphs: Tabou Caddis Emerger, Rainbow Warrior, midge larvae/pupae in black or red, typical tailwater nymphs, scuds in olive, rust orange, cream or tan, red or pink SJWs, Hare's Ear and Chamois Leeches, Miracle Nymph.|
|Leadville to Buena Vista: 256 cfs at Granite.||BWOs, midges, Caddis larvae||Fishing is good. Use dries/dry-dropper rigs to match the hatch, or nymph with a stonefly, caddis or mayfly nymph.||Dries: Dries: Para Adams, dries/emergers, Stimi, Elk Hair Caddis, BWOs. Nymphs: Golden stones, Pheasant Tail, Prince, Hares Ear or Copper John, Zebra Midge, Black Beauty, WD-40 or Top Secret Midge.|
|Buena Vista to Salida: 380 cfs at Salida.
||BWOs, Caddis larvae (a few hatching), midges||Fishing is excellent. Use dries/dry-dropper rigs to match the hatch, or nymph with a stonefly, caddis or mayfly nymph.||Dries: BWO dries and emergers, Para Adams, Stimi, Elk Hair Caddis, Yellow Sally. Nymphs: Golden stones, Pheasant Tail, Prince, Hares Ear or Copper John, Zebra Midge, Black Beauty, WD-40 or Top Secret Midge.|
|Salida to Canon City: 434 cfs at Canon City.||Caddis up to Wellsville, BWOs, midges||Use dries/dry-dropper rigs to match the hatch, or nymph with a stonefly, caddis or mayfly nymph. Caddis hatches will continue to move up the river in the coming weeks.||Dries: Para Adams, dries/emergers, Stimi, Elk Hair Caddis, Black Caddis, Mothers Day Caddis, BWO dries and emergerss. Nymphs: Golden stones, Pheasant Tail, Prince, Hares Ear or Copper John, Zebra Midge, Black Beauty, WD-40 or Top Secret Midge.|
|Pueblo Tailwater: 618 cfs.
||Midges, BWOs.||Flows are variable almost daily. Wading is not bad at current levels.||Dries: Parachute BWO #20 - 22, Elk Hair Caddis #14 - 18, Tan Elk Hair Caddis #14 - 16, Griffiths Gnat #16 - 20, Ants/Beetles #14 - 16, Hoppers #8 - 12. Nymphs: Mercury Midge #18 - 22, RS II #18 - 22, WD40 #18 - 22, Graphic Cadis #14 - 16, Tabou Caddis # 14 - 16, Hares Ear #8 - 16, San Juan Worm #12 - 16 Streamers: Buggers, Near Nuff Crayfish, Pat's Rubber Legs, Thin Mint|
|165 cfs at Deckers.||Midges, BWOs, some caddis||Midge, worm behind a beadhead nymph, scud or cranefly larva. Dries for rising fish.||Dries: Griffiths Gnat and other midge dries, BWO dries and emergers, Para Adams- all very small- #20 and smaller, RS-2, WD-40, Barr Emergers. Elk Hair and other Caddis patterns. Nymphs: Very small PTs, Hare's Ears, Micro May, Mercury Midge, Zebra Midge, Rainbow Warrior, eggs, Top Secret Midge. Medallion Midge, San Juan Worm (red, wine, pink, brown), Two-bit Hooker, Orange or tan scuds, Graphic Caddis, Barr's Cranefly Larva.|
|151 cfs below Cheesman Res.||Midges, BWOs||Pretty much the same as the Dream Stream. Fishing is fair to good.||Pretty much the same as Deckers.|
|95 cfs in Elevenmile Canyon.||Midges, BWOs||Pretty much the same as Cheesman. Fishing is good.||Dries: BWO and BWO emergers. Griffiths Gnat and other midges, Para Adams- all very small- #20 and smaller, RS-2, WD-40, Barr Emergers, Nymphs: Very small PTs, Mercury Midge, Zebra Midge, Rainbow Warrior, SJW, Top Secret Midge. Medallion Midge.|
|99 cfs at Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area (Dream Stream).||Midges||Double nymph rigs: nymph trailing a midge larva/pupa or San Juan Worm. Dries to match the hatch.||Dries: RS-2, WD-40, Para Adams, midges, Griffith's Gnat, Matt's Midge, Trico and Sunken Tric. Nymphs: Buckskin, red, pink or orange SJW, Chamois Leech, Rojo Midge, Mercury Black Beauty, Brassie, Red PT, Rainbow Warrior, Flashback PT, caddis larvae/pupae patterns, Pure Midge, olive scuds or egg patterns, Top Secret Midge, Medallion Midge, Buckskin. Streamers: Try Autumn Splendors, Woolly Buggers (olive, black, brown), Girdle Bugs in mottled colors.|
|Grey Reef: 2000 cfs.
Miracle Mile: 3150 cfs
|Midges, cranefly larva. orange scuds, black Zebra Midge.||We've had some reports of big fish being caught, and fishing is very good. Nymphing almost exclusively.||Nymphs: Scuds, Red SJW, Chamois Leech, Hot Wire Prince, Cranefly Larvae. Midges: PAL, Bionic Black/Silver, Bionic Brown, Split Back Trico, Split Foam Back Baetis Red Rock Worm. Other: Vanilla Buggers, Primrose and Black, Blue Poison Tung, Gray RS2, Eggs|