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Stream Reports
July 14, 2018

General Comments
Every river or stream in our report is flowing below normal. Temperatures on some waters are nearing 70 degrees, which is extremely stressful for trout. it's best to confine your fishing to morning hours before the water warms too much- even at higher altitudes in the mountains. As usual. summer is a great time to explore lakes. Don't forget local ponds for warm water species like bass, crappie, sunfish, perch and carp.

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
Big Thompson
258 cfs below Lake Estes

 
Midges, BWOs, stonefly nymphs, caddis, caddis and mayfly nymphs Nymphing and streamers. Focus on quiet water and along the banks. Chubby Chernobyl, PMX, Stimulator, Elk Hair Caddis, Copper John, Pat's Rubber Legs, buggers, RSII, Blue Poison Tung, Prince, San Juan Worms, Thin Mint, 20 Incher, midge larvae, etc.
Rocky Mountain National Park
59 cfs in Moraine Park
 
Midges, BWOs, stonefly nymphs, caddis, Cicadas, caddis and mayfly nymphs Dry/dropper rigs. Most any dry fly pattern with a soft hackle dropper Same as the the Big T
St Vrain
116 cfs in Lyons


 
Midges, stonefly nymphs, caddis, caddis and mayfly nymphs Nymphing and streamers. Focus on quiet water and along the banks. Same as the the Big T
Cache La Poudre
320 cfs at canyon mouth. Flows are better higher up. Midges, stonefly nymphs, Yellow Sallies, caddis, CICADA, mcaddis and mayfly nymphs Nymphing and streamers. Focus on quiet water and along the banks. Pat's Rubber Legs, buggers, #10-12 Prince, San Juan Worms, Thin Mint, 20 Incher, midge larvae, etc.
Blue River 
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. Streamers: Thin Mints, buggers, Pat's Rubber Legs, etc.,
395 cfs below Green Mtn Res. Midges, BWOs, stonefly nymphs, caddis, caddis and mayfly nymphs Same as above. Same as Silverthorne except Mysis.
Eagle River
147 cfs at Avon
186 cfs at Gypsum. 
Midges, PMDs, yellow sallies, stonefly nymphs, caddis, caddis and mayfly nymphs Attractor nymphs trailed by an RS2, midge or BWO nymph/emerger are good combos. Dries during hatches or as a change of pace. Best stretch is Avon to Wolcott. Dries: PMDs, Parachute Adams, Yellow Sallies. caddis dries (Elk Hair Caddis, eg),and emergers, RS-2, EHC, Barr Emerger, Garcia's Mini Hot, Yellow stimis. Nymphs: Eggs, PT, Micromay, Prince, CJ, etc.  Tarheel Caddis Larva. Streamers:  Black or olive Slumpbusters, black or olive Buggers, etc.
Fryingpan
205 cfs below Reudi Reservoir. BWOs, PMDs, 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 and PMD 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.
Roaring Fork
408 cfs above FP confluence near Basalt
~600 cfs at Carbondale.
Midges, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, stonefly nymphs, caddis, caddis and mayfly nymphs Dry/dropper or double/triple nymph rigs. 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: 657 cfs at Glenwood Springs. Midges, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, stonefly nymphs, caddis, caddis and mayfly nymphs Same as above. Same as above
Colorado
Parshall: 392 cfs
Pumphouse: 911 cfs
Glenwood Spgs: 2120 cfs.
Midges, PMDs, Green Drakes,Yellow Sallies,  stonefly nymphs, caddis, caddis and mayfly nymphs Nymphing and streamers. Focus on quiet water and along the banks. Pat's Rubber Legs, buggers, #10-12- Prince, San Juan Worms, Thin Mint, 20 Incher, midge larvae, etc.
Yampa
55 cfs below Stagecoach Reservoir
92 cfs in Steamboat Spgs.
Water temps in Steamboat have been reaching 75 degrees in the afternoon. Don't fish in these conditions.
 
Stagecoach: Midges, scuds, worms, BWOs.
Steamboat area: Midges, BWOs, stonefly nymphs, caddis, caddis and mayfly nymphs
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.
Arkansas
Leadville to Buena Vista: 377 cfs at Granite. Midges, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, Grey Drakes, Golden Stones, stonefly nymphs, caddis, caddis and mayfly nymphs Fishing is tough because of high flows. Nymphing with stonefly, caddis and mayfly nymphs. 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: 504 cfs at Salida.
 
Midges, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, Grey Drakes, Golden Stones, stonefly nymphs, caddis, caddis and mayfly nymphs Fishing is tough because of high flows. Nymphing with stonefly, caddis and mayfly nymphs. 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: 454 cfs at Canon City. Midges, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, Grey Drakes, Golden Stones, stonefly nymphs, caddis, caddis and mayfly nymphs Fishing is tough because of high flows. Nymphing with stonefly, caddis and mayfly nymphs. 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: 336 cfs.


 
Midges, BWOs. Fishing is tough. Typical tailwater rig and flies. Dries when fish are rising. 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
South Platte
287 cfs at Deckers. Midges, PMDs, Tricos, Caddis, stonefly nymphs, caddis, caddis and mayfly nymphs Fishing good. Typical tailwater rig and flies. Dries when fish are rising. 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.
329 cfs below Cheesman Res. Midges, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, Tricos, caddis and mayfly nymphs Fishing good. Typical tailwater rig and flies. Dries when fish are rising. Pretty much the same as Deckers.
145 cfs in Elevenmile Canyon. Midges, BWOs, Yellow Sallies, caddis and mayfly nymphs Fishing good. Typical tailwater rig and flies. Dries when fish are rising. 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.
153 cfs at Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area (Dream Stream). Midges, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, Tricos, caddis and mayfly nymphs Fishing good. Typical tailwater rig and flies. Dries when fish are rising. Dries: RS-2, WD-40, Para Adams, midges, Griffith's Gnat, Matt's Midge, Trico and Sunken Trico, Yello Sally. 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.
North Platte
Grey Reef: 3000 cfs.
Miracle Mile: 800
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

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