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Stream Reports
September 21, 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. The Division of Parks and Wildlife has asked anglers to voluntarily refrain from fishing some waters. Information here. 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
N/A cfs below Lake Estes

 
Midges, BWOs, stonefly, caddis and mayfly nymphs Hopper/dropper or dry/dropper rigs. Dries: BWO dries and emergers, Chubby Chernobyl, PMX, Stimulator, Elk Hair Caddis, Para Adams, hoppers, Hippie Stompers, Amy's Ant. Nymphs: 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
14 cfs in Moraine Park
 
Midges, PMDs stonefly nymphs, caddis, 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
N/A cfs in Lyons


 
Midges, PMDs, caddis, stonefly, caddis and mayfly nymphs Hopper/dropper or dry/dropper rigs. Same as the the Big T
Cache La Poudre
N/A cfs at canyon mouth. Flows are better higher up. Midges, PMDs, caddis, stonefly, caddis and mayfly nymphs Hopper/dropper or dry/dropper rigs. Nymphing and streamers will work. Dries: Hoppers, Chernobyl and Chubby Chernobyl, PMD dries and emergers, Para Adams, Elk Hair Caddis. Nymphs: Pat's Rubber Legs, buggers, #10-12 Prince, San Juan Worms, Thin Mint, 20 Incher, midge larvae, etc.
Blue River 
53 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.,
244 cfs below Green Mtn Res. Probably the same as the Blue below Dillon. Same as above. Same as Silverthorne except Mysis.
Eagle River
52 cfs at Avon
82 cfs at Gypsum.

Water temps in the Eagle have been reaching 70 degrees in the afternoon. Don't fish in these conditions.
Midges, PMDs, Tricos, caddis, stonefly, 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. 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
353 cfs below Reudi Reservoir. BWOs, PMDs, midges, a few Green Drakes, 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
460 cfs above FP confluence near Basalt
~800 cfs at Carbondale.
Midges, PMDs, caddis, Green Drakes, stonefly nymphs, 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: N/A cfs at Glenwood Springs. Midges, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, stonefly nymphs, caddis, caddis and mayfly nymphs Same as above. Same as above
Colorado
Parshall: N/A cfs
Pumphouse: 506 cfs
Glenwood Spgs: 1470 cfs.
Midges, PMDs, Green Drakes, 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
32 cfs below Stagecoach Reservoir
58 cfs in Steamboat Springs.
Water temps in Steamboat have been reaching 70 degrees in the afternoon. Don't fish in these conditions.
Stagecoach: Midges, scuds, worms, BWOs.
Steamboat area: Midges, PMDs, caddis, stonefly, 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: N/A cfs at Granite. Midges, caddis, Golden Stones, stonefly, caddis and mayfly nymphs. Dries, dry/dropper rigs. Nymphing coming to the fore. Dries: Para Adams, dries/emergers, Stimi, Elk Hair Caddis, terrestrials/hoppers. 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: N/A cfs at Salida.
 
Midges, caddis, Golden Stones, stonefly, caddis and mayfly nymphs. Dries, dry/dropper rigs. Nymphing coming to the fore. Dries: Para Adams, dries/emergers, Stimi, Elk Hair Caddis, terrestrials/hoppers. 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: N/A cfs at Canon City. Midges, caddis, Golden Stones, stonefly, caddis and mayfly nymphs. Dries, dry/dropper rigs. Nymphing coming to the fore. Dries: Para Adams, dries/emergers, Stimi, Elk Hair Caddis, terrestrials/hoppers. Nymphs: Golden stones, Pheasant Tail, Prince, Hares Ear or Copper John, Zebra Midge, Black Beauty, WD-40 or Top Secret Midge.
Pueblo Tailwater: N/A 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
116 cfs at Deckers. Midges, PMDs, Tricos, Caddis, stonefly, 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.
N/A cfs below Cheesman Res. Midges, PMDs, Tricos, Caddis, stonefly, caddis and mayfly nymphs Fishing good. Typical tailwater rig and flies. Dries when fish are rising. Pretty much the same as Deckers.
N/A cfs in Elevenmile Canyon. Midges, PMDs, Tricos, Caddis, stonefly, 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.
N/A 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: 500 cfs.
Miracle Mile: 525
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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