Colorado Fishing Reports

These Colorado Fly Fishing Reports are brought to you by Mile High Angler’s Colorado Fly Fishing Guide Service.  We guide on a variety of Private Water Fly Fishing Ranches and Public Water in Colorado.  Our private waters are The Meadows on The North Fork of the South Platte River and all of Rocky Mountain Angling Club Properties.  The public rivers we guide are The Colorado River, The William’s Fork River, The Blue River and multiple sections of The South Platte River including Deckers, The Dream Stream, Tomahawk State Wildlife Area and the Denver urban corridor.  We will try to update this fishing report as often as possible and promise to provide you with accurate Colorado fly fishing information.  If you would like to fish with some of the best Colorado Fly Fishing Guides please give us a call to book a guided fly fishing trip.


Date:  November 3 – November 10

Locations:  

  1. The North Fork of the South Plate River – The Meadows
  2. The William’s Fork River
  3. The Colorado River

Flows: 

  1. The Meadows:  45 – 68 CFS
  2. The William’s Fork River:  40 CFS
  3. The Colorado River:  233 CFS

Bug Hatches: 

  1. The Meadows:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives.
  2. The William’s Fork River:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives.
  3. The Colorado River:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives

Flies:  Mercury Pheasant Tail Flashback #22, Barr’s Pure Midge Larva #22, Rainbow Warrior #20, Chartreuse Micro Egg #18, Orange Micro Egg #18, Sparkle Black Beauty #20, Dorsey’s Black Beauty # 20.

Colorado Fly Fishing Guide:  Capt. Chris Wells

Fly Fishing Report:  This week’s fly fishing Report is from the “The Meadows” on the North Fork of the South Platte River, The William’s Fork and Colorado River near Parshall, CO.  Winter Fly Fishing in Colorado can be a great way to enjoy our beautiful state.

Fly Fishing Colorado

The North Fork Meadows:  Roberts Tunnel has been shut off for a few weeks now and the flows are low.  The fishing is best during the middle of the day when the water temps rise a degree or two.  The natural flows make the river look glacial making it tougher to see the fish.  The fish are now feeding in the slow deeper pools and the takes are extremely subtle.  The angler that learns to reads an indicator the best will catch the most fish.
The William’s Fork River:  The Fork is at its winter flows and is low and technical.  Cherry picking the river is the best way to fish it this time of year.  The trout are keyed in on midges and are holding in the deeper water.  Covering lots of water is important and will ensure your flies are in front of “fresh fish”.  Be careful of where you walk, the moose are still thick.  If the flows stay where they are, there will be some great winter fly fishing trips in the upcoming months.
The Colorado River:  The Colorado is in its early winter stages and the fishing has slowed up a bit.  Fishing during the prime feeding hours is a must as the trout’s metabolism has started to slow.  Nymphing is the most productive and streamers during the afternoon have produced a few nice fish.  It won’t be too much longer before this valley starts getting heavy snow.  The Colorado River offers year-round fly fishing in Colorado, just don’t forget your snowshoes! 


Date:  October 26 – November 2

Locations:  

  1. The North Fork of the South Plate River – The Meadows

Flows: 

  1. The Meadows:  49 – 88 CFS

Bug Hatches: 

  1. The Meadows:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives.

Flies:  Barr’s Pure Midge Larva #22, Rainbow Warrior #20, Chartreuse Micro Egg #18, Sparkle Black Beauty #20, Dorsey’s Black Beauty # 20.

Colorado Fly Fishing Guide:  Capt. Chris Wells

Colroado Fly FIshing

Fly Fishing Report:  This week’s fishing Report is from the “The Meadows” on the North Fork of the South Platte River.

The North Fork Meadows:  Fishing is still good despite the cooler temperatures and the shorter days.  For a quick get-a-way and the best fly fishing trip close to Denver, The Meadows is as good as it gets.  The fishing has been best this week on overcast days because the fish have not been as spooky.  The lower flows make it challenging to sneak up on fish so longer casts are sometimes needed.  Nymphing is hands down the most productive method this time of year and when done correctly the rewards can be fantastic.  Winter Fly Fishing in Colorado is just getting started!


Date:  October 18 – October 25

Locations:  

  1. The North Fork of the South Plate River – The Meadows
  2. The William’s Fork River
  3. The Colorado River

Flows: 

  1. The Meadows:  100 – 138 CFS
  2. The William’s Fork River:  100 – 150 CFS
  3. The Colorado River:  253 – 325 CFS

Bug Hatches: 

  1. The Meadows:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives.
  2. The William’s Fork River:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives.
  3. The Colorado River:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives

Flies:  Mercury Pheasant Tail Flashback #20, Sparkle Wing Rs2 #20, Barr’s Pure Midge Larva #22, Rainbow Warrior #20, Chartreuse Micro Egg #18, Orange Micro Egg #18, Sparkle Black Beauty #20, Dorsey’s Black Beauty # 20.

Colorado Fly Fishing Guide:  Capt. Chris Wells

Fly Fishing Report:  This week’s fishing Report is from the “The Meadows” on the North Fork of the South Platte River, The William’s Fork and Colorado River near Parshall, CO.

The North Fork Meadows:  Our most exclusive private water fly fishing property continues to produce some of the best fly fishing in Colorado.  Late October can be one of the best months to target trophy trout in Colorado.  The river is low making it easier to find big fish.  Nymphing is the most productive way to catch these monsters and on the right days streamers will move a few fish.
The William’s Fork River:  The William’s Fork is still fishing consistently and the summer crowds are gone.  The trout are keyed in on midges in the morning and switch to blue winged olives during the middle of the day.  Lots of big browns have started to move up from the Colorado and are starting their annual spawn.  When walking the river, make sure to stay away from the spawning areas known as reds.  Be on the lookout for Moose, there are still a few of them around.
The Colorado River:  The mighty Colorado doesn’t look so mighty this time of year but the fishing remains strong.  Fish are midging heavily in the morning and are still rising for a couple of hours.  This is a great time of year to fish this river as anglers can easily wade the otherwise hard to reach areas.  Structure is now exposed and so are the fish making it possible to land bigger trout.  We are the only Denver Colorado Fly Fishing Guide Services that holds permits on these rivers so give us a call to book your trip.  


Date:  October 10 – October 17

Locations:  

  1. The South Platte River – Deckers
  2. The North Fork of The South Platte River

Flows: 

  1. Deckers:  100 CFS
  2. The Meadows:  100 – 138 CFS

Bug Hatches: 

  1. Deckers:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives
  2. The Meadows:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives.

Flies:  Mercury Pheasant Tail Flashback #22, Barr’s Pure Midge Larva #22, Rainbow Warrior #20, Chartreuse Micro Egg #20, Dorsey’s Black Beauty # 20.

Colorado Fly Fishing Guide:  Capt. Chris Wells

Fly Fishing Report:  This week’s fishing Report is from The South Platte River at Deckers and the Meadows on the North Fork of The South Platte.

Colorado Fly Fishing

Deckers:  The South Platte River at Deckers has been fishing well, crowds are the biggest issue.  The water is gin clear making sight fishing the best tactic.  Looking for suspended trout feeding in the deeper runs is the best way to catch fish.  The best chance at catching them is on the first drift.  Look for the fish to move while eating the fly or sometimes they will simply open their mouth as the fly drifts directly towards them.  Expect the fishing to continue to be good for a few more weeks and then normal winter fishing conditions will take over.
The North Fork Meadows:  The North Fork has continued to drop in flows, no water is being released from Roberts Tunnel.  The fishing is still great with lots of sight fishing opportunities.  With the cooler nights, the fish are a bit sluggish in the morning but actively feed during the middle of the day. This is one of the best times of year to catch some of the biggest fish in Colorado.  Egg flies continue to be the most productive with a small black midge as a dropper. 


Date:  October 2 – October 9

Locations:  

  1. The North Fork of the South Plate River – The Meadows
  2. The William’s Fork River

Flows: 

  1. The Meadows:  100 – 138 CFS
  2. The William’s Fork River:  100 – 150 CFS

Bug Hatches: 

  1. The Meadows:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives.
  2. The William’s Fork River:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Tricos, Hoppers.

Flies:  Mercury Pheasant Tail Flashback #20, Sparkle Wing Rs2 #20, Barr’s Pure Midge Larva #22, Rainbow Warrior #20, Chartreuse Micro Egg #18, Black Copper John #20, Sparkle Black Beauty #20, Brown San Juan Worm #16, Dorsey’s Black Beauty # 20.

Fly Fishing Colorado

Colorado Fly Fishing Guide:  Capt. Chris Wells

Fly Fishing Report:  This week’s fishing Report is from the “The Meadows” on the North Fork of the South Platte River and The William’s Fork River near Parshall, CO.

The North Fork Meadows:  Fall has really started to move through the North Fork Valley and there are even a few signs of old man winter.  The river flows have been on a steady decline but good fishing remains.  The mornings are still fishing fair and the best action is from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  The water temps are down in the low to mid 40’s and the fish are a bit sluggish in the morning.  Nymphing is the best way to catch fish and there are a few fish willing to move on a slowly presented streamer in the afternoon.  With the lower flows, some of the bigger fish have been exposed making them prime sight fishing targets.  Winter fly fishing is getting closer!
The William’s Fork River:  The Willie’s Fork has continued to fish well this past week.  Most of the leaves are off the trees but the fishing still remains strong.  We have been taking advantage of the fall baetis hatch and have been catching some nice fish.  Almost every day we have fished this river we have caught some huge fish.  During this time of year it’s not uncommon to land both big rainbows and browns, some of which get close to two feet long.  As long as we don’t start to get big snows early, the river should continue to fish well for another month or so.  Don’t put your gear away just yet, Colorado fly fishing is good on this river for a little while longer.


Date:  September 24 – October 1

Locations:  

  1. The North Fork of the South Plate River – The Meadows
  2. The William’s Fork River
  3. The Colorado River
  4. The Fraser River

Flows: 

  1. The Meadows:  200 – 380 CFS
  2. The William’s Fork River:  100 – 150 CFS
  3. The Colorado River:  395 – 450 CFS
  4. The Fraser River:  131 – 151 CFS

Bug Hatches: 

  1. The Meadows:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, Blue Quills, Tricos.
  2. The William’s Fork River:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Tricos, Caddis, Hoppers.
  3. The Colorado River:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Tricos, Caddis, Hoppers.
  4. The Fraser River:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Tricos, Caddis, Hoppers.

Fall Fly Fishing Colorado Trips

Flies:  Mercury Pheasant Tail Flashback #20, Sparkle Wing Rs2 #20, Barr’s Pure Midge Larva #22, Rainbow Warrior #20, Chartreuse Micro Egg #18, Black Copper John #20, Sparkle Black Beauty #20, Brown San Juan Worm #16.

Colorado Fly Fishing Guide:  Capt. Chris Wells

Fly Fishing Report:  This week’s fishing Report is from the “The Meadows” on the North Fork of the South Platte River and The William’s Fork River, The Colorado River and The Fraser River.

The North Fork Meadows:  The Meadows has been steadily dropping in flows and the fishing remains good.  The lower water has exposed some areas that haven’t been fished all summer.  Big fish have been taken on nymphs and streamers with the nymphs being the most productive.  The cooler temperatures have made fishing a bit slower early in the morning with the best action in the middle of the day and early afternoon.  Fishing private water in Colorado on the North Fork Meadows guarantees that you’ll have the river all to yourself and plenty of big fish to try and catch.  Give us a call to reserve your next Colorado Guided Fly Fishing Trip.
The William’s Fork River:  The William’s Fork is one of the best rivers to fly fish in Colorado and during the fall it is absolutely gorgeous.  Since the flows dropped, the fishing has been tough for a few days but the action is back on.  The blue winged olives are hatching every day at 11:00am and the fish are feeding aggressively.  There have been several moose on the river making for some spectacular photo opportunities.  Colorado Fly Fishing is at its finest on the William’s Fork and the fall is one of our favorite times of year.  For the best public water walk and wade guided fly fishing trips in Colorado, give Mile High Angler a call to book your Colorado Fly Fishing Guide.
The Colorado River:  The mighty Colorado River offers a multitude of fly fishing opportunities for the discriminating angler.  Fall is definitely the prettiest time of year to fish the river as the cottonwoods are in their full fall colors.  The dry fly fishing continues to be outstanding in the mornings and the streamer bite has gotten good with the browns beginning to stage for their annual fall spawn.  Hiring a Colorado fly fishing guide will ensure you are on the best sections of water to take advantage of the best fishing conditions. 
The Fraser River:  One of President Eisenhower’s favorite rivers to go fly fishing in Colorado on was the Fraser River.  This river is usually tough during the fall because of low flows.  However, with all the rain we have had recently, the river is at its historic flows and the fishing has been good.  There have been lots of midges hatching all day with a good number of baetis coming off during the middle of the day.  The dry fly fishing has been good in spurts and nymphing continues to be the strong bet.  The streamer fishing on the Fraser during the late afternoon has been producing some nice browns.  For a special treat this year, get out on the Fraser River for some of Colorado’s best fly fishing.


Date:  September 16 – September 23

Locations:  

  1. The North Fork of the South Plate River – The Meadows
  2. The Gunnison River

Flows: 

  1. The Meadows:  180 – 380 CFS
  2. The Gunnison River:  463 – 901 CFS

Bug Hatches: 

  1. The Meadows:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, Red Quills, Blue Quills, Tricos.
  2. The Gunnison River:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Tricos, Caddis.

Flies:  Mercury Pheasant Tail Flashback #20, Sparkle Wing Rs2 #20, Barr’s Pure Midge Larva #22, Rainbow Warrior #20, Chartreuse Micro Egg #18, Black Copper John #20, Sparkle Black Beauty #20, Brown San Juan Worm #16.

Colorado Fly Fishing Guide:  Capt. Chris Wells

Fly Fishing Reports

Fly Fishing Report:  This week’s fishing Report is from the “The Meadows” on the North Fork of the South Platte River and The Gunnison River.

The North Fork Meadows:  After all the rain, the North Fork of the South Platte River finally settled down and began to clear.  With rain higher in the valley the North Fork Meadows still spiked occasionally but never got muddy.  The river remained on the higher side for the week and the higher flows made the fishing better.  Lots of big fish were caught and others were lost.  We went back to heavy tippets however smaller flies were the most productive.  For some of the finest Private Water Fly Fishing in Colorado, contact us to book your trip.
The Gunnison River:  The Gunnison starts in Almont, Colorado where the East River and Tailor River join forces.  The section we fished was below the town of Gunnison down to Blue Mesa Reservoir.  There are many public access points here however fishing from a drift boat or raft offers the best fishing.  During the late summer and early fall Kokanee Salmon make their migration up the Gunnison River to the East River and all the way back to Roaring Judy Hatchery.  While the salmon fishing is good this time of year, the trout fishing is even better!  Tons of blue winged olives hatch during the fall and the fish feed heavily.  For some of the best fall fly fishing in Colorado, give the Gunnison River a try. 


Date:  September 8 – September 15

Locations:  

  1. The North Fork of the South Plate River – The Meadows
  2. The William’s Fork River
  3. The South Platte River – The Dream Stream
  4. The Colorado River – Parshall
  5. The South Platte River - Deckers

Flows: 

  1. The Meadows:  190 – 537 CFS
  2. The Williams Fork River:  252 – 357 CFS
  3. The Dream Stream:  100 – 150 CFS
  4. The Colorado River:  350 – 570 CFS
  5. Deckers:  60 – 200 CFS

Bug Hatches: 

  1. The Meadows:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, Red Quills, Blue Quills, Tricos.
  2. The William’s Fork River:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Tricos.
  3. The Dream Stream:  Tricos, Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Caddis.
  4. The Colorado River:  Midges, Tricos, Blue Winged Olives, Caddis.
  5. Deckers:  Midges, Tricos, Blue Winged Olives, Caddis.

Fly Fishing Colorado

Flies:  Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail #20, Parachute Adams #18, Colorado Trout Toad #6, Black Beauty #20, Rainbow Warrior #22, Clouser Minnow #8, San Juan Worm #16, Sparkle Wing Rs2 #20, Dorsey’s Mercury Flash Back Pheasant Tail #20, Barr’s Pure Midge Larva #20, Mercury Midge #20, Buckskin #18, CDC Trico #22, Orange and Chartreuse Micro Egg #18, Shammy Leach #12, Pink Worm #16.

Colorado Fly Fishing Guide:  Capt. Chris Wells

Fly Fishing Report:  This week’s fishing Report is from the “The Meadows” on the North Fork of the South Platte River, The William’s Fork River, The Colorado River, The Dream Stream and Deckers.  This was an interesting week as Colorado received the most amount of rain we have seen in 100 years! 

The North Fork Meadows:  The North Fork of the South Platte River continued to fish well despite all the rain.  The Meadows stayed clear until the end of the week and became off color by Wednesday.  By Thursday, the river was huge and was completely red.  The fishing was tough by the end of the week however we still managed to hook fish.   Fishing bigger, brighter and darker flies was the trick and patience on the angler’s part paid off.
The William’s Fork River:  The Willie’s Fork was fishing at its prime this week with lots of fish being caught.  One afternoon, a huge rain storm dumped about 2 ½ - 4 inches of rain in a thirty minute time frame.  The river completely blew out basically turning it into a gravel road with lots of logs, branches and debris moving down the river.  Fishing became impossible and the day was over.
The Dream Stream:   The Section of the South Platte River known as the Dream Stream was fishing well in the early part of the week.  Flows were stable at 150 CFS and a few of the lake run browns have started to enter the river.  Most fish were taken on nymphs and there were still enough tricos hatching to make for some decent dry fly fishing.  Mid week the flows dropped to 100 CFS pushing most of the fish back into Elevenmile Reservoir.  The river got tough and should get better after a couple of days.  The DOW has started their stream restoration on the river and will be muddying up the lower river for a few days.
The Colorado River:  The Colorado has been fishing extremely well this year and it will continue to be good through the fall.  There are lots of fish eager to rise in the morning making for spectacular dry fly fishing.   Starting at about 8am, midges are hatching and they last for about 3 or 4 hours.  The blue winged olives start at about 11am and continue until about 1pm.  The river off colored with all the rain in the area this week however fishing above the William’s Fork River continued to be good.  Fishing dark streamers or nymphing with pink San Juan Worms and dark may fly nymphs was key in getting the bite.
Deckers:  The South Platte River below Cheesman Canyon fished well this week.  Surprisingly, the river did not blow out with all the rain.  The river has been crowded and has received lots of pressure.  If you can find a piece of water to yourself, look for fish feeding in faster water.  Use your weight to control the speed of your drift and watch the fish eat the fly.  Sight fishing is very important here, most anglers miss fish because they can’t see the fish actually eat the fly.  There has been decent dry fly fishing on cloudy days, lots of midges and blue winged olives. 
If you are planning on Fly Fishing Colorado in the fall, give us a call or send us an email to book your trip.  Our Colorado Fly Fishing Guides have access to permits that can put you on the best rivers for Colorado Fly Fishing. 


Date:  August 31 – September 7, 2013

Locations:  

  1. The North Fork of the South Plate River – The Meadows

Flows: 

  1. The Meadows:  189- 357 CFS

Bug Hatches: 

  1. The Meadows:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, Red Quills, Blue Quills, Tricos.

Flies:  Gray Ghost Midge #18, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail #18, Parachute Adams #12, Green Drake #16, Purple Prince #18, Colorado Trout Toad #6, Black Beauty #20, Rainbow Warrior #22, Clouser Minnow #8, , San Juan Worm #16, Sparkle Wing Rs2 #20, Dorsey’s Mercury Flash Back Pheasant Tail #20.

Colorado Fly Fishing Guide:  Capt. Chris Wells

Fly Fishing Report:  This week’s fishing Report is from the “The Meadows” on the North Fork of the South Platte River.

The North Fork Meadows:  Fall is fast approaching, and the mornings are cool and crisp as the angle of the sun has started to shift towards the south.  That being said, the fishing is still great and will be for a few more months.  The month of September on the Meadows is spectacular.  Blue bird days with comfortable temps in the mid 70’s to low 80’s makes fishing enjoyable.  Most of the fishing this week has been done on nymphs, with streamers being productive in the afternoon.  Big fish have been pushing into the riffles, and with the help of your Colorado Fly Fishing Guide, you will have a decent chance at landing one of these brutes.  If you are interested in the best Colorado fly fishing trip, give us a call to book your date.


Date:  August 23 - August 30, 2013

Locations:  

  1. The North Fork of the South Plate River – The Meadows

Flows: 

  1. The Meadows:  153 – 233 CFS

Bug Hatches: 

  1. The Meadows:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, Red Quills, Blue Quills, Tricos.

Fly Fishing Colorado Guided Trips

Flies:  My Fly # 16, Gray Ghost Midge #18, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail #18, Parachute Adams #12, Green Drake #16, Purple Prince #18, Colorado Trout Toad #6, Jack Dennis’ Amy’s Ant #16, Black Beauty #20, Rainbow Warrior #22, Clouser Minnow #8, , San Juan Worm #16, Sparkle Wing Rs2 #20, Dorsey’s Mercury Flash Back Pheasant Tail #20.

Colorado Fly Fishing Guide:  Capt. Chris Wells, James Spicer

Fly Fishing Report:  This week’s fishing Report is from the “The Meadows” on the North Fork of the South Platte.  The North Fork Meadows:  Every Colorado fly fishing trip we did this week was on the best private water fly fishing ranch in Colorado.  The flows were down a bit down this week however, with all the rain we have been getting the river was spiking almost daily.  Even when the river off-colored, the fish were still willing to eat.  Fishing bigger and darker bugs was key and as the river cleared each afternoon the fish began to eat smaller nymphs.  On days when the river remained clear the dry fly fishing was spectacular.  We are looking forward to what should be great Colorado guided fishing for the rest of the summer and into the fall.  There are still a few dates available so contact us to book your fall fly fishing trip in Colorado.


Date:  August 15 - August 22, 2013

Locations:  

  1. The North Fork of the South Plate River – The Meadows
  2. The South Platte River – Denver
  3. The South Platte River – Cheesman Canyon

Flows: 

  1. The Meadows:  189 – 319 CFS
  2. The South Platte River – Denver:  97 – 381 CFS
  3. The South Platte River – Cheesman Canyon:  147 – 280 CFS

Bug Hatches: 

  1. The Meadows:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, Red Quills, Blue Quills, Tricos.
  2. Cheesman Canyon:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Yellow Sallies, Pale Morning Dunn’s, Tricos.

Flies:  My Fly # 16, Gray Ghost Midge #18, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail #18, Parachute Adams #12, Green Drake #16, Purple Prince #18, Colorado Trout Toad #6, Jack Dennis’ Amy’s Ant #16, Black Beauty #20, Rainbow Warrior #22, Clouser Minnow #8, , San Juan Worm #16, Sparkle Wing Rs2 #20, Dorsey’s Mercury Flash Back Pheasant Tail #20, Barr’s Pure Midge Larva #22, Common Craw Carp Fly, Barry’s Carp Fly, Clouser Swimming Nymph and Backstabber Carp Fly.

Colorado Fly Fishing Guide:  Capt. Chris Wells

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Fly Fishing Report:  This week’s fishing Report is from the “The Meadows” on the North Fork of the South Platte River and the Denver urban corridor section of the South Platte and the infamous Cheesman Canyon. 

The North Fork Meadows:  Most of our Colorado fly fishing trips were on The North Fork of The South Platte River this week and as usual it fished well.  The Green Drakes are still hatching however the Red Quills have really thinned out.  The fishing has been good nymphing in the mornings and the dry fly fishing has started to slow down a bit in the early afternoon. We have had a lot of rain on the river during the afternoons and the cloud cover has been good for streamers. 

The South Platte River (Denver):  The South Platte River in Denver fished tough which is always to be expected.  There were lots of actively feeding carp on the flats however getting a fly to the fish without spooking them was the challenge.  To get in casting position the angler needed to sneak up on the fish with the slowest and quietest of movements.  Once in position, an accurate cast with a perfect presentation was needed to fool the spooky fish.  Almost all shots were blown but one good cast was all that was needed.  One huge carp was landed which was estimated around 20lbs. A handful of small mouth bass were also caught in the deeper and faster water.  To book a guided fly fishing carp trip in Colorado that will truly test your skills give us a call.

Cheesman Canyon:  The Cheesman Canyon section of the South Platte River was tough but good.  There were midges hatching most of the day with sporadic BWO’s in the early afternoon.  During the late morning there were a few PMD’s coming off and the fish were selectively feeding on the emergers.  By the middle of the afternoon the yellow sallies started and a few fish were taken on dead drifted nymphs.  The most productive fly for the day was Barr’s Pure Midge Larva.  The water temps were cold enough to keep major hatches from happening and the trout were pretty selective.  During the middle of the afternoon the cloud cover provided for less spooky fish and a better bite.  Sight fishing was the key which is par for the course.  The picky fish in Cheesman Canyon are some of the toughest and most selective trout Colorado Fly Fishing has to offer.


Date:  August 7- August 14, 2013

Locations:  

  1. The North Fork of the South Plate River – The Meadows
  2. The Colorado River - Parshall

Flows: 

  1. The Meadows:  189- 319 CFS
  2. Colorado River:  425-500 CFS

Bug Hatches: 

  1. The Meadows:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, Red Quills, Blue Quills, Tricos.
  2. The Colorado River:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Yellow Sallies, Gray Drakes, PMD’s, Tricos.

Flies:  My Fly # 16, Gray Ghost Midge #18, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail #18, Parachute Adams #12, Green Drake #16, Purple Prince #18, Colorado Trout Toad #6, Jack Dennis’ Amy’s Ant #16, Black Beauty #20, Rainbow Warrior #22, Clouser Minnow #8, , San Juan Worm #16, Sparkle Wing Rs2 #20, Dorsey’s Mercury Flash Back Pheasant Tail #20, Spent Wing Trico #22.

Colorado Fly Fishing Guide:  Capt. Chris Wells

Fly Fishing Report:  This week’s fishing Report is from the “The Meadows” on the North Fork of the South Platte River and The Colorado River.

Fly Fishing Colorado

The North Fork Meadows:  The Meadows has been fishing great all week even with the flows starting to fluctuate.  Our Colorado fly fishing trips have been starting at about 7:30am to take advantage of the cooler temperatures.  The mornings have been slow on some days and on others they have fished well.  Most of the fish have been in the fast water requiring lots of weight changes and indicator adjustments.  We have had a lot of fun sight fishing to big fish in the fast riffles and the slower deeper pools.  Some of the fish caught have been close to 6 or 8lbs.  The afternoon dry fly fishing in Colorado has been spectacular and the Green Drake and Red Quill hatches have been strong.  The better dry fly fishing has been on days when the flows are down a bit making it easier for the trout to rise.  On the cloudy afternoons we have been fishing big dark streamers and have caught some nice fish.  For one of the best fly fishing trips in Colorado, give us a call to reserve the Meadows.

The Colorado River:  The upper Colorado River has been fishing great all summer with only the mosquitoes keeping anglers away.  There are still a lot of nasty mosquitoes requiring lots of bug spray so being prepared is the key to a comfortable day.  The Colorado River is one of the best places to go fly fishing in Colorado.  The section known to anglers as Middle Park offers miles of public water.  During this time of year the better fishing is below the confluence of the William’s Fork River as the fork dumps in cold water keeping the fish, insect life and anglers happy.  The tricos have been heavy in the morning with the trout eating emergers.  During the spinner fall there are pods of rising fish sipping the tiny little mayflies.  Fall is just around the corner and the browns are getting close to their spawning time.  Pretty soon large browns will start to feed aggressively and streamers will become very productive.  If you’re interested in learning one of the best rivers fly fish in Colorado, contact us and let our Colorado fly fishing guides take you out for a great experience.       


Date: August 6, 2013

Location: The North Fork of the South Platte River – “The Meadows”

River Flows: 298 - 349 CFS

Bug Hatches: Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Yellow Sallies, Caddis, Red Quills, Green Drakes.

Flies: Wellsey’s Worm # 14, My Fly # 16, Gray Ghost Midge #18, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail #18, Parachute Adams #12, Green Drake #16.

Fly Fishing Guide: Capt. Chris Wells

Fly Fishing Report:
Fly Fishing The Meadows Colorado Private WaterToday’s Fishing Report is from the “The Meadows” on the North Fork of the South Platte River. The Meadows fished absolutely lights out! The North Fork Meadows was in perfect condition with good summer flows from Roberts Tunnel and still plenty of water from Geneva Creek and the upper North Fork of the South Platte River. The morning started out with lots of sunshine and some excellent sight fishing opportunities. The fish were feeding heavily on nymphs with Wellsey’s Worm and the Midge Fly being the top bugs. Most of the fish caught in the morning were between 16” – 20” and a few bigger fish were lost. By the afternoon, the clouds rolled in and the green drakes started hatching. On today’s fly fishing trip we caught fish on all three methods using dries, nymphs and streamers. Fishing either a Colorado Green Drake or a Parachute Adams took the most fish off the surface. The biggest fish of the day was landed in the afternoon and it measured out at 24”. To book a guided fly fishing trip in Colorado and reserve your own piece of private water please Contact Us!


Date:  July 29-August 5, 2013

Locations:  

  1. The North Fork of the South Plate River – The Meadows
  2. The William’s Fork River – Colorado River Basin
  3. The South Platte River – The Dream Stream

Flows: 

  1. The Meadows:  298- 349 CFS
  2. The William’s Fork:  330 CFS
  3. The South Platte River:  190 CFS

Bug Hatches: 

  1. The Meadows:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, Red Quills, Blue Quills.
  2. The Williams Fork River:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Tricos
  3. The Dream Stream:  Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Yellow Sallies, Caddis, Tricos, Hoppers.

Colorado Fly Fishing

Flies:  Wellsey’s Worm # 14, My Fly # 16, Gray Ghost Midge #18, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail #18, Parachute Adams #12, Green Drake #16, Purple Prince #18, Colorado Trout Toad #6, Jack Dennis’ Amy’s Ant #16, Black Beauty #20, Rainbow Warrior #22, Clouser Minnow #8, Green Machine # 20, CDC Trico #22, Spent Wing Trico #22, San Juan Worm #16, Buckskin #18, Sparkle Wing Rs2 #20, Dorsey’s Mercury Flash Back Pheasant Tail #20.

Colorado Fly Fishing Guide:  Capt. Chris Wells

Fly Fishing Report:  This week’s fishing Report is from the “The Meadows” on the North Fork of the South Platte River, The William’s Fork River and The Dream Stream section of The South Platte River.

The North Fork Meadows:  The Meadows fished absolutely lights out this week with good summer flows from Geneva Creek and Robert’s Tunnel.  The fishing in the morning has been mainly done with nymphs and during the afternoon there have been good Green Drake and Red Quill hatches offering spectacular dry fly fishing.  Streamer fishing has been good during the late afternoon when the sunlight is a little less intense.  The big fish have been holding in fast water which will test any angler’s skills.  With higher flows, we have been fishing 2X and 3X giving us and advantage in helping us land these huge fish.  The Meadows is the best private water fly fishing Colorado has to offer. 

The William’s Fork River:  The William’s Fork River is one of Colorado’s best kept secrets.  It joins up with the Colorado River near the town of Parshall and it’s a heaven for Colorado Fly Fishing.  The flows are still on the higher side but it has kept other anglers away.  We had almost the entire river to ourselves and the fishing was great.  The mosquitoes were thick on both the Colorado River and The William’s Fork, bug spray and a buff face mask were a must.  If you’ve never fished The William’s Fork River, it’s a must if you are going Fly Fishing in Colorado.

The Dream Steam:  The Dream Stream is located on the South Platte River above Elevenmile Reservoir.  We have been in the parking lot at 6:45am in anticipation of the trico hatch.  The river is gin clear and the fish were chowing hard on emerging tricos and midges.  Nymphing was productive for the first hour and a half and then the fish started keying in on the spent adult tricos.  We switched to dries and a perfect cast followed by a perfect drift took a few fish off the surface.  The trout would rise in a slow and steady pattern and a patient angler was able to get in sync with the trout’s rhythm.  After the trico hatch, we started nymphing again and began to catch fish out of the fast water, riffles and deep seams.  The South Platte River has some of the best dry fly fishing in Colorado.  Summer on the Platte is some of best Fly Fishing Colorado has to offer.