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.
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.
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!