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Stream Reports
July 19, 2014

General Comments

Runoff has peaked, and flows are down significantly in most of the streams we follow in this report. Tailwaters like the Frying Pan, the Dream Stream and Eleven Mile Canyon are excellent venues now as well. Hardly a day goes by here at the shop that we don't hear reports of how good the fishing is around the state right now, with plenty of pictures to back up the claims.  The Big T in Moraine Park in RMNP is fishing well, and most other streams in the Park are in good fishing shape. We've started to see a few PMDs hatching in the late afternoons, but no significant surface action yet, but dry fly fishing with a variety of patterns is getting hot. The Arkansas above Canon City is fishing very well. Upper stretches of the Poudre are very fishable. It's  a good time to float the Roaring Fork. Keep in mind that the flows reported below are of the day of the report. This time of year the flows change almost daily, so check your favorite at the DNR link below. The hatch information is best case; high, cold water may inhibit hatches, and warmer water will stimulate them.

If you think higher water is not fishable, think again! You just need to adjust your tactics. Higher water pushes fish to the edges, so that's where you want to fish. Nymphing works as usual, but a dry/dropper rig with an attractor dry (Stimi, Amy's Ant, Chernobyl, Charlie Boy) with a San Juan Worm, midge or nymph dropper can be very effective, Streamers and wets are also a good choice this time of year.

Don't forget about lakes and ponds. We have many lakes to fish- Carter, Horsetooth, Boyd, Hanholtz, Red Feather, the Delaneys, Union Res, and on and on. Bass fishing is lots of fun. Try Golden Ponds, Sawhill, Fairgrounds, Lagerman Reservoir, Coot Lake and more. How about carpin' at one of the local hot spots? Get out the gear and go fishin'!

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.

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River and Conditions Hatches/Activity Comments Go To Flies
Big Thompson
129 cfs below Lake Estes
Midges, very prolific at times, caddis, PMDs. Nymphing is your best bet, with double nymph rigs (eg, Flashy,  PT or CJ trailing a Zebra Midge, Deep Blue Poison Tung, Barr Emerger or pink SJW). Midge dries/emergers. Attractor dries with a dropper can work at times. Dries: Griffith's Gnat, Para Adams (#20-26), RS-2. Nymphs: Purple or pink SJW, Prince Nymphs, Hot Wire Prince and golden stonefly nymphs, Deep Blue Poison Tung, Ray Charles, red, black or olive midge larvae, PT, CJ, Hare's Ear,  Tarheel Caddis Larva, Mike's Improved Bling Midge.
Rocky Mountain National Park
96 cfs in Moraine Park
A few PMDs, little brown stones, caddis. Moraine Park is fishing well. You can find other fishable areas on Glacier Creek or the upper Big T- walk the trails and look for quiet water. Nymphing with a beadhead nymph trailing the ever-reliable pink or purple SJW is the go to setup, but the fish are starting to look up, and dry fly fishing is getting better. Try Sprague Lake, Dream Lake or the Loch for lake fishing. Try a damselfly nymph or bugger on Lily or Sprague. Small buggers and dark midge larva patterns should work there. Same as the the Big T above.
St Vrain
175 cfs In Lyons
Unknown Buttonrock Road (CR80) is open only on the lower section. No public access in Lyons. S St Vrain along Hwy 7 has open water. The Ceran St Vrain trail is open and fishing well. The Middle St Vrain above Peaceful Valley/Camp Dick is an option. Same as the the Big T above.
Cache La Poudre
683 cfs at canyon mouth.
Midges, some PMDs, Yellow Sallies, stonefly nymphs and caddis. Fishing well above the North Fork confluence. The higher you go, the better the fishing. Nymphing is your best bet, but watch for trout rising to caddis or the occasional PMD. Attractor dries with a dropper a good choice, too Dries: Larger attractors (Chernobyls, PMX, etc), PMD dries and emergers. Para Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulator. 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 Nymph, 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.
Blue River 
523 cfs below Dillon Res.
Midges, Mysis shrimp The usual tailwater nymphs, midges and San Juan Worms. Mysis patterns are working best. North of town, fish BWO nymphs trailing a San Juan Worm or midge larva. Big attractors working. Dries: Adams/Parachute Adams #16-26, Griffiths Gnat. Nymphs: Barr's Pure Midge, black or gray RS2, Miracle, JuJuBee, Black Beauty, red midge patterns, Mercury Midge, PT, CJ. Hare's Ear, dark to flashy midge larvae and pupae patterns, San Juan Worm, etc.
989 cfs below Green Mtn Res. Midges. Unknown Same as Silverthorne except Mysis.
Eagle River
369 cfs at Avon
761 cfs at Gypsum. 
Midges, BWOs, some caddis, eggs, stonefly nymphs. Nymphing is the best producer. Attractor nymphs trailed by an RS2, midge or mayfly nymph are good combos. Midge and BWO dries will produce during hatches. Streamers have been working well. Fishing is so-so. Best stretch is Avon to Wolcott. Dries: Parachute Adams, BWO and BWO emergers, RS-2. Midge dries like a Griffith's Gnat, BWO, Barr Emerger. Nymphs: Eggs,PT, Micromay, Prince, CJ, etc.  Tarheel Caddis Larva. Streamers:  Black or olive Slumpbusters, black or olive Buggers, etc.
201 cfs below Reudi Reservoir. Midges, good hatches of PMDs, some BWOs. Mysis below the dam. No Green Drakes yet, but they will be hatching soon. Fishing very well right now. Nymphing morning and late afternoons, dries/emergers during midday to afternoon hatches. Dry fly fishing up and down the river is good. Lots of Mysis on the flats below the dam, with some big fish being landed. Dries: PMD and PMD emergers, Melon Quill, midge patterns, Stuck in the Shuck midge emergers, #20-24 BWO Sparkle Duns and Comparaduns, #22-26 Para Adams, Barr Emerger, Jujubaetis, RS-2, grey or black midge dries down to size 30 or 32. 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
Basalt to Carbondale: 767 cfs above FP confluence near Basalt. Stonefly nymphs, midges, eggs, BWOs. Look for quiet water on the edges. Trail a midge larva or BWO nymph behind a big stone nymph. Otherwise, double nymph rigs or driy/emerger combos (during hatches with surface feeding activity) are the order of the day. Fish are to be found in braids, side channels and along the banks. Excellent level for floating. Dries: Same as the Pan. 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: 1580 cfs at Glenwood Springs. Stonefly nymphs, midges, eggs, BWOs. Same as above. Same as above
Parshall: 1087 cfs
Pumphouse: 2580 cfs
Glenwood Spgs: 6930 cfs.
Midges and stonefly nymphs. PMDs and Yellow Sallies at Parshall. PMDs, Yellow Sallies and caddis at Pumphouse. Fish dead drifted wooly buggers or stonefly nymphs in shallower, quieter water. Beadhead nymphs and San Juan Worms are also working. The stretch below the Williams Fork is probably the best area. Dries: Small midge dries, Griffith's Gnat, size 20-26 Para Adams. Nymphs: Pat's Rubberlegs, midge larvae/pupae in red or black, small (18-20) PT and Hare's Ear, RS-II. Streamers: Pat's Rubber Legs. Buggers,  Slumpbuster, Double Bunny, Bunny Leech, Girdle Bugs.
97 cfs below Stagecoach.
268 cfs in Steamboat Spgs.
Stagecoach: Midges, scuds, worms.
Steamboat area: Midges, BWOs. streamers
Nymphing deeper runs and holes. Dries may work during hatches, which are usually pretty sporadic. Dries: 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: 850 cfs at Granite. 198 cfs at Hayden Meadows. Midges and stonefly nymphs, Yellow Sallies, PMDs and Caddis. Dries to match the hatches. Stonefly nymph trailing a midge pupa/larva. Fishing is excellent in the Hayden Meadows area. Same as BV-Salida below.
Buena Vista to Salida: 1300 cfs at Salida.  Stonefly nymphs, caddis larvae, midges, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, hoppers. Larger bead head nymphs trailing a midge pupa/larva or San Juan Worm. Streamers are worth a try. Wade cautiously. Dries: PMDs, PMD emergers, RS-II, Yellow Sallies, Elk Hair Caddis. Nymphs: Golden stones, Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear or Copper John, Zebra Midge, Black Beauty, WD-40 or Top Secret Midge.
Salida to Canon City: 1450 cfs at Canon City. Stonefly nymphs, caddis larvae, midges, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, Caddis. Larger bead head nymphs trailing a midge pupa/larva or San Juan Worm. Streamers are worth a try. Wade cautiously. Dries: Stimis, Humpies and other attractors. #22-26 Para Adams, PMD dries and emergers, Yellow Sallies, Elk Hair Caddis. Nymphs: Prince, 20 Incher, midge larvae and pupae, BH PT, Hare's Ear, chartreuse caddis larva, golden stones, CJ- black, red, chartreuse, Two-Bit Hooker. Streamers: Autumn Splendor, buggers, Pat's Rubber Legs.
Below Pueblo Res: 982 cfs.

BWOs, Midges. Fish Pueblo Reservoir instead of the river. Dries: BWO, BWO emergers, Parachute Adams, RS-2, Griffith's Gnat. Nymphs: Prince,  Copper John, Juju Baetis, Pheasant Tail, Brassie, eggs, San Juan Worm (orange, pink or red), typical tailwater midge patterns. Streamers:  Buggers, Near Nuff Crayfish, Pat's Rubber Legs.
South Platte
457 cfs at Deckers. Midges and BWOs, golden stones, cranefly larvae, caddis larvae. Midge behind a beadhead nymph. Dries for rising fish. Dries: Griffiths Gnat and other midge dries, Para Adams- all very small- #20 and smaller, RS-2, WD-40, Barr Emergers. 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.
479 cfs below Cheesman Res. Midges and BWOs, golden stones, cranefly larvae, caddis larvae, scuds. Pretty much the same as the Dream Stream. Fishing is tough, but productive. Pretty much the same as Deckers.
290 cfs in Elevenmile Canyon. Midges, caddis larvae, baetis larvae, BWOs and a few caddis hatching. Pretty much the same as the Dream Stream. 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.
253 cfs at Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area (Dream Stream). Midges, PMDs Yellow Sallies, caddis, Tricos, caddis. An excellent flow with good fishing right now. Use double nymph rigs or a #24-26 Para Adams to rising fish feeding on BWOs, Elk Hair caddis if they're feeding on caddis. An egg/midge rig has been effective. Dries: RS-2, WD-40, Para Adams, midges, Griffith's Gnat, small PMD patterns and PMD emergers (ie, Barr Emerger), Trico patterns. Nymphs: Red, pink or brown 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. Streamers: Try Autumn Splendors, Woolly Buggers (olive, black, brown), Girdle Bugs in mottled colors.
North Platte
Grey Reef: 3000 cfs.
Miracle Mile: 3050 cfs
Midges, cranefly larva. orange scuds, black Zebra Midge.
PMDs, Yellow Sallies and caddis at Miracle Mile.
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