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Stream Reports
August 28, 2015

General Comments
Creeks and rivers are for the most part at typical summer flows, and fishing is excellent. We're hearing reports from customers of terrific dry fly fishing all over the state. We've heard of good fishing on Boulder Creek, South Boulder Creek, Clear Creek and RMNP.  The N St Vrain at Buttonrock still has fish, though not as many as before the flood; nonetheless, the stream is in good shape and fishable. The S St Vrain along CO Hwy 7 is also in fine shape, and there are fish to catch; try the reach above mile marker 25. Again. it's not as prolific as it used to be, but there are fish.The South Platte, the Colorado and Arkansas are dropping and fishing well. PMDs, caddis and midges are the primary hatches on tailwaters like the Frying Pan, the Dream Stream and Eleven Mile, with some tricos showing up.  On the Western Slope, the Colorado and Roaring Fork are still running a little above historical seasonal averages, but fishing well. Keep in mind that the flows reported below are of the day of the report.  Check your favorite waters at the DNR link below for up to date flows, or go to our home page for a link to the major streams across the state.. No matter where you go, wade carefully.

Don't forget about local lakes and ponds. We have many lakes to fish- Carter, Horsetooth, Boyd, Hahnholtz, Red Feather, the Delaneys, Union Res, and on and on. 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.

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
60 cfs below Lake Estes PMDs, caddis, midges, very prolific at times. 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: Para Adams, Griffiths Gnat, other midge dries, PMDs, attractors. Nymphs: Prince, Hot Wire Prince, Pheasant Tail, Micro May, Two-Bit Hooker, Graphic Caddis, Tabou Caddis Emerger, Tarheel Caddis, pink or purple San Juan Worm. Streamers: Buggers, Pat's Rubber Legs, etc.
Rocky Mountain National Park
22 cfs in Moraine Park
Fishing is hot.
PMDs, caddis, midges, Red Quills, Gray Drakes. Nymphing- try a beadhead PT or similar trailing a pink SJW. A little dry fly action lately- beetles, ants, hoppers, various mayflies and caddis. Dries: Attractors, PMDs, Para Adams, Elk Hair caddis, hoppers, beetles, ants. Nymphs: Pheasant Tail, Micro May, Two-Bit Hooker, Graphic Caddis, Tabou Caddis Emerger, Tarheel Caddis, pink or purple San Juan Worm.
St Vrain
55 cfs in Lyons
The road to Ralph Price Reservoir is open. You need a City of Longmont permit to fish the Res but not the stream.

 
Unknown Buttonrock Road (CR80) is open now. S St Vrain along Hwy 7 has open water and we've heard of fish being caught above mm 25. The Middle St Vrain above Peaceful Valley/Camp Dick is an option. Same as the the Big T or RMNP above.
Cache La Poudre
56 cfs at canyon mouth. Midge larvae and pupae, stonefly nymphs and caddis larvae, caddis Yellow Sallies. Fishing well above the North Fork confluence. The higher you go, the better the fishing. Nymphing is still excellent: stonefly nymph trailing a worm or midge. Attractor dries with a dropper also a good choice. Focus on the edges Dries: Large attractors- Stimulators, Chernobyls, etc. 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, Hot Wire Prince,  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 
166 cfs below Dillon Res. Midges, Mysis shrimp. The usual tailwater nymphs, midges and San Juan Worms. Mysis patterns are working best. Fish the edges and soft water. Dries: Large attractors for dry/dropprt rigs. 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, San Juan Worm, etc.
776 cfs below Green Mtn Res. Unknown Unknown Same as Silverthorne except Mysis.
Eagle River
106 cfs at Avon
164 cfs at Gypsum. 
BWOs, midges. Attractor nymphs trailed by an RS2, midge or mayfly nymph are good combos. Dries during hatches or as a change of pace. Streamers have been working well. Best stretch is Avon to Wolcott. Dries: Parachute Adams, BWO and BWO emergers, RS-2, EHC, Barr Emerger. Nymphs: Eggs, PT, Micromay, Prince, CJ, etc.  Tarheel Caddis Larva. Streamers:  Black or olive Slumpbusters, black or olive Buggers, etc.
Fryingpan
300 cfs below Reudi Reservoir. Midges, PMDs and caddis. Drake nymphs are active. Mysis below the dam. Fishing very well right now. Nymphing morning and late afternoons, dries/emergers during midday to afternoon hatches.  Lots of Mysis on the flats below the dam as well as further down, with some big fish being landed. Dries: PMD adults and emergers, midge patterns, Stuck in the Shuck midge emergers, #20-24 B, #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
Basalt to Carbondale: 560 cfs above FP confluence near Basalt. ~850 cfs at Carbondale. Stonefly nymphs, midges, PMDs, caddis. Look for quiet water on the edges. Trail a midge larva or BWO nymph behind a big stone nymph. Otherwise, double nymph rigs or dry/emerger combos (during hatches with surface feeding activity) are the order of the day.  Dries: PMD dries and emergers, caddis patterns, Stimis. 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: 905 cfs at Glenwood Springs. Stonefly nymphs, midges, eggs, BWOs, Green Drakes picking up. Same as above. Same as above
Colorado
Parshall: 255 cfs
Pumphouse: 1120 cfs
Glenwood Spgs: 2500 cfs.
Midges, stonefly nymphs, a few PMDs, Yellow Sallies and caddis at Pumphouse and Parshall. Dries to match the hatch. Fish dead drifted wooly buggers, Pat's Rubber Legs or stonefly nymphs in shallower, quieter water along the edges. Bead head nymphs and San Juan Worms are also working. Streamers also a good choice. Dries: Small midge dries, Griffith's Gnat, size 20-26 Para Adams, PMDs, black RS-II, Elk Hair and other caddis. Nymphs: Pat's Rubberlegs, midge larvae/pupae in red or black, small (18-20) PT and Hare's Ear, RS-II, 20 Inchers, Two-bit Hookers. Streamers: Pat's Rubber Legs. Buggers,  Slumpbuster, Double Bunny, Bunny Leech, Girdle Bugs.
Yampa
59 cfs below Stagecoach.
109 cfs in Steamboat Spgs.

 
Stagecoach: Midges, scuds, worms, PMDs.
Steamboat area: PMDs, Red Quills, Golden Stones, midges
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: 246 cfs at Granite. Golden Stones, yellow sallies, brown drakes, caddis, hoppers. Fishing well. Hayden Meadows is a good choice. Dries: Para Adams, Yellow Sally, Stimi, Elk Hair Caddis. 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: 452 cfs at Salida.
 
Golden Stones, yellow sallies, brown drakes, caddis, hoppers. Fishing is excellent. Use dries/dry-dropper rigs to match the hatch, or nymph with a stonefly, caddis or mayfly nymph. Dries: Para Adams, Yellow Sally, Stimi, Elk Hair Caddis. 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: 439 cfs at Canon City. Golden Stones, yellow sallies, brown drakes, caddis, hoppers. Fishing is tough because of high flows.
Focus on the edges. Dries to match the hatches- dry/dropper rigs a good choice. Stonefly nymph trailing a midge pupa/larva. 
Dries: Para Adams, Yellow Sally, Stimi, Elk Hair Caddis. Nymphs: Golden stones, Pheasant Tail, Prince, Hares Ear or Copper John, Zebra Midge, Black Beauty, WD-40 or Top Secret Midge
Below Pueblo Res:  730 cfs,

 
Fishing is tough because of high flows. Focus on Pueblo Res and other nearby lakes and ponds. Tough fishing at this flow. Nymphing best; dry fly action will continue to only get better as the season progresses with BWO and midge hatches. Dries: Trico Spinner #20 - 22, 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
501 cfs at Deckers. Midges, Baetis nymphs, PMD nymphs, and caddis larvae a (pupa) Midge, worm behind a beadhead nymph, scud or cranefly larva. Dries for rising fish. 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. 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.
507 cfs below Cheesman Res. Midges, Baetis nymphs, PMD nymphs, and caddis pupae Pretty much the same as the Dream Stream. Fishing is tough, but can be productive. Pretty much the same as Deckers.
152 cfs in Elevenmile Canyon. Midges, PMDs, caddis, and Tricos Pretty much the same as Cheesman. Fishing is good, but be very careful wading. 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.
137 cfs at Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area (Dream Stream). Midges, aquatic worms, scuds caddis larva, PMD nymphs, and yellow sally nymphs Double nymph rigs: nymph trailing a midge larva/pupa or San Juan Worm. Dries: RS-2, WD-40, Para Adams, midges, Griffith's Gnat, Matt's Midge Buckskin. Nymphs: 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: 1500 cfs.
Miracle Mile: 1000 cfs
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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