Local waters are, obviously, not fishable, and it will be some time until they are. This is mostly because of access issues, not for lack of fish. Recent electroshocking expeditions have shown healthy trout populations on both the North and South St Vrain Creeks. RMNP streams are beginning to show ice along the edges in the morning, but you can find plenty of open water to fish. Access to Estes Park and RMNP is available via US 36. US 34 opened on Thursday 11/21. There may be some fishing access in the upper canyon, but be sure you can be off the roadway safely. The Big T below Olympus Dam (Lake Estes) is fishing well, and the stretch through town is fishing well, too. Hwy 14 through Poudre Canyon is open and the Poudre is fishing well. Recent reports say the CO 7 from Lyons to Estes Park will open by Dec 1.
Stream flows across the state continue to decline slightly, but most streams are in about the same shape as last week. Tailwaters around the state are looking great, with the exception of the Yampa at Stagecoach, which is closed for habitat restoration work, and will reopen April 1, 2014.
As waters continue to drop on freestones, and as always in crystal clear tailwaters, It pays to use smaller fluorocarbon tippets (6x-7x) and small flies during low water conditions for nymphing. Stick with mono for dry flies.
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|River and Conditions||Hatches/Activity||What's Working||Go To Flies|
|24 cfs below Lake Estes
US 34 Open as of 11/21
|Unknown||Nymphing is the best bet. Double nymph rigs productive (eg, Flashy, PT or CJ trailing a Zebra Midge, Deep Blue Poison Tung, Barr Emerger or pink SJW). Dries/emergers to match the hatch of the moment.||Dries: Para Adams (#16-26), any good BWO or BWO emerger pattern, Barr Emerger, RS-2, Elk Hair Caddis, terrestrials, attractors. Nymphs: Purple or pink SJW, Prince Nymphs, Hot Wire Prince and 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|
|20 cfs on Big T in Moraine Park. Fish still being caught.||Midges||Dry fly fishing is pretty good. Nymphing or dry/dropper rigs. Don't go near the Park without pink and purple SJWs.||Same as the the Big T above.|
|Access is nonexistent, but the fish are in there, based on electroshock surveys.||Match the hatch when fish are rising. Beadhead prince nymph trailing a SJW always a good bet.||Same as the the Big T above.|
|Cache La Poudre|
|319 cfs at canyon mouth.
|Midges, BWOs.||Nymphing still the best bet. Double nymph rigs productive (eg, Flashy, PT or CJ trailing a Zebra Midge, Deep Blue Poison Tung, Barr Emerger or pink SJW). Dries/emergers to match the hatch of the moment. Dry/dropper rigs.||Dries: BWOs and BWO emergers, Para Adams, cicadas, hoppers 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, Tarheel Caddis Larva, Mike's Improved Bling Midge. Streamers: Buggers in black, olive or orange, leech patterns.|
|113 cfs below Dillon Res.||Midges, the usual tailwater stuff. Mysis below Dillon Dam/Res.||The usual tailwater nymphs and midges. Mysis patterns below the dam. North of town, fish BWO nymphs trailing a San Juan Worm or midge larva- dries during hatches.||Dries: Adams/Parachute Adams #20-26, Griffiths Gnat, BWOs #20-24 Nymphs: Barr's Pure Midge, black or gray RS2, Miracle, JuJuBee, Black Beauty, red midge patterns, Mercury Midge, PT, CJ. Hare's Ear, etc.|
|279 cfs below Green Mtn Res.||No reports.||Dry/dropper or hopper dropper rigs. Double nymph rigs.||Dries: BWOs, Para Adams, Griffiths Gnat Nymphs: Stoneflies, Prince, Barr Emerger BWO. Streamers: Girdle Bug, Woolly Buggers|
|93 cfs at Avon
198 cfs at Gypsum.
|Caddis, Midges, BWOs, Eggs||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.||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.|
|90 cfs below Reudi Reservoir. Fishing very well right now.||A few Green Drakes, midges am and afternoon, BWOs and PMDs, caddis, Mysis below the dam.||Nymphing morning and late afternoons, dries/emergers during midday to afternoon hatches..||Dries: #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.|
|Basalt to Carbondale: 333 cfs above FP confluence near Basalt. Approx 250 at Carbondale.||Stonefly nymphs, midges, eggs, BWOs.||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.||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.|
|Carbondale to Glenwood Springs 586 cfs at Glenwood Springs.||Stonefly nymphs, midges, eggs, BWOs.||Same as above.||Same as above|
|Parshall: N/A cfs
Pumphouse: 566 cfs
Glenwood Spgs: 1540 cfs.
|BWOs and Caddis||Nymphing best at Pumphouse; streamers also working well there. Parshall best with dry/dropper rigs, terrestrials.||Dries: , Elk Hair Caddis, Small Hoppers, and Chernobyl Ants. Nymphs: Pat's Rubberlegs, Iron Sallies, Tungsten Yellow Sallies, PT Cruisers, Bubbleback PMD's, #16-#20 Bead Head Pheasant Tails, and Caddis Larva patterns. Streamers: Buggers, Slumpbuster, Double Bunny, Bunny Leech, Girdle Bugs.|
|16 cfs below Stagecoach.
Stagecoach closed for restoration from10/16/13-4/1/14
N/A cfs at Steamboat Spgs.
|Stagecoach: Midges, scuds, worms.
Steamboat area: Midges, BWOs
|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: 116 cfs at Granite.||Caddis, BWOs||Same as BV-Salida below.||Same as BV-Salida below.|
|Buena Vista to Salida: 359 cfs at Salida.||Caddis, BWOs.||Double nymph rigs with a stonefly nymph trailing a caddis larva/pupa. Streamers. Dries to match the hatch or Dry/dropper rigs with attractor dries/terrestrials.||Dries: BWO and BWO emergers. Para Adams (22-26), RS-2, Griffith's Gnat, Elk Hair and other caddis. Stimis, Hummpies ad other terrestrials. 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.|
|Salida to Canon City: 375 cfs at Canon City.||Caddis, BWOs||Same as BV to Salida section.||Same as BV to Salida section.|
|Below Pueblo Res: 73 cfs.
||Caddis, BWOs, Midges.||Double nymph rigs with a beadhead/attractor nymph (esp a big stonefly) trailing a midge larva pattern or SJW. Dry/dropper rigs.||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 Crayfich|
|127 cfs at Deckers.||Midges, BWOs caddis.||Midge behind a beadhead nymph. Dries for rising fish.||Dries: Griffiths Gnat and other midge dries, BWO dries, Para Adams- all very small- #20 and smaller, RS-2, WD-40, Barr Emergers, Elk Hair and other Caddis, Tricos (spinners and sunken). Nymphs: Very small PTs, Hare's Ears, Mercury Midge, Zebra Midge, Rainbow Warrior, eggs, Top Secret Midge. Medallion Midge.|
|110 cfs below Cheesman.||Midges, BWOs caddis.||Midge behind a beadhead nymph. Dries for rising fish.||Dries: Griffiths Gnat and other midges, Para Adams- all very small- #20 and smaller, RS-2, WD-40, Barr Emergers, Elk Hair and other Caddis, Tricos (spinners and sunken). Nymphs: Tan Graphic Caddis, Juju Baetis, very small PTs, Mercury Midge, Zebra Midge, Rainbow Warrior, brown body midge larva, midge pupa patterns,Top Secret Midge. Medallion Midge.|
|41 cfs in Elevenmile Canyon.||Midges, BWOs caddis.||Copper John, SJW, RS-2, Rainbow Warrior, JUjubee, Jujubaetis fished deep. Dries to match the hatch of the moment.||Dries: BWO and BWO emergers. Griffiths Gnat and other midges, Para Adams- all very small- #20 and smaller, RS-2, WD-40, Barr Emergers, Elk Hair and other Caddis. Nymphs: Very small PTs, Mercury Midge, Zebra Midge, Rainbow Warrior, SJW, Top Secret Midge. Medallion Midge.|
|50 cfs at Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area (Dream Stream).||Midges, BWOs, caddis, eggs.||Double nymph rigs, dry or dry/dropper||Dries: RS-2, WD-40, Para Adams, midges, Griffith's Gnat, small BWO patterns and BWO emergers (ie, Barr Emerger) Elk Hair Cddis, Mini-Hot. Nymphs: Red, pink or brown SJW, Chamois Leech, Rojo Midge, Mercury Black Beauty, Brassie, Red PT, Rainbow Warrior, Flashback PT, midge 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.|
|Grey Reef: 500 cfs.
Miracle Mile: 525 cfs
|Midges, cranefly larva. orange scuds, black Zebra Midge. We've had some reports of big fish being caught, and fishing is 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|