Flows are for the most part at typical winter levels, and fishing is available in open water. As we start moving into the colder part of the year, even smaller lower altitude streams will freeze over. Tailwaters will soon be the order of the day. The South Platte at Deckers, Eleven Mile Canyon, in Cheesman Canyon and the Dream Stream section in South Park should be on your list for late fall and winter fishing. Other great tailwaters include the Taylor River below Taylor Park Reservoir, the Frying Pan River below Reudi Reservoir, the Yampa River below Stagecoach Reservoir, the Arkansas River below Pueblo Reservoir and the Blue River below Lake Dillon. Locally, the tailwater stretch of the Big Thompson below Lake Estes usually fishes well. All of these reservoirs offer ice fishing in the winter as well. In the meantime, the Colorado and Arkansas are fishing well, and the Poudre seems to be holding up. Good reports are still coming from the Eagle. BWOs and midges are the primary hatches on tailwaters. with some 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. After some more cold weather, we'll be into ice fishing season. 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|
|28 cfs below Lake Estes||Midges and sporadic BWOs||Double nymph rigs (eg, Flashy, PT or CJ trailing a Zebra Midge, Deep Blue Poison Tung, Barr Emerger or pink SJW). Midge dries/emergers.||Dries: BWO dries and emergers, midge dries and emergers. 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.|
|Rocky Mountain National Park|
|N/A cfs in Moraine Park
The water is really hard.
One possibility is to snowshoe or ski to Dream Lake and go ice fishing.
|Midges are probably bumping their heads on the underside of the ice.||Cut a hole in the ice, dangle a pink worm and see what happens.||Dries: Nuthin' Nymphs: More nuthin'|
|25 cfs in Lyons
Creek is freezing up.
|Midges and sporadic BWOs.||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.||Same as the the Big T or RMNP above.|
|Cache La Poudre|
|75 cfs at canyon mouth.||Midges and sporadic BWOs.||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.||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.|
|110 cfs below Dillon Res.||Midges, BWOs, Mysis shrimp.||The usual tailwater nymphs, midges and San Juan Worms. Streamers are sometimes a good bet.||Dries: Large attractors for dry/dropprt rigs, or small dries like a Para Adams. 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.|
|254 cfs below Green Mtn Res.||Unknown, but probably similar to the Silverthorne area.||Unknown||Same as Silverthorne except Mysis.|
|65 cfs at Avon
N/A 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, PMD and PMD 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.|
|73 cfs below Reudi Reservoir.||BWOs, Midges, Mysis Shrimp.||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 and BWO 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.|
|275 cfs above FP confluence near Basalt
~350 cfs at Carbondale.
|Caddis, Stoneflies, 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 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: 552 cfs at Glenwood Springs.||Stonefly nymphs, BWOs||Same as above.||Same as above|
|Parshall: N/A cfs
Pumphouse: 447 cfs
Glenwood Spgs: 1500 cfs.
|BWOs, Tricos.||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, terrestrials, Trico and Trico Spinners, BWO dries and emergers, 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.|
|46 cfs below Stagecoach.
100 cfs in Steamboat Spgs.
|Stagecoach: Midges, scuds, worms.
Steamboat area: BWOs, 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.|
|Leadville to Buena Vista: 322 cfs at Granite.||BWOs, midges.||Fishing well. Hayden Meadows is a good choice. Dry/dropper rigs the way to go||Dries: Para Adams, BWO dries/emergers, Stimi, Elk Hair Caddis, ants, beetles, hoppers. 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: 511 cfs at Salida.
||BWOs, midges.||Fishing is excellent. Use dries/dry-dropper rigs to match the hatch, or nymph with a stonefly, caddis or mayfly nymph.||Dries: Para Adams, BWO dries/emergers, 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: 645 cfs at Canon City.||BWOs, midges.||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, BWO dries/emergers, 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: 109 cfs.
||Finally back in fishing shape. BWOs and midges are the primary hatches.||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|
|137 cfs at Deckers.||Midges, Baetis nymphs, and caddis larvae and pupae.||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.|
|114 cfs below Cheesman Res.||Midges, Baetis nymphs, and caddis larvae and pupae.||Pretty much the same as the Dream Stream. Fishing is fair to good.||Pretty much the same as Deckers.|
|56 cfs in Elevenmile Canyon.||Midges, Baetis nymphs, and caddis larvae and pupae.||Pretty much the same as Cheesman. 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.|
|90 cfs at Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area (Dream Stream).||Midges, Baetis nymphs, and caddis larvae and pupae.||Double nymph rigs: nymph trailing a midge larva/pupa or San Juan Worm. Dries to match the hatch.||Dries: RS-2, WD-40, Para Adams, midges, Griffith's Gnat, Matt's Midge. Nymphs: Buckskin, 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.|
|Grey Reef: 500 cfs.
Miracle Mile: 850 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|