.Runoff is declining nicely on local streams, including in RMNP. We've heard of good fishing on Boulder Creek, South Boulder Creek, the N St Vrain near the River Church outside of Lyons, the S St Vrain above mm 25 on CO 7, RMNP streams, an Ralph price Reservoir at Buttonrock. The South Platte, the Colorado and Arkansas are exceptions; both are running much higher than seasonal averages. BWOs and midges are the primary hatches on tailwaters like the Frying Pan, the Dream Stream and Eleven Mile, with some PMDs and caddis starting to show up. On the Western Slope, the Colorado and Roaring Fork are running hard, above historical seasonal averages. 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|
|125 cfs below Lake Estes
||Midges, very prolific at times. Some caddis.||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. 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|
|181 cfs in Moraine Park
Continuing to drop.
|Midges- very few.||Nymphing- try a beadhead PT or similar trailing a pink SJW. A little dry fly action lately- beetles, ants, hoppers.||Dries:Attractors Nymphs: Pheasant Tail, Micro May, Two-Bit Hooker, Graphic Caddis, Tabou Caddis Emerger, Tarheel Caddis, pink or purple San Juan Worm.|
|431 cfs in Lyons
Ralph Price Reservoir is open. You need a City of Longmont permit.
|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|
|1200 cfs at canyon mouth.
||Midge larvae and pupae, stonefly nymphs and caddis larvae. May be a good year for cicadas.||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.|
|773 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.|
|1270 cfs below Green Mtn Res.||Unknown||Unknown||Same as Silverthorne except Mysis.|
|902 cfs at Avon 1740
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.|
|254 cfs below Reudi Reservoir.||Midges, PMDs and BWOs. 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: BWO/PMD and BWO/PMD emergers, 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.|
|Basalt to Carbondale: 1720 cfs above FP confluence near Basalt. ~2000 cfs at Carbondale.||Stonefly nymphs, midges, BWOs, 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: BWO dries and emergers, caddis patterns. 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: 3080 cfs at Glenwood Springs.||Stonefly nymphs, midges, eggs, BWOs, Green Drakes picking up.||Same as above.||Same as above|
|Parshall: 1424 cfs
Pumphouse: 2980 cfs
Glenwood Spgs: 8340 cfs.
|Midges, stonefly nymphs, a few BWOs at Pumphouse and Parshall. Stoneflies can be found some days.||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. Sreamers also a good choice.||Dries: Small midge dries, Griffith's Gnat, size 20-26 Para Adams, BWOs, black RS-II. 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.|
|87 cfs below Stagecoach.
238 cfs in Steamboat Spgs.
|Stagecoach: Midges, scuds, worms, BWOs.
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: 1250 cfs at Granite.
||Midges and stonefly nymphs, BWOs.||Very cold air and water. You're better off lower down.||Same as BV-Salida below.|
|Buena Vista to Salida: 2450 cfs at Salida.
||Stonefly nymphs, caddis larvae, midges, BWOs||Fishing is tough because of high flows. Focus on the edges.
Dries to match the hatches- dry/ dropper rigs a good choice. Use a BWO emerger (eg, Barr Emerger, Jujubaetis) as the dropper. Stonefly nymph trailing a midge pupa/larva.
|Dries: BWO dries and emergers, RS-II, Tricos, 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: 3210 cfs at Canon City.
||Caddis, golden stone nymphs, mayfly, caddis and stonefly nymphs.||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: #22-26 Para Adams, BWO 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: 4850 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|
|1250 cfs at Deckers.
||Midges and BWOs, golden stones, cranefly larvae, caddis larvae, scuds.||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.|
|1350 cfs below Cheesman Res.||Midges and BWOs, cranefly larvae, caddis and caddis larvae, scuds.||Pretty much the same as the Dream Stream. Fishing is tough, but can be productive.||Pretty much the same as Deckers.|
|906 cfs in Elevenmile Canyon.||Midges, BWO larvae, BWOs, caddis larvae.||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.|
|761 cfs at Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area (Dream Stream).||Midges||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.|
|Grey Reef: 1000 cfs.
Miracle Mile: 1500 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|