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Stream Reports
September 20, 2014

General Comments
Waters all over the state are in prime condition now, and should stay that way into the fall. Streams in RMNP are in great fishing shape with excellent dry fly action; high lakes are also fishing nicely.  It seems like hatches are running 2-3 weeks late this year, but we've seen Red Quills, PMDs, caddis and lots of little chloroperlid stoneflies- the little chartreuse bugs in about size 18-20. A few BWOs are starting to make the fall reappearance on some waters. The South and Middle St Vrain Creeks are fishing well. Try the stretch above mile 25 along CO 7. The Arkansas above Canon City is fishing very well. Upper stretches of the Poudre are very fishable. 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. 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.

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. 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'!

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River and Conditions Hatches/Activity Comments Go To Flies
Big Thompson
52 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. Fishing has slowed somewhat from the past weeks. Dries: PMD dries/emergers, Elk Hair Caddis, Garcia's Mini-Hot, Stimis, Lime Trude, Para Adams, small hoppers. Nymphs: Pheasant Tail, Micro May, Two-Bit Hooker, Graphic Caddis, Tabou Caddis Emerger, Tarheel Caddis, Prince Nymph. Streamers: Buggers, Pat's Rubber Legs, etc.
Rocky Mountain National Park
29 cfs in Moraine Park.
PMDs, caddis, Gray Drakes, Red Quills Dry fly fishing is fabulous. Fish are looking up, as they say, and are not very picky. Try Sprague Lake, Dream Lake or the Loch for lake fishing. Try a damselfly nymph or bugger on Lily or Sprague. Tiny Para Adams or midge patterns are best at Dream and other high lakes. Small buggers and dark midge larva patterns should work there, too. Dries: PMD dries/emergers, Elk Hair Caddis, Garcia's Mini-Hot, Stimis, Lime Trude, Para Adams, Red Quill, small hoppers, ants, beetles. Nymphs: Pheasant Tail, Micro May, Two-Bit Hooker, Graphic Caddis, Tabou Caddis Emerger, Tarheel Caddis.
St Vrain
62 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 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
192 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 still excellent, but watch for trout rising to eat on top. Attractor dries with a dropper a good choice. 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 
104 cfs below Dillon Res.
Midges, Mysis shrimp, a few Green Drakes The usual tailwater nymphs, midges and San Juan Worms. Mysis patterns are working best. North of town, fish PMDs, Green Drakes and Yellow Sallies. Big attractors working. Dries: Adams/Parachute Adams #16-26, Griffiths Gnat, Green Drake. 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.
769 cfs below Green Mtn Res. Midges. Probably the same as other tailwaters. Unknown Same as Silverthorne except Mysis.
Eagle River
113 cfs at Avon
300 cfs at Gypsum. 
Caddis, Yellow Sallies PMD's Red Quills, terrestrials. Dry flies, dry/dropper rigs. Attractor nymphs trailed by an RS2, midge or mayfly nymph are good combos. Midge, caddis, Yellow Sally and PMD dries will produce. Streamers have been working well. Best stretch is Avon to Wolcott. Dries: Parachute Adams, PMD and PMD emergers, RS-2, Yellow Sally, EHC, Barr Emerger. Nymphs: Eggs, PT, Micromay, Prince, CJ, etc.  Tarheel Caddis Larva. Streamers:  Black or olive Slumpbusters, black or olive Buggers, etc.
264 cfs below Reudi Reservoir. Midges, good hatches of Green Drakes, PMDs, and BWOs. Mysis below the dam. 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: Green Drakes, PMD and PMD emergers, BWO and BWO emergers, Melon Quill, midge patterns, Stuck in the Shuck midge emergers, #20-24 BWO and PMD  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: 510 cfs above FP confluence near Basalt. Stonefly nymphs, midges, eggs, BWOs, Green Drakes picking up. Excellent level for floating. 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. Fish are to be found in braids, side channels and along the banks. 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: 915 cfs at Glenwood Springs. Stonefly nymphs, midges, eggs, BWOs, Green Drakes picking up. Same as above. Same as above
Parshall: 439 cfs
Pumphouse: 1290 cfs
Glenwood Spgs: 2630 cfs.
Midges and stonefly nymphs, Tricos, PMDs, a few BWOs, Red Quills and Yellow Sallies at Parshall. Tricos, 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. Dry Fly action is good. The stretch below the Williams Fork is probably the best area. Dries: Small midge dries, Griffith's Gnat, size 20-26 Para Adams, PMX, Chernobyls, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, Tricos, black RS-II. 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.
91 cfs below Stagecoach.
157 cfs in Steamboat Spgs.
Stagecoach: Midges, scuds, worms, caddis, BWOs.
Steamboat area: PMDs, caddis.
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: 162 cfs at Granite.
130 cfs at Hayden Meadows.
Midges and stonefly nymphs, Yellow Sallies, PMDs and Caddis. Dries to match the hatches- dry/dropper rigs a good choice. Stonefly nymph trailing a midge pupa/larva. Fishing is excellent in the Hayden Meadows area. Same as BV-Salida below.
Buena Vista to Salida: 338 cfs at Salida.  Stonefly nymphs, caddis larvae, midges, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, hoppers. Dries to match the hatches- dry/dropper rigs a good choice. Stonefly nymph trailing a midge pupa/larva. Dries: PMDs, PMD emergers, RS-II, Yellow Sallies, Elk Hair Caddis, larger attractors- Chernobyls, Madame X, PMX, Hoppers, etc. 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: 326 cfs at Canon City. PMDs, caddis, Yellow Sally stoneflies, Golden Stones, Red Quills. Dries to match the hatches- dry/dropper rigs a good choice. Stonefly nymph trailing a midge pupa/larva. 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: 164 cfs.

BWOs, Midges. Fishing has picked up now that flows are at seasonal averages. Nymphing best; dry fly action will pick up as the season progresses. 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
114 cfs at Deckers.
Midges and BWOs, golden stones, cranefly larvae, caddis, Tricos. 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.
101 cfs below Cheesman Res. Midges and PMDs, cranefly larvae, caddis, caddis larvae, scuds. Pretty much the same as the Dream Stream. Fishing is tough, but productive. Pretty much the same as Deckers.
74 cfs in Elevenmile Canyon. Midges, BWO larvae, BWOs, caddis and caddis larvae. 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.
92 cfs at Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area (Dream Stream). Midges, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, caddis, Tricos. 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, Buckskin. 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, Buckskin. Streamers: Try Autumn Splendors, Woolly Buggers (olive, black, brown), Girdle Bugs in mottled colors.
North Platte
Grey Reef: 450 cfs.
Miracle Mile: 800 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