Spring is in the air on the Arkansas River which means unpredictable weather and quick changing fishing conditions. We have a couple nice days of warm weather until the next round of snow comes to the valley and temps will stay colder through the weekend. Fishing during the heat of the day has still been the most productive, look for fish to be the most active from 11am-4pm.
As the days begin to get longer, water temps will begin to rise and fish will move positions quite a bit throughout the day. Most fish will still be holding in slower deeper pools but on warmer days look for fish to start moving into faster water at the head of runs. Midges have been consistently hatching daily and fish have been keyed in a smaller midge patterns. Nymphing has still been the most productive technique but fishing a double dry or dry dropper during a hatch will be the ticket as fish move higher in the water column to feed, streamers have also been putting a few fish in the net.
Give us a call or swing by the shop if you are planning on getting out and need bugs or just some friendly advice. We are open and booking trips 7 days a week.
Duracell’s #14-16, Roza’s Dark Neon Jig #16-18, Roza’s Violet Tailed Jig #14-18, Jakes Soft Hackle Perdigon #16-18, Soft Hackle PT’s #14-18, Various Colors of Perdigons #14-18, Zebra Midge #18-20, Weiss’ BP Perdigon #20, Miller’s Plus One #16-18, Hi Vis Midge #18-20, Griffiths Knat #18-20, Bunny Midge #20-22, Olive Mini Dungeon #6, Olive Skulpzilla #8
The Gunnison has a ton of ice and most of the river will be un-fishable, if you are over on the side checking out the CNR stretch on the Taylor will be your best bet.
The South Platte River “Dream Stream” has been fishing pretty good as of late. The river is low but there are some nice fish in the river currently. Nymphing slow deep pools will be your best bet to find fish. Winter can be a great time to beat the crowds and get a bit of elbow room on a normally crowded stretch of river.
Miracle Midge #18-22, Mayhem Midge #20, Element Midge Hi Vis #20, RS2 Black Foam #20, Red Copper John #18-20, Glow Bugs #16-18, B’s Perdigon Black #20, Boroff’s Hot Belly Baetis #22, San Juan Worm #10-16, P.S. Micro Leech #14, Mini Dungeon Black/Olive #6, Circus Peanut #4