The Eagle River from Minturn on down is fishing outstanding. Flows are perfect for wading, and anglers are having some great days. Many patterns are working, but caddis and terrestrials remain top choices for many. When no obvious hatch is on the water, nymphing is a good option. Attractors such as prince nymphs are doing well. With the hot weather, be sure to check water temperatures and avoid fishing if they’re higher than 70 degrees.
Fishing tailwaters such as the Blue River below Dillon is an option when water temperatures elsewhere are too warm. The Blue has been fishing fair, but with the large number of anglers, the fish are wary, so light tippets, midge patterns and good presentations are needed for success.
Wolford Mountain Reservoir has been producing decent numbers of 3- to 4-year-old kokanee. Now is a good time to start trolling shallow as the fish move up in preparation for spawn in a couple months. However, if you graph schools of fish deeper, consider sitting over them and jigging with brightly colored spoons or jigs. Note that weekend boat traffic has been heavy.
South Park’s Eleven Mile Reservoir has started producing a few larger trout, some fish more than 20 inches. Many have been found full of crayfish, suggesting now is a good time to fish small tube jigs along drop-offs or weed lines. Working woolly buggers or other streamers in a stop-and-go action near the bottom will also work. If size isn’t a consideration, but catching good numbers of fish is, consider heading over to Tarryall Reservoir or Jefferson Lake; both have been producing good action on any number of baits, flies or lures.
There are a myriad of High Country waters that are producing well for fly fishers right now. Those concentrating their efforts early or late in the day are doing well with a fly and bubble rig. The action usually only lasts for an hour or two, but that’s often enough to make one’s day and lots of great memories. Just go fishing.
Dave Coulson is the Colorado state editor for www.fishexplorer.com. He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Summit Daily.