Labor Day has passed, and there are a number of changes in the air — or soon will be. We can expect rivers to remain low and clear (most days, as storms abate for the year).
With cooler weather, afternoon fishing will be less worrisome, as water temperatures will be cooler than the near 70s we’ve been seeing. The real treat is fewer anglers, and soon, very soon, the browns will become aggressive due to spawn. Big streamers will be the ticket as we move into October. Meanwhile, terrestrial and large attractors, such as Royal Wulffs and humpies, are a good option (away from tailwaters).
South Park waters have been getting a lot of attention recently. Elevenmile waters are starting to clear up after the summer algae bloom, and weeds have peaked for the season. Many are finding the action a bit on the slow side. However, there has been a strong morning bite with the trout working the surface.
Antero is weedy, but don’t let that bother you, as the action has been good and not just with flies; spoons and kastmasters worked tight to the weed line have been working well. This is a good time to work small jigs and streamer flies, also.
Spinney Mountain Reservoir has been treating fishers with a top water pike bite. There’s nothing quite like the surface take from the water wolf. Explosive hardly describes it, especially when fishing top water plugs or flies that are as big as some trout we catch. When they’re not responding to surface presentations, give spinner baits, big spinners, spoons or crankbaits a try. Look for the fish to hold near “edges,” especially if trout are present. If trout are more to your liking, choronimid and callibaetis patterns worked deep below a strike indicator are working well.
Wolford continues to produce a few kokanee, either trolling or with jigs when graphed in deeper water. For the kokanee chasers, other than maybe the Gunnison River run, don’t look for any of the runs to get going for a few more weeks.
Dave Coulson is the Colorado state editor for www.fishexplorer.com. He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Summit Daily.