Fishing with dry flies is one of the more exciting ways to fly-fish. There’s nothing quite like the visual thrill of watching your fly being eaten. The biggest issue anglers have fishing dries is the tendency to set the hook too soon. Wait until you feel the fish or see your line moving off before lifting your rod to the fish. Setting sooner only pulls the fly away from the fish.
This week the Blue River below Dillon Reservoir is fishing well and anglers are bringing big fish to the net. With the reduced flows the river is now more wader friendly. Good patterns at this time include mysis shrimp, San Juan worms, black and red midge patterns and pheasant tails. Caddis and PMD hatches have been occurring also. Farther downriver the Blue is fishing solid as well, especially just above Green Mountain Reservoir. Spoons, stonefly patterns and hare’s ear patterns are all working.
The Eagle River is offering great dry-fly action. Look for evening caddis fly hatches as well as pale morning duns and small stone flies. Nymphs imitating these insects are also working well throughout the day. Enjoy this river now, while the water temperatures are low. Once we hit August, the higher water temps will slow things down.
The Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers are also great options at this time.
The Twin Lakes area has been fishing well with spoons and — for those not wishing to work so hard — worms have been productive for smaller rainbows. Nearby Turquoise Lake is producing good numbers of small lake trout on small jigs with a little bit of worm or sucker meat. Clear Creek Reservoir is another option in this area and is fishing much the same. Note that the boat ramp at Clear Creek is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
South Park’s Spinney Mountain Reservoir has been seeing lots of wind, and the action has slowed from weeks prior. A better bet is Antero Reservoir, which is producing good number of fish, though few over 12 inches are being reported.
Eleven Mile Reservoir remains full and those trolling pop-gear are producing good numbers of rainbows and an occasional kokanee. Trolling crank baits shallow and early in the day has also been very effective on rainbows and the occasional northern pike.
Dillon Reservoir is full and fishing has been hit or miss. While it may not be your most productive area water, the scenery is hard to beat, especially when it’s so close. Sometimes the best way to enjoy the afternoon is to kick back with a cold one and watch your poles. Bites are a bonus.
Dave Coulson is the Colorado state editor for www.fishexplorer.com. He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Summit Daily.