River fishing has been outstanding as of late for the dry-fly angler, especially the Eagle River in the afternoon and evening. Caddis and stoneflies are good choices and don’t overlook trying a terrestrial. With the drop in water levels the Colorado River — especially the lower sections — has really picked up. Dry fly-fishing is good with a variety of patterns, including hoppers worked tight to the shore.
Tailwaters such as the Blue River below Dillon Reservoir, and the Dream Stream continue to produce solid fishing. The biggest drawback is the heavy pressure and need to fish fine tippets and small offerings.
Under low light conditions, don’t overlook fishing streamers. While they’ll become increasing less effective as the waters warm, big offerings often equate to larger fish. Another big offering to try on deeper runs, especially when dark, is a mouse pattern.
Dillon Reservoir has been slow for most folks no matter how they fish. If you’re just looking to catch a few, nearby Copper Ponds and Officer’s Gulch Pond have been recently stocked.
Wolford Mountain Reservoir continues to see fair kokanee action for those trolling small pink or red spoon 20 to 30 feet down. Tipping the spoon corn is a popular tactic.
Another great option for a day’s outing is the Grand Lake area, where Shadow Mountain, Granby, Willow Creek and Grand Lake are all offering decent action. Of the three, Grand is probably doing best for rainbows, brook trout and the occasional brown in the inlet area. A kayak is a great way to fish this lake. If you’re looking for larger fish, Granby is a good choice; just be aware the lake trout are deep at this time.
South Park waters are generally slow right now. Antero and Spinney are hit or miss with callibaetis patterns producing best. Like most High Country waters this time of year, fish early and late for the best action. Take a nap during the heat of the day. Eleven Mile Reservoir has been producing a few fish trolling spoons and small crankbaits, but no one thing is consistent producer. Keep changing up patterns and speeds until you find a working pattern.
Taylor Park Reservoir has been producing a few pike and trout. Look for both to be relatively deep. Working jigs along drop-offs is a good tactic for northerns right now.
Dave Coulson is the Colorado editor for www.fishexplorer.com. He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Summit Daily News.