Rivers are quickly receding to normal flows, and at the very least most have cleared substantially. Consequently, barring a thunderstorm, anglers can expect excellent fishing conditions.
On the Eagle River, anglers should look for caddis hatches to start showing and offer some evening dry-fly actions. Until then, Bluewing Olives and Griffiths Gnats are good choices. Don’t hesitate to give ant patterns a try at this time, especially when there’s a breeze. Standard nymphs sizes 18 to 14 and small streamers are going to be the best bet during the day.
The Colorado River from Kremmling all the way down to Glenwood Springs is a solid choice at this time. While the river is still running high, the trout are responding well to larger nymphs, especially stonefly patterns. Streamers continue to work well, as do spinners and minnow patterns. Other river sections to consider at this time include the Williams Fork, the Blue River (above Green Mountain Reservoir) and the Roaring Fork and White rivers. All are fishing well.
For those wanting a road trip, scenery and a shot at some Colorado River cutthroats, consider making a run to Trappers Lake. While the fishing is often a bit challenging, the views make it all worthwhile. One trick at Trappers is to wait for the water to get a ripple on it and then throw large (size 10 or 8) dry attractor patterns, such as a Royal Wulff.
Closer to home and fishing well is Officers Gulch. It was recently stocked, and the rainbow action has been excellent as of late. However, small streamers worked near shore have been producing a good number of brook trout. Waters such as this also respond very well to a fly and bubble presentation, especially during low light.
Dillon Reservoir has filled within a few feet of capacity. Even better, the rainbow action has been steady of late, with folks catching fish on all sorts of bait and lures. Those in boats should give some consideration to bouncing small tube jigs off the rocks and steeper banks. This is a great tactic for brown trout keyed onto crayfish. The inlets are also good areas to pick up smaller kokanee. The best action will be on brightly colored nymphs along the channel areas just off shore from the inlet.
With all the great fishing at this time, it’s difficult to make a bad choice.
Dave Coulson is the Colorado state editor for www.fishexplorer.com. He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Explore Summit Weekender.