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Summit County Fishing Report

Editor’s note: Dave Coulson is the Colorado state editor for He contributes

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High Country river and stream fishing remains good in the morning and evening almost everywhere. The biggest issue – due to the low snowpack and high temperatures – is the water temperatures are in the mid-60 degree range and approaching the 70-degree mark midday. Please consider not fishing streams and rivers (other than tailwater) from noon until evening on hot days, especially if you know the water temperatures will be high. The stress on the trout under those conditions can be a killer.

The tailwater below Dillon continues to fish decent, especially midweek when the angler hatch drops off. Early mornings and evenings remain prime times, especially for the dry fly angler. Midges are always a great choice.

The Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir has been decent, especially if you can float it. Effective patterns for the nymph fish are small stonefly imitations and mayflies. Consider trying a Green Drake nymph, as they will be showing soon.

Wolford Reservoir has been reporting excellent kokanee fishing recently. Those trolling small spoons, wedding rings and other typical kokanee lures are doing well early in the day. Take a nap during the heat of the day and return for great surface action in the evenings, mostly rainbows. A fly and bubble rig using smallish black, peacock or brown nymphs, retrieved slowly, very slowly, should produce limits quickly.

Both Antero and Spinney reservoirs are fishing well in South Park. Callibaetis and damsel patterns are getting good reviews, even from shore anglers. No need to fish deep. Most the active fish are coming out of two to six feet of water.