Colorado fly-fishing report for weekend of July 21-23 |

Colorado fly-fishing report for weekend of July 21-23

Eric Zamudio
Breckenridge Outfitters
A young angler poses with his quarry after a day on the local rivers. As weather warms up and flows slow down, local guide recommend a mix of dry flys, nymphs and big, ugly streamers for the growing trout on the Colorado, Eagle, South Platte and Blue rivers.
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River flows by CFS

Upper Arkansas (Nathrop) — 1,350

Lower Arkansas (Salida) — 1,210

Blue River (below Dillon Reservoir) — 247

Blue River (below Green Mountain Reservoir) — 575

Colorado River (Windy Gap) — 234

Colorado River (Kremmling) — 1,160

Eagle River (Minturn) — 226

Eagle River (below water treatment in Avon) — 463

Eagle River (Gypsum) — 689

Middle Fork South Platte River (below Montgomery Reservoir) — 31.7

Middle Fork South Platte River (Hartsel) — 905

South Fork of the South Platte (Antero) — 48.8

South Platte at “Dream Stream” (below Spinney Reservoir) — 347

South Platte at Williams Fork (below reservoir) — 98.4

Note: All CFS (cubic feet per second) data taken on July 20 from U.S. Geological Survey data.

Rejoice! The high water has subsided. Despite the intermittent rain storms that have muddied the waters here and there, the fishing has come right around and we are experiencing truly fantastic fishing yet again.

Drys, nymphs and streamers are all in the works right now — if you know what to throw and when.

Of course, the right fly to use is situational and changes day to day at any location.

Keep your eyes peeled for those BWOs with the light cloudy mornings, as well as PMDs.

My personal favorite is the extended-body BWO or PMD in size 20-22 (or even smaller).

If you are struggling to see the little flys, don’t be afraid to tail it behind a Rubber Leg Stimulator, Amy’s Ant or Chubby Chernobyl, which can act as an attractor and a visual cue for that strike.

For nymph rigs, I have been doing very well with Jiggy Princes, Squirmy Worms in the purple or pink, Kyle’s Spring Creek, Mayhem BWOs and JuJus in the purple. For my personal fishing, my ideal rig is a Rubber Leg Stimmy to a Two Bit Hooker, to a JuJu or squirmy depending on the situation. A big ugly streamer with flashbou is never a bad call, but I generally use that just before leaving a hole as to not disturb the water too much (always a good idea to try the less-invasive rigs first). Never be above throwing a streamer!

What rivers are fishing well?

The South Platte has been improving daily, and we are excited to see the fisheries healthy and producing large fish.

The Colorado has come down and we are now able to fish some of our favorite holes more effectively.

The Eagle is rocking and rolling as usual. You gotta love a freestone! Remember folks: When fly-fishing, if you ain’t dying, you ain’t trying.

Eric Zamudio is a guide with Breckenridge Outfitters. Stop by the shop throughout the weekend for updated conditions, flys and everything for a day on the river.

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