Colorado fishing report for week July 31 to Aug. 3 |

Colorado fishing report for week July 31 to Aug. 3

Patrick Rudolph
Breckenridge Outfitters
River flows by CFS Upper Arkansas (Nathrop) — 1,380Lower Arkansas (Salida) — 1,140Blue River (below Dillon Reservoir) — 343Blue River (below Green Mountain Reservoir) — 581Colorado River (Windy Gap) — 197Colorado River (Kremmling) — 1,150Eagle River (Minturn) — 145Eagle River (below water treatment in Avon) — 317Eagle River (Gypsum) — 491Middle Fork South Platte River (below Montgomery Reservoir) — 30South Fork of the South Platte (Antero) — 89.6South Platte at “Dream Stream” (below Spinney Reservoir) — 350South Platte at Williams Fork (below reservoir) — 131Note: All CFS (cubic feet per second) data taken on July 31 from U.S. Geological Survey data.

The fishing conditions in and around Summit County have been great! This is the time of the year that local anglers have been waiting for.

Fishing a large, foam terrestrial and dropping a weighted nymph below has been the ticket. If you find yourself in the the midst of a good bug hatch, cut off your dropper and tie the appropriate bug to your foam fly. Be on the lookout for hatches of caddis, PMDs, BWOs, green drakes and yellow sallys.

We have been seeing some larger fish in the Middle and South forks of the South Platte River. These areas provide excellent dry fly-fishing. The upper and lower stretches of the Colorado have been fishing well in the early mornings, evenings and on overcast days. The Eagle River has been fishing great, with big yellow sally hatches every day, and the Williams Fork has been fishing well also, with trout from that area of the Colorado seeking the cooler environments of this beautiful tail water.

Just remember: It’s still the thick of summer out there. The mosquitoes have been hatching in record numbers, so cover up and bring your bug spray. Have fun on the river and tight lines.

Patrick Rudolph 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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