Colorado fly-fishing guide for July 10-14, plus river flows |

Colorado fly-fishing guide for July 10-14, plus river flows

Dustin Doss
Breckenridge Outfitters

Summer is here and fishing is picking up fast!

Hopper dropper time is also here. Smaller hopper patterns are starting to turn fish, so time to get into some of those beloved hopper patterns, such as Chubby Chernobyls, Panty Dropper Hoppers and Hippie Stompers. Do not be scared to throw hoppers at fish that are not rising — fish in the Blue River have been actively chasing and hitting hoppers.

Double dry rigs have been fishing well on the Colorado, Arkansas and Eagle rivers. Dropper flys should be fairly small sizes (16-20), but they're effective. Nymphing deep holes will still rope fish that are not feeding on the top water.

The Colorado north of Silverthorne has been fishing great, even with the fire, so fish Pumphouse access down to Gore Canyon, or fish up into the canyon. Local waters like the Blue have been fishing well, even with the pressure of holiday crowds. The South Platte has been producing fish, but the mosquitos have been a deterrent — remember bug spray. Have fun out there and enjoy tight lines.

Dustin Doss is a guide with Breckenridge Outfitters in Breckenridge. Stop by the shop throughout the weekend for flys, updated reports and more.

River flows by CFS
Upper Arkansas (Nathrop) — 1,150

Lower Arkansas (Salida) — 1,090

Blue River (below Dillon Reservoir) — 321

Blue River (below Green Mountain Reservoir) — 787

Colorado River (Windy Gap) — 288

Colorado River (Kremmling) — 1,560

Eagle River (Minturn) — 277

Eagle River (below water treatment in Avon) — 587

Eagle River (Gypsum) — 832

Middle Fork South Platte River (below Montgomery Reservoir) — 34

Middle Fork South Platte River (Hartsel) — 905

South Fork of the South Platte (Antero) — 55

South Platte at “Dream Stream” (below Spinney Reservoir) — 195

South Platte at Williams Fork (below reservoir) — 134

Note: All CFS (cubic feet per second) data taken on July 10 from U.S. Geological Survey data.

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