Summit County Weekly Fishing Report
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FRISCO – Recent cold fronts and snow in the county hasn’t just shocked some locals who were looking to get in a few last hikes before the winter came to Summit. Zeke Hersh, owner of Blue River Anglers in Frisco, said that fish and flies also were a bit surprised.
“The cold front dropped the (water temperatures) down past where the fish were ready for,” Hersh said.
Although, this doesn’t mean that hooking a fish has gone the way of 60-degree weather.
“We should still be seeing some good blue-winged olives on the Blue (River) and the Colorado (River),” Hersh said. “Then it’s kind of switching over to winter fishing.”
By that, Hersh is referring to midge and nymph fishing, while focusing as much on the time of day as the fly on the end of the line.
“Fishing between 10 (a.m.) and 2 (p.m.) is some of the best fishing for the winter,” Hersh said.
For now though, anglers can still look to some of the strategies highlighted in this report the past few weeks.
Hersh said the blue-winged olive hatch on the Arkansas River near Salida is “some of the best right now,” and that he has seen the mayfly on the Blue as well.
The best way to tell what to use at this time of the year, Hersh said, is to simply be aware of what’s around you. Hersh said that midges, though they’re hard to see with the naked eye, can simply be spotted by fish coming to the surface. If a trout comes up to eat something that you couldn’t see, most likely it was a midge, Hersh said.
Midges should work for quite a while, too. Hersh said that he fishes dry midge patterns on the Blue through the entire winter, both below Silverthorne and from Frisco to Breckenridge.
“If you’re not seeing dries, though, you should probably switch over to straight nymphing,” Hersh added.
He recommends small mayfly nymphs – pheasant tails and beatis patterns.
As far as midges go, Hersh said Brooks Sprout Midges works well for rising fish.
With fish currently spawning in local waters, Hersh said that another good strategy is to throw egg patterns below a nest. Although, anglers should be aware that fishing directly to a red is considered unethical.
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