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

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

A client shows off her catch during a recent trip with Breckenridge Outfitters. Hpper dropper season has arrived in the High Country and Right fly-fishing guides suggest hopper patterns with fairly small dropper flys (16-20).
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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.

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.

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