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Summit County fishing report

Dave Coulson
special to the daily

Editor’s note: Dave Coulson is the Colorado state editor for He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Summit Daily News. For more local and regional fishing information, visit

Fishing reports from around the area continue to be mixed. South Park reservoirs are a perfect example: those trolling, using lures or typical baits are getting inconsistent results, whereas the fly fishers are reporting good success.

Top fly patterns are callibaetis, damsel nymphs, caddis and a variety of terrestrials, especially ants. Midges and scuds are also frequently mentioned patterns. The best action occurs during lowlight hours.

Dillon and Green Mountain reservoirs continue to produce a few trout primarily rainbows, especially around the inlets. Working minnow-style lures tight to the shores, especially rocky areas around sunset, has been effective for browns. While no reports have come in, it won’t be long before kokanee start staging near inlets. Watch for them.

Rivers and streams are producing well. Tail water fisheries such as the Fryingpan and Blue rivers are doing well with the ever-popular mysis shrimp and midge patterns, both of which are present year-round.

When there’s a breeze, consider fishing terrestrials, such as ants or hoppers. A hopper dropper is a good technique this time of year. Caddis flies are often heavy, so when surface action is absent consider using pupa or emerger patterns. Then, toward evening be prepared to switch over to dries.

On larger waters such as the Colorado River, don’t hesitate to use streamers or lures and swing them across the tail ends of pools. This will become increasingly effective for browns as the temperatures begin to cool.

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