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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

With Labor Day past, the number of anglers on the water will drop off sharply, but that is not a sign that the fishing is poor. Quite the opposite, fall offers some outstanding opportunities.

Kokanee snagging season opened Sept. 1 on some waters, notably Green Mountain Reservoir, Granby, Taylor Park and Williams Fork Reservoir.

Early reports indicate the run isn’t in full swing yet, with only a few fish being taken. As the weather cools, look for the action to pick up. Kokanee will take lures and flies even during spawn – red, orange, and chartreuse patterns are often the most effective. Those snagging should consider painting their hooks or adding a strand or two of red or orange yarn to up their percentages.

Area rivers are in great shape – running low and clear. The dry fly action has been solid early and late with caddis patterns being among the top choices. During midday nymphs, such as pheasant tails, midges and caddis are producing. Terrestrials such as ants and hoppers are excellent choices also, especially if there is a breeze. Consider adding a nymph dropper, such as a copper john or caddis emerger, to your hopper, which is a most effective method this time of year.

Brown trout will be in spawning mode shortly, as a result they are becoming increasingly aggressive. Savvy fishers know now is the time to fish either small minnow pattern lures (for a spin fishers) or swing streamers (for fly fishers) through the deeper runs and tailouts, especially during low light. This is one of the best times to tangle with a trophy brown.

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