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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

One of the best things about fall fishing is the majority of summers anglers are either hunting or watching football. But they’re missing out on some of the best fishing of the year.

Rivers continue to be some of the better fishing bets right now. While tailwaters such as the Blue River below Dillon and Green Mountain Reservoir offer consistent fishing, now is the time to be working the section above Green Mountain.

Browns are getting increasingly aggressive, so while standard dry flies (caddis, midges and terrestrials) and nymphs continue to produce, anglers can also start working streamers. This holds true for the Eagle and Colorado rivers also.

The Blue has another possible opportunity. Keep your eyes peeled for kokanee. Conventional wisdom says they won’t strike a fly or lure – totally false. In fact many standard nymphs work exceptionally well.

Green Mountain is seeing good numbers of snaggers at the inlet area. While a few schools of kokanee are passing through, the action has been slow. Trout fishers are doing much better.

Dillon Reservoir has been recently stocked, so anglers should look for good action around areas easily accessible by car, as this is where the stocking typically occurs. While baits are favored for rainbows, don’t overlook the effectiveness of fly and bubbles.

Other area waters reporting good action are Georgetown Reservoir on the way up the hill. Or consider slipping over the hill to South Park to Jefferson, where good numbers of fish are being caught. Spinney is slower but small jigs and streamers are producing better fish.

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