Summit County Fishing Report
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Summit County, Colorado
FRISCO – For Zeke Hersh, owner of Blue River Anglers on Main Street Frisco, right now is the best time of the summer to be casting a fly.
“Conditions are getting better and better everyday,” he said. “Right now, there’s a lot of hatches and bug activity, and even though the rivers are still high, they’re clear.”
And, he added, that means the fish should be hitting.
“Along the banks, they’ll be looking for those dry flies,” Hersh said. “Some of the rivers, you have to be careful wading across, but fishing-wise, activity is good.”
Hersh said that current hatches in Summit County include caddis, smaller stoneflies, mayflies and even a few green drakes and hoppers.
It’s that variety of fly options that can help anglers snag some trout along the Blue River.
“Fish aren’t that picky yet, because they haven’t seen a ton of flies yet,” Hersh said, “and because there are so many out there right now to choose from, they’re hitting on a lot.”
Though there aren’t any bad areas to be fishing in Summit County, Hersh recommends trying the Lower Blue River, in the areas below Silverthorne.
On the South Platte River, the water is dropping and clearing, and as Hersh said, the hatches can be anything from a drake to a stonefly with some “great hopper fishing.”
Hersh said both the Arkansas and Colorado rivers are experiencing similar conditions, and fish are hitting in pockets along the banks.
Regardless of where you might be fishing, Hersh said to simply watch the hatches and figure out what’s in the area.
“You might be there one day and not see any, but they might be there the next day,” he said. “There’s going to be better days than others, but it’s a great time to fish the Lower Blue.”
If conditions aren’t good enough, right now, Hersh expects the rest of the season to be very good.
“We’re going to be in a great situation, just like last year, where we had a ton of water all summer,” he said. “I don’t think we’ll have to worry about low or warm temperatures as far as water goes.
“Look for the fishing to be hot all the way through to September, and the fish should be healthy.”
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