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Summit County Fishing Report

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE – Ned Parker wasn’t exactly where he wanted to be on Tuesday. It’s not that he doesn’t enjoy being inside of the Breckenridge Outfitters -the fly shop he owns at 100 N Main St. in Breck – there are just places he’d rather be, like say, on the river.

“We talk about it so much in here, I get a little jealous of everybody who’s already out there,” Parker said with a laugh.

And with river conditions beginning to hit their prime in Summit County, who could blame him.

“Compared to this time last month, it’s awesome,” Parker added.

The Blue River is what Parker calls the next “big target” for local anglers looking to snag some trout. The river, which Parker said is still a “little high and dangerous to wade in,” has been dropping daily. His shop had the river logged in at 720 CFS on Wednesday.

” … As soon as that gets down a couple hundred more CFS,” Parker said, “the green drakes are going to start hatching like crazy, as are the PMDs and caddis.”

In areas that have “ideal flows” right now, Parker recommends pulling out the PMDs and caddis, as well as yellow Sallies and some big hoppers.

“Throwing some (hoppers) down there is a good way to get fish to the surface,” he added.

While Parker and his crew have been waiting for the Blue to continue to drop, he said the Colorado has been solid. Though the flow is still a little strong in the wading areas, he expects to start having “really good reports” any day now.

If you’re tired of waiting for the fishing conditions to come to you, Parker recommends heading out to William’s Fork, which he said is “on fire,” or to the Arkansas (near Hayden Meadow) or the Eagle.

Another prime spot, right now, is the Tomahawk Wildlife Area, where Parker said dry droppers, caddis, PMDs and Mayflies should work well.

Since the rivers are now starting to trade their whitewater for some calmer and safer flows, Parker said that conditions are now getting ready for some float fishing, which his guide service offers.

“The float fishing is something that everyone really anticipates,” he said. “We’re just waiting for the Colorado to drop. … I’ve floated it a few times, and it’s ready.”

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at bevans@summitdaily.com.


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