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Summit County Weekly Fishing Report

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BRECKENRIDGE – According to Mountain Anglers in Breck, not much has changed in terms of fishing conditions in the county.

And that’s definitely a good thing.

“If the dry fly fishing is slow, which it can be hit or miss, you can do a lot of nymphing,” said one worker of the fly shop. “If you hit a hatch, though, life is good.”

Similar to past weeks, the focus for anglers right now should be the blue-winged olive hatches. This mayfly has been working well in local waters, along with egg patterns and the occasional streamer.

Mountain Anglers recommends looking at the Dream Stream on the South Platte River, which is between Spinney and the Eleven Mile Reservoir. Also, the Colorado River, near Williams Fork, has been fishing well.

The Blue River, according to Mountain Anglers, has been a bit more “hit or miss” recently, but stretches between the Green Mountain Reservoir and Dillon Reservoir are still solid.

“There are big fish right in town there,” the shop said of Silverthorne. “The campground access or any of the Division of Wildlife accesses right down to Green Mountain are pretty good.”

With spawning for both brown trout and the kokanee salmon currently going on in local rivers, fishing below a red can work well for anglers, though fishing directly at the nest is considered unethical.

The salmon, as stated by Breckenridge Outfitter’s Ned Parker in last week’s report, tend to be very friendly to flies, especially larger, bright-colored bugs. Parker suggested using a nymph rig with a San Juan worm, copper John or pheasant tail.

The fish loitering below the salmon spawning areas will be looking to feed off loose eggs coming down the river. So, Parker suggested moving downstream after hitting a pod of salmon. Egg patterns should work well in that situation.

In terms of the blue-winged olives, anglers should stick to smaller flies such as RS2s and WD40s.

Fall fishing soon give way to some winter strategies.

“I know a number of guys that are starting to use the tactics they would during the winter time,” Mountain Anglers said.

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