Summit County Weekly Fishing Report
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Summit County, Colorado
BRECKENRIDGE – According to Ned Parker, owner of Breckenridge Outfitters, it’ll only be another five to seven days until stream flows start coming down and fishing conditions start picking up.
Although, that doesn’t necessarily mean an anxious angler can’t find some stellar streams right now.
“Flows are just a little bit high, but they’ll start to come down, and you can look for some of those nice, deep holes,” Parker said. “That’s where you’re going to find some big fish.”
Parker said the focus right now should be on the South Platte River, especially the middle fork. The “Dream Stream,” located between Spinney and Eleven Mile reservoirs is running at about 260 cfs right now. Parker said once the flows drop to 200 or lower, that area will be “on fire” for anglers.
On the South Platte, Parker recommends caddis, San Juan worms and pheasant tails (size 14-18.) Fishing above Spinney, streamers may also work well.
Within the county, Parker said anglers are still waiting for the Blue River to come down a bit more. But fishing to those deep holes can bring out some big fish.
Below the Dillon Dam, the Blue is over 800 cfs, but Parker said the soft “water” areas and the sides of the river are good spots to look.
“It’s actually fishing very well down there,” he said.
Mysis shrimp are a good option, and Parker also suggests throwing some attracter nymphs like the San Juan worm. Some caddis emergers and stoneflies should also work well.
Near Breckenridge, the upper stretches of the Blue are fishing well on the section locals refer to as the “steps,” located along Highway 9 between the rec center and Stan Miller Pond. Mayflies, attracters and caddis should work, as well as copper Johns (size 15-18) and RS2s.
Fishing the Blue River’s inlet of the Dillon Reservoir should produce fish as well.
The Colorado River is still running very high, with flows reaching 3,070 cfs near Kremmling. Caddis, stoneflies and streamers could still work, but Parker recommends waiting a bit for the flows to come down more.
The Arkansas River is fishing well, though. Caddis, stoneflies, streamers and copper Johns should work.
Really, Parker said most anglers have their sights set on the upcoming weeks.
“It’s going to get a lot better real soon,” he said.
Tip of the week: Time of day
To pick up on what fish are eating, the easiest way is to watch for hatching patterns.
Parker said that caddis are hatching both early in the morning and in the late evening on the Blue River.
Needless to say, Parker said to look to those times for some good fishing.
“Just around 4 (p.m.) on the Blue near Green Mountain (Reservoir) is great,” he said.
Parker added that sub-surface caddis should work the best.
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