Summit County Weekly Fishing Report |

Summit County Weekly Fishing Report

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Summit County, Colorado
Summit Daily/Mark Fox

BRECKENRIDGE – All spring and summer, local anglers have been waiting for the waters to be just right for fly fishing. Well, that time has finally come, and as Mountain Angler’s Adam Nabors put it, it’s “prime time” for fishing.

All just in time for the Fourth.

“If people were concerned a month ago about high waters, that’s no longer an issue,” said Nabors, a guide at the Breckenridge shop. ” … Our water levels have stabilized. The water clarity is good. Our water temperatures are coming up to a level that we’re getting a lot of movement out of our aquatic insects, which means good trout fishing. That’s what’s happening across the board.”

And Nabors said there’s no better place, right now, than the middle fork of the South Platte River. He said he and fellow guides have seen caddis hatching in the area, as well as some “sporadic” pale morning duns and drakes.

“The South Platte drainage area is the place to be right now,” Nabors added.

Meanwhile float fishing on the Colorado River has picked up, and Nabors also said the stretch of the river near Parshall is fishing well.

“If you have the right gear and can deal with some mosquitoes up there, you’ll have a good day,” he said.

Nabors recommended using PMDs and caddis.

Right in Summit County, the Blue River has come down and is also fishing really well. Nabors said the flows below the Dillon Dam are still “a bit high” but nothing compared to just a week ago. Caddis, bead-headed pheasant tails and copper Johns should all attract fish.

Above the dam just north of Breck, Nabors said people have been hooking “a lot of fish.” In town and all the way down to the Blue’s inlet at the reservoir, Nabors recommended some sub-surface flies, including some prince nymphs, San Juan worms and egg patterns. Specific tie patterns that have worked well, Nabors said, are the Cap’n Hook, red-headed stepchild and tungsten soft tackle pheasant tail.

The inlet fishing at the reservoir – both from the Blue and Ten Mile Creek in Frisco – should be a great area for beginners to net some fish.

“It’s a great place for beginners to go to right now, because there are a lot of fish stacked up there,” Nabors said.

And there aren’t many areas not fishing well.

“It’s finally summer (fishing),” Nabors said. “The water levels are all very good, and the water temperatures are coming up to a very good level for aquatic insects. It doesn’t get much better.”

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