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Summit County Weekly Fishing Report

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Conditions for local anglers are turning south – as in the South Platte River.

“The middle fork is fishing really, really well,” said Peter Sheetz of Breckenridge Outfitters.

Sheetz, a member of the U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Team, said anyone looking to catch some fish should head to either the Tomahawk or Badger Basin wildlife areas.

Caddis are the fly of choice right now.

“Really, any type of caddis is fishing really well,” Sheetz said. “You can catch fish all day.”

Although, if you’re not up for the journey over Hoosier Pass, Sheetz said the Blue River is also fishing well.

Sheetz recommends looking at the Blue’s inlet to the Dillon Reservoir, and with so many hatches in the area, the options are pretty open for anglers. Pale morning duns (size 16-18) are working well, as are caddis, stoneflies, blue-winged olives and black hare’s ears.

Below the Dillon Dam, mysis shrimp have been a fly of choice lately, and Sheetz said caddis, blue-winged olives and some black hare’s ears (size 18) are also working well.

“The flows are at about 109 cubic feet per second,” Sheetz said on Tuesday afternoon. “It changes every day, but it’s really good right now for fishing.”

Although the steps section of the Blue in Breckenridge has been “fished a lot” lately, Sheets said, people are still catching quite a few fish on the easily accessible stretch of the river.

“People are still having a bit of luck there, but the fish are starting to see the same flies,” Sheetz said.

So, Sheetz recommends throwing some parachute Adams (size 16) or a pink San Juan worm (size 12).

All in all, Sheetz said fishing has been great in local waters. But, if you’re looking for the best of the best, that would be the Platte.

“It’s been great lately,” Sheetz said. “In both those wildlife areas, it’s been fishing really, really well.”

Which means, for anglers, it’s time to head south.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 .

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