Summit County Weekly Fishing Report
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Summit County, Colorado
Getting a fish to tighten your line is hard enough; trying to do it on a busy stretch of river is even worse.
That’s why Adam Morgan – a guide at Cutthroat Anglers in Silverthorne – said the gall, and especially right now, is a good time to drop a fly in the water.
“What’s great about this time of year,” he said, “is that the fishing is great and the crowds are limited. There aren’t a lot of people on the rivers.”
And that’s not because the fishing has vanished with the 80-degree temperatures. Actually, now is the time when the fishing gets about as good as it can.
“We’re heading into that prime time of year, where all the (water) systems will be fishing really well,” Morgan said.
On most streams in the area, Morgan said its definitely a “small fly affair.”
He said to look to an array of small baetis and midge patterns on the Blue River. Sub-surface fishing is the best option right now on the Blue, Morgan said, but fish have been rising for dries both early in the day and in the evening.
The Colorado River is fishing “awesome,” Morgan said. Streamer fishing has been very effective, especially with a dry-dropper set up with a hopper trailing a tungsten bead-head below it.
“I floated the Colorado (on Monday) and got quite a few fish chasing (the streamers),” Morgan said. “Fish are in pre-spawn mode, so they’re getting active and will chase.”
Morgan said there are still some tricos on the Colorado and small black nymphs – zebra midges, RS2s, bead-headed baetis nymphs, etc. – are working well.
The South Platte River has been fishing similarly, as Morgan said small bugs are again the best approach.
“Any black larva patterns would be a good option,” he said.
Also throwing some small nymphs or hoppers, baetis dries and RS2s should work.
Morgan said anglers have been reporting some very large browns on the Platte, moving into the system from lakes. And the Dream Stream stretch of the river has yielded some big catches recently.
The flows are low on the Arkansas River, and Morgan said a hopper-dropper rig is “ideal.” He said to take a “handful” of generic bead-head patterns, too.
“You can get away with a variety of sizes,” he said.
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