Summit County Weekly Fishing Report
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Summit County, Colorado
BRECKENRIDGE – Don’t let the cool temperatures or the blanket of snow over the Ten Mile Range fool you, because it definitely isn’t time to start boxing up the fishing gear for the winter.
That is, unless you want to leave catching some “Big Ones” to those that aren’t opposed to casting in parkas and mittens.
“The best part of fishing this time of year is that most everyone goes home,” said Cory Pierson of Mountain Anglers in Breckenridge. “The fish kind of forget about the pressure they’ve had all summer, and there’s big fish in the river. This is a good time of year for size and numbers.”
And the recent stretch of cloud cover is also a benefit, as Pierson said it’s the perfect time to be throwing beta patterns.
“I definitely think on the cloudy days, it’ll be perfect beta weather,” he said. “It’s absolutely ideal right now.”
People looking for a spot to fish don’t need to travel far right now, either. Pierson said that the Blue River is fishing well, both with its usual plethora of trout and the Kokanee salmon making their way out of both the Green Mountain Reservoir and the Dillon Reservoir.
As far as the Kokanee run goes, Pierson said that it’s starting to heat up as the weather cools off. He said the salmon are “thick” in areas and provide an angler a good chance at landing one.
“If you see one (Kokanee), you’re probably going to see more,” he said. “There can be pockets of 50 to 60 fish, or even more than that.”
The salmon tend to congregate below the surface in deep pools, and Pierson said to try bright-colored works and bright streamers when going after some Kokanee.
This goes for stretches of the Blue above Green Mountain and those heading down into the Dillon Reservoir.
Pierson also said that anglers looking to stay near Breck have good opportunities to land both trout and salmon.
“The area where the river runs under the highway, over by the Stan Miller Pond, is good,” Pierson said.
Again, bright-colored worms and some pheasant tails can do the trick: “You don’t need anything fancy,” Pierson added.
In addition, browns are starting to be active in a number of areas, Pierson said. The “Dream Steam” above the 11-Mile Reservoir is starting to get lots of action from browns. (Pierson suggests beta and midge patterns.)
Overall, Pierson said that most waters are still fishing well, including the Arkansas.
He said that some parachute Adams and RS2s are also good this time of year, but an angler should be looking for more than just the right fly to throw.
“More than figuring out the exact fly – I mean, I like to have a handful of them – you want to know the water column the fish are feeding in,” Pierson said. “That’d be my main advice.”
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-46 34 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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