Summit County Weekly Fishing Report |

Summit County Weekly Fishing Report

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FRISCO – Though the recent cold weather makes it a bit more difficult to get yourself outside, it hasn’t done anything to make angling any harder.

“I’d actually say it’s pretty simple fishing this time of year,” said Zeke Hersh, owner of Frisco’s Blue River Anglers.

And Hersh said the colder, cloudier and “crappier” days actually make local fishing even better.

“Those cold and rainy or snowy days give some great dry-fly hatches,” he added. “They’re probably some of the best.”

In particular, Hersh was referring to the blue-winged olive hatches in the area. This mayfly is what anglers should look to on any bad-weather days this fall.

On sunnier days, Hersh said that anglers can start using some winter strategies to catch fish, as the beatis hatches won’t be as good on those days.

“When you’re not seeing (that weather), you can use some smaller blue-winged olive nymphs – a pheasant tail and trail it with a midge,” Hersh said.

For now, though, Hersh said that the Kokanee salmon should be making their way up to Dillon and that the brown trout spawn is rapidly approaching.

“It’s a good time of year to be fishing above Dillon,” he added. “There’s also been some really good fishing around the factory stores area in Silverthorne.”

For those looking to get out of Summit County for some angling, Hersh said that the South Platte, near the Dream Stream, has seen some good beatis hatches, and the Colorado River near William’s Fork is also fishing well.

Hersh said that blue-winged olives should work well through mid-November, though dry flies can be used year round.

“There are certain spots in the county that you can fish dries all year between like 10 (a.m.) and 2 (p.m.),” he said.

Once Thanksgiving rolls around, Hersh suggests switching over to winter techniques, such as nymphing – but not quite yet.

“Those (blue-winged olives) love that bad weather,” he said.

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