When it comes to flows across the basin, understanding the path and various dams and reservoirs is critical. There are two primary segments of the South Platte, the North Fork and the South Platte (proper). Both of which play a critical role in supplying downstream water demand.
We will be hosting a 5-hour long, group clinic on a private stretch of Tarryall Creek. Each clinic will start with a run through of the necessary equipment, flies and tactics needed to be successful during the summer. From there, the Colorado Trout Hunter guides will perform on-water demonstrations of how they effectively fish dry and dry dropper setups.
Off-color water during runoff makes it difficult for trout to see. As such, choosing the right color flies can make all the difference. Black, white, purple, red and anything with flash should do the trick. When nymphing, we like to lead with bigger bugs followed by slightly smaller attractor patterns like a Rainbow Warrior, Copper John (red, black or green) or a Flashback Pheasant Tail.
Regardless of the time of year, trout do a majority of their feeding sub-surface. This is why nymphing is arguably the most consistent fishing method. When we make the decision to nymph, we’ve recognized that trout aren’t looking up at the surface. So, unless we see trout suspended in the middle column, our goal is to drift our flies through the deepest water column.
A number of counties have started enforcing “locals only” restrictions and even closures on outdoor activities and public land access within their county lines. So, while fishing is still an “essential activity,” statewide, anglers may not be able to visit their favorite river if it is located outside their residential county. To help anglers better understand the regulations and counties enforcing “locals only” restrictions, we’ve put together a list of counties and their current COVID-19 fishing restrictions.
As mentioned before, Alpine Lakes imply that you are hiking at high elevation. These lakes can be found anywhere from 3,500 feet to 11,00 feet or higher. Most of Colorado’s 2,000 alpine lakes are located between 9,000 and 12,000 feet and are accessible a few miles from the trailheads. So what do you need to carry for your alpine fishing hike? Most of your day hiking essentials will remain the same, but here is a list of tips and recommendations for your adventure.
At FlyCast, it is our mission to help you have the most productive day on the water possible. We’re constantly harping on the role that sky, weather, air pressure, hatch activity and river flow play in having a productive day on the river. While understanding these fundamentals will aid us in understanding where a fish may be holding (runs, pools, riffles, pockets, slack water, etc), what they are likely feeding on or how active they might be, it doesn’t complete the picture. Sure, it will dramatically improve your odds, but physically seeing trout is a different story. We’re not going to butter you up and tell you that sight fishing is easy, nor say that you should pass up fishy water if you can’t spot holding trout, but rather encourage you to take the time to work on your sight fishing skills to improve your odds of landing that dream fish.
Sight fishing will improve your game dramatically. For starters, if you can see the fish, you automatically know you’re not was...
he most efficient way to catch trout is to locate feeding trout. While sighting trout can be tough, practicing and taking time to observe the river before diving in will help train your eyes. Rising trout are obvious targets, but if trout aren’t rising, look for trout suspended in the river or swaying back and forth. These are signs of an actively feeding trout.
The Blue River below the Dillon Dam can be a fickle beast, but is highly regarded for its beefy mysis shrimp eating bows, year-round fishing and its ease of access. While it can be even more challenging this time of year, the winter is one of our favorite seasons to hit the water. In the warmer months, the Troutlets (aptly named for its proximity to the Silverthorne outlets), sees a tremendous amount of angler pressure resulting in ultra picky trout and in some cases a frustrating time on the water. The winter months can be equally frustrating, but if you can manage to weather the cold, you’re bound to have a good time. We’ve found that the Blue is an ideal location for teaching anglers how to properly fish the winter months and we’re excited to announce we will be doing another round of winter fly fishing clinics this year! We booked up fast so stay tuned for more clinics and fish alongs this year. In the meantime, we wanted to give you an update on how the Blue is fishing and talk th...
We will be hosting a 5-hour long, group clinic on the Blue River in Silverthorne on February 22nd. The clinic will start with a run through of the necessary equipment and fly selections needed to be successful during the winter. From there, Danny will perform on-water demonstrations of the tactics he uses to fish cold, clear and shallow water. Once the demonstrations are complete, anglers will have several hours to test what they have learned with oversight from Danny and the FlyCast team.