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Reporter: Ray Kyle
Report Date: August 16, 2017

Current Conditions:  High mountain creeks and lakes are on fire! Take a nice hike up and enjoy numerous fish that are waiting for you. The local creeks are in prime shape. Fish are more than happy to take a dry fly. If you are struggling on the dry, try a streamer. Look for where the creeks feed in to the lakes and target the fish there. Do some research and find those natives!

Guide Tip:  Walk lightly and use a dry dropper for a steathy presentaion - if that's not working use a small streamer.

Hatches: Mayflies, Caddisflies, and small Stoneflies

Recommended Files: Small streamers, flashy attractor nymphs, bushy attractor dry flies

Colorado High Country Fly Fishing Report


There are many Colorado High Country locations that hold trout. Most of the trails that lead into the high country go to high mountain lakes. There are also many small streams that flow freely through the mountains and also hold good numbers of fish. For the small fly rod enthusiast, you can enjoy never seeing another fisherman and catching all your fish on dry flies. Stop by the shop and ask for some ideas. Many locations in the Colorado high country are only available to fish for roughly 90 days per year due to snow and other difficult weather conditions. In general the 4th of July is the starting date for accessing more remote areas with most of the snowpack receding to only the highest elevations.

Select the updated graph for a larger version. River Levels


Other Information
Homestake Creek is good option for early Spring season when the High Country is not quite available. Stop by the shop for some advice on how to fish this small creek. Need a guide? We provide Guided Fishing Trips daily, even throughout the winter. Let us show you some tips to catching fish by hiring a guide for the day.