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Reporter: Patrick Perry
 
Report Date: June 26, 2017

Current Conditions:  With snow still in the high country many of the smaller creeks are still running fast. If you can find "soft" water, get you flies down and you should have success. The water still remains clearer than our rivers, so there are oppertunities to catch fish. As far as bugs go, blue wings and pink worms are the insects the trout are targeting. A dry dropper rig is highly recommended for a stealthy presentation. As for the dropper fly, use bwo and caddis emergers and nymphs. If the dry dropper set up isn't working, switch over to small streamers and try different stripping presentations. Tread lightly on the banks to avoid spooking the fish holding close to the banks. 

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

OVERVIEW

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.