Week of 17 May 2021

Fishing report.

With the potential for rain this week, expect water levels to return to normal. We have had an unseasonably dry spring. As waters rise expect to find stained to water. These are some of the best conditions for streamer fishing. They may put the bugs down a little but expect to see caddis, browns, sulphurs making and emergence with the warmer weather to follow. Water temps 52-58 area wide. If your nymphing, you’ll find trout gorging on worms. These rains wash a lot of them into our streams. If that’s not your style, crane fly lava are a huge part if the trout’s diet as well. Caddis are still the main food source on top. If you can find some clear water and see feeding fish. Your traditional elk hair with readily fool them. Have fun.

Get out and fish. – Guide Jerry

Week of May 3rd 2021

Fishing report. With the cooler temperatures this week anticipate water temps to come back down to comfortable. Some water temp readings over the opening weekend were 60+. Trout aren’t so happy but neither is the angler. Expect water temps to drop back into the low to mid 50’s. Water level will return to normal in short order.
Hatches caddis, browns, olives are your main food source. Few fish have begun to take beetles and ants also.
Fishing beneath the surface remains solid with fish really putting on the feed bag. Underneath is a bowl of bug soup right now. Caddis, mayflies, worms, scuds, crane flies, you name it they’re eating it. Don’t stress on the patterns too much. Fish you confidence flies and they will eat. Heck, fish your no confidence flie, drift it right, and they’ll eat. The fish are happy.

Get out and fish!  Guide Jerry

Week of April 26th 2021

Fishing report.

Caddis! Caddis! Caddis!

They are here and in great numbers. For all the dry fly fishers that have been waiting to throw something larger than a size 18 fly. With the warm up this week look for superb dry fly action on our local streams. Carry and array of sizes with you. They are taking anything from size 18(if you’re into that) to size 12 Caddis imitations. Your elk hairs will devastate their dinner plans. Underneath the water(if you insist), pink squirrels, caddis pupas, PT’s all in larger sizes 14-10 are taking fish. They are putting on the feed. Leeches and streamers fished to shaded banks or in off colored water are still taking some very nice fish. Get out and fish! Enjoy this beautiful weather we’ve got coming.

Guide Jerry

Week of 19 April 2021

Fishing report Local waters are still experiencing some off color but expected to clear quickly barring no major rain events. Water temps locally 50-52 area wide. With water temps in the 50s, its caddis time. Lots of Little blacks and a few tans in the mix. BWOs are still around in good numbers. Sizes 18 for little blacks and 14s for tans. BWOs size 18a and 16s. Underneath the surface, caddis pupas, Frenchies, and PTs. When in doubt pink squirrel or San Juan still super effective. All taking fish. With the slightly off colored water streamer and leeches are still catching fish also. Good luck. Get out and fish.

Week of April 5th 2021

Water temps 48-54 area wide. Water levels are low and clear. Fish are spooky but super happy to eat. With the water temps climbing into the 50’s the caddis are starting to make their emergence. Seeing varying sizes on the stream. Anything from size 14-18. With the majority of bugs on the smaller size. Midge and olives are still around. With the latest heat wave they may become less important and the fish will key in on the caddis more. Underneath the surface, fish your buggy bodied nymphs. Pink squirrels, caddis pupas, hares ears, sizes 16s and 14s. If they’re being fussy your size 14-16 PTs will fill the bill nicely. Fish are still really excited about streamers and leeches too. Fish them where you can find some shade. With this weeks forecast for rains the systems will get a good charge. It’s gonna be a great season. Get out and fish! Guide Jerry

Fishing report Week of October 5th 2020

Fishing report for this week;
Water temps mid-day 50-56 degrees. Water levels are at, fall lows. Clear skinny water makes for some challenging fishing but the fish are happy and willing to take flies.
With the cooler fall temps we are see the return of the fall BWO’s that will offer some of the seasons final dry fly fishing. Unlike the spring hatch these b-dubs are much smaller. You may get away with a 16 for a little while but size 18 will fool trout readily. If the system you’re on has not yet had a hard frost the terrestrial fishing is still pretty decent, so don’t discredit your ants, beetles, and hoppers yet. On sunny days bring along a few caddis flies tan to gray size 16-14.
Underneath, fish are beginning to key in heavily on nymphs, baitfish, and leeches. Many fish will readily take a soft hackle fly this time of year, fished how you would a dry. Scruffy flashy nymphs will work just fine. For the hatch guys your PTs, caddis larva, and midge larva in 16s and 18s with a hot spot will fool alot of fish.
Only a week and a half left till the end of the season. Get out and enjoy some terrific fall fishing. – Guide Jerry

Fishing Report for September 21st

The fishing report for this week is:
Stream conditions, little elevated from recent rains with most systems returns to normal this week. Water temps 52-56.
Fish are hungry and looking up. Terrestrials bite is still going good if the fish are coming up and refusing the dry, try dropping a dropper 8-10in below it. A lot of times the fish will come into the dry and take the dropper instead. Try dropping a small beadhead nymph or a soft hackle below your hoppers, crickets, beetles or ants.
The sun and warmer weather this week will give off some nice evening caddis hatches. Size 14-16 elk hairs will fill the bill well.
Its back to leeches and streamers underneath. The fish are moving a long ways to eat a minnow fly or leech fly.
Try drifting some large leggy bugs through deep holes. The fish are very happy with the current water conditions and water temps right now.
Get out and fish!

Week of August 10th 2020

Water temps locally are in great shape! 58-62 on most systems with only a few seeing the mid 60s and above. The recent rains have helped to recharge our systems.
Its trico season. Get out early on the streams and experience some terrific fishing. Still seeing caddis, PMDs, and Iso’s in the evenings. Not too long now and the Ephron’s will be here too.
Mid day- it’s full on terrestrial season out there. Have an array of hoppers, beetles, and ants. Fish the shade when you can. The fish are in full ambush mode and they are very willing to move a long ways for the plop of a terrestrial.
The night fishing is still pretty strong with fish feeding happily on mouse and giant scruffy flies(chubby Chernobyl’s or the likes)skated or shook on the surface.
Remember to bring some water and a thermometer with you. Get out and fish!-Guide Jerry

Week of August 3rd

This weeks fishing report
Water levels locally are at great summer time levels. With the recent warm weather focus your times fishing mornings and evenings.
Its not full born terrestrial season yet…..but….the fish don’t know that! They are happily eating hoppers, beetles, and ants. Especially, with some of the breezy days we have had. Focus your efforts in shaded areas of the stream with over hanging vegetation or tree limbs. Watch for the evening caddis as many of the streams have very good caddis evenings.
With all this hot weather you’ll want to carry a thermometer with you. If the temps get above 65 degrees head somewhere cooler. There are plenty of cold streams around.
Maybe consider night fishing. The mouse bite and streamer bite has been fantastic with some very nice fish caught.
Get out and fish.

Week of 22 June 2020

With recent rain events all local streams are very plump full right now. I would suggest you give it a few days to let the ststems return to normal. The hex and brown drake fishing locally has been pretty good but with this heavy rain fall it will put them down for a little while. If you insist on getting out, try the smaller waters. Some streams are returning to their banks. We are fast approaching terrestrial season as the days are warmer and the water temps warming, carry an array of ants and beetles with you. As far as aquatics, caddis, sulphurs, and brown drakes in the evenings, pre hex will bring some fish to hand. Beneath the surface, large scruffy flies and San Juans are catching fish. With the high water don’t over look streamers. Water temps will vary on our systems 58-66 degrees. Go get em- Guide Jerry!

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