Boulder Creek flows are down considerably, but the fishing is still absolutely superb. Focus on the water below Boulder falls. Above the falls is skinny and the fish are spooky. Try fishing smaller hoppers and dry fly patterns with a small bead head behind. Egan’s Frenchies, Beerhead Baetis, and Two Bit Hookers (olive) have been the nymphs of choice.
Fall BWO have been coming off as well. It is only a matter of time before the fish start keying in on these insects. Stock up on some CDC Comparaduns (BWO), Z-lon Sparkle Duns (BWO), and BWO Extended Duns and you are in business!
Days are getting shorter and shorter. Don’t miss your chance at some awesome fall dry fly fishing.
Dinner was in the oven, so I only had a short window to make a few casts on my drive up the canyon. Unfortunately I had left my gear in another vehicle from the weekend, but luckily I had my Titan Rod Vault on, so I was able to at least make a few casts on a truly gorgeous evening. I stopped mid-canyon about a 1/2 mile below the falls, where the flows are perfect right now. I had a size 14 yellow PMX on with a double dropper consisting of a zebra midge and a rainbow warrior. I picked my way upstream, casting into any water that was slowed by rocks. Hits were about 50/50 on the dry and droppers. The fish are eager and feisty right now, so take advantage of the great fall weather while you can!
Note that flows coming from Barker have been clamped pretty tight, so the water above the falls is extremely skinny right now. Your best bet will be the middle canyon section, or in town, where we have also been receiving great reports!
The Big T has been cruising along at 75 cfs for some time now. Fish have settled into their feeding zones and patterns. Tiny BWOs and Midges are the predominant meals being served to these trout … some of which need to eat more. Try #22 Jujubaetis, Copper Ribbed RS2, or #20 Mole Flys on top. Stick with 7X. From midday on there is a great alternative … Caddis … both on top and as a dropper. On top use an Olive (to green) #18 Elk Hair and 6X. For Droppers use the Electric Caddis or Banskia Bug. There are some large free swimming Caddis larvae in the water.
A19 in the Big Thompson was surprisingly super slow in the morning. Very few fish caught or seen. The rare and random victims took HDA small, Hippie Stomper, and Copper Ribbed RS2′s.
As the afternoon approached there was a massive small baetis hatch with no risers. After that, 3PM, (Water temp 63) fish hit #16 Royal PMX and #22 BH Jujubaetis all over the place.
2Wt Circa, 7X, #22 Jujubaetis … Nice Job Dennis!
Fished Loch vale with my clients yesterday. We had a great day. The wind was pretty gusty for most of the day. Fishing the inlet side of the lake was the best bet due to sighting conditions.
Fish were eager to take small black beatles #16, sunken flies like rainbow warriors and other midge patterns often worked for some of the more selective fish. The inlet fished great with larger terrestrials like a green hippie stomper # 14 or a PMX.
As labor day approaches, crowds will begin to drop off in the park. If you have not made it up here yet, you are missing out. The window to fish the park while weather is still good is getting smaller week by week.
In particular, Wild Basin is fishing very well. Flows are great and the fish are active. Dry dropper was the way to go all day. Hippie stompers and beetles were great on top. Ants were also incredibly productive. Droppers included pheasant tails and rainbow warriors.
The vast majority of the lakes continue to fish well, however some of the higher lakes are already beginning to show signs of fall. The next couple of weeks should be very productive. If you are heading up this labor day weekend, make sure to leave early to secure yourself a parking spot!