We went to the upper moraine in the morning within Rocky Mountain and despite the cloudless day we did great! We used a variety of flies throughout the morning but the most productive flies were hotwire princes and poison tungs.
Other flies that worked were amy’s ants, chubby chernobyls, stimulators, and Adams. For subsurface activity we mainly got strikes on size 16 hotwire princes and poison tungs.
Early morning fishing at the Big T means you can get dry fly action on Chubbies. After that it’s best to move to the small stuff, Copper Ribbed RS2s, S&Ms along with 6X. The fish have also been showing some interest on small yellow Elk Hair Caddis.
Fish Creek mud continues to be a problem from time to time, especially after a large rain event.
Surprisingly Bear Creek is still a little high and off color. But it is getting better with every day that passes. Dry Droppers are one of the best rigging options right now. The dropper of choice being either an Electric Caddis or Poison Blue Tung.
We saw BWOs hatching most of the day, although there wasn’t much rising activity in the sun.
Right now Bear Creek is a great option if you’re up for some aggressive wading and love dry flies.
Have you ever though about some urban fishing in Boulder? Well we did and it turned out to be an amazing decision. We fished from the library all the way down to Arapahoe and had a very successful day.
The fish were sitting mainly on the bottom and very rarely came up to the surface. So we went from using chubbys and san juan worms to going to a straight line nymph rig with a good amount of weight to dredge the bottom.
The flies that we had the most success with were san juan worms, jigged HDA, jigged hairs ears, sow bug, pats rubber legs and jigged green drakes. Most of these flies did not need any weight since they are heavy already but some of the lighter trailers do need a weight near the fly.
Just because there are people in town does not mean it wont be a very good day. Stop by the shop and grab the flies that will help you catch 16+ inch fish in town.
As the flows continue to drop, now around 130 CFS near Orodell, Boulder Creek is continuing to fish well. Our most recent trip to the lower Rogers Park area produced plenty of bites and a couple fish landed on the Chubby Chernobyl and some on Zebra Midges and small Frenchies (size 18-20) as a dropper. Most of the pull-offs in the Upper Canyon right now will produce fish; focus on casting behind large rocks, deep pockets, and current seams along the bank but just about anywhere but white water will be holding some fish! I’ve been surprised lately by the amount of fish we’ve been catching in fast, shallow riffles, especially the tail end of them, so this kind of water is definitely not to be overlooked!
Fishing is great in the upper canyon! Our trip began in the morning at Rogers Park with a couple bites right away, but we hadn’t quite mastered our hooksets yet. By the time we made our way upstream a bit, we had it down and it was game on! We landed a couple fish in the area around the old beaver dam then drove a little farther upstream. The Castle Rock area has some great pools to fish and that’s where we spent the rest of the trip. We were able to land one more fish before we headed back down canyon. All fish were caught on size 14-16 chubbys, but we did lose a fish that was caught on a rainbow warrior dropper. Weather was great, the fish were biting, and everyone drove down canyon happy!