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Colton and I had a group of 4 anglers out on Saturday morning for a half day on Boulder Creek.  We fished a section around sugar loaf.  The weather was cool and sunny, and warmed up close to 75 degrees by the later portion of the trip.  We used dry dropper rigs for the trip with caddis and ant dry flies and droppers of beadhead midges and small mayfly nymphs.  With the cool start to the morning the fish weren’t eating the flies regularly early.  As the trip progressed the fish started to take flies, and were looking up for the most part.  We had the majority of our action on the dries with a few fish in tucked away pockets taking the subsurface flies.  With the water coming down pretty low and the clarity being gin clear your approach to each hole is becoming more and more important.  We had some decent action past the middle of the trip but the fishing was a little challenging this trip.

FRA Guide Tim Neering

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Fished from 830 to 430, and started up in the meadows then went down into the canyon. Water temp started at about 50 then warmed up to about 63. We saw some action on a size 22 blooming but mostly nymphed all day. Size 26 emerging midges and size 28 tan String on A Hook worked for the meadows. Then in the canyon caddis nymph patterns worked well also 24 zebra midges.

FRA Guide Jacob Stockbrand

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Fall River

Started at 9 and fished till 4 with the water temps starting at 50 then warming up to 55ish. Slow morning for me but right around 1230 caught 2 fish in the riffles, one on a size 16 green hippie stomper and the other on a 16 big bone caddis. After lunch we had a lot of sticks on the same dries and also on size 20 blue poison tung. Most of the strikes were in riffled water or deep troughs in the bends. Caught one more on a size 18 caddis. I’d recommend using size 5x or 6x tippet.

FRA Guide Jacob Stockbrand

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The sustained high 90-degree heat is here, so we decided it was time to head out to Boulder Canyon early in the morning to catch some cool water and active fish. The creek is gradually coming down from runoff and has been fishing pretty good below and above the falls. The clarity in both areas is crystal clear with visibility of 3 feet or so.

We focused more on the lower canyon below the falls and we had some great luck. There were PMDs, caddis and bwo’s flying around and trout were pretty eager to take them off the top. So we stuck to a dry dropper and focused our attention on the intermediate water and sometimes fast water if pockets were visible.
Chubbys(14-16), stubby chubby(16), hippie stomper(14), parachute adams(12-16), and CDC comparadun(14-16) were the most productive flies on top. The nymphs that tended to work really well for us were tungsten torpedo(16), brushhog(14-16), frenchie(14-16), rainbow warrior(16-18), and a tung dart(14-16).

FRA Guide Adam Spoerl

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Glacier Creek and Fall River
Started the day on Glacier Creek at 8 AM. Sun was shining with light cloud cover. Air temperatures in the high 60s.  The water was low, clear, and cold. The fishing picked up throughout the morning, with lots of action on dries.  In longer runs, we caught fish using a size 16 parachute adams.  As clouds intermittently rolled through, midges and mayflies started appearing.  We got fish using dry dropper rigs with chubby chernobyls on top and walts worm and iron lotus patterns on bottom, dropped fairly deep (16 inches).  These fished well in pocket water, and were rotated back out for single natural dries in slower runs.  All in all, we netted about a dozen fish in the first half of the day, consisting of brooks, rainbows, and browns.
After lunch we fished the upper part of the Fall River by the Endovalley picnic area. These fish seemed untouched, and eager to eat anything in front of them.  The air temperature was now in the 80s and it was sunny.  Similar but more shallow dry droppers worked great again, although a single chubby chernobyl worked perfectly on its own.  Fish were found in just about any run or pocket, and we found our biggest fish of the day. We probably landed another 30 fish in the afternoon, many on dries, including a nice sized greenback, completing our grand slam.  Overall, a fantastic day in the park with over 40 fish and a happy customer.
FRA Guide Mitchell Ramba
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We began the day on the water at about 1:30 in the afternoon. Skies were grey and there was light rain present throughout most of our time on the water. Regardless, the water was very clear and flows were around 150 cfs. Bugs were flying around actively. The fish were very active, and could be found in just about any pocket or run we tried. We stuck to dry droppers all day, with some takes on smaller chubbies, and most of our fish on smaller nymphs. Patterns that worked well were perdigons, frenchies, and walts worms, all size 16-18. The droppers worked best shallow, anywhere 12-14 inches below the dry. Toward the end of our day the rain passed and the sun came out, leading to a big hatch of mayflies hovering over the creek.

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Flows were starting to get on the lower end of the spectrum which resulted in higher water temps that ranged from lower to upper 60s. Fishing was very difficult and forced us to cover a lot of water in order to find fish. Olive Baetis in size 16 was the only fly that produced. Weather was clear and beautiful however which still resulted in a fun and educational day on the river.

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Conditions were great with clear skies and water temps ranging from high 50s to low 60s. Effective patterns were a size 18 black perdigon in the deeper pockets and a size 18 PMD on the flat runs. We say both Caddis and Mayfly hatches throughout the day.

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We began by fishing Castle Rock. We then went east about 5 or 10 minutes and fished some holes there. One of my clients. Caught a brown trout there on a size 14 Slim Jim. We used hopper dropper setups, and none of my clients caught anything on the dry flies. The weather was sunny and in the high 80s, low 90s. The river was fairly clear, maybe slightly muddled from the rain yesterday.

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I took one angler out Friday to fish the St. Vrain in Lyons.  The weather was warm and comfortable with overcast skies.  The flow in town was around 50cfs and clear.  We used dry droppers for our rigs with a caddis dry at the surface and small bead head pt droppers.  The morning started hot with fish crashing the caddis and also taking the dropper in riffles.  As our day progressed the action tapered off a little bit, but we were still getting fish.  As the day went on the focus seemed to shift to the droppers.  Overall we had a great day and caught some beautiful fish!

FRA Guide Tim Neering

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