09-10-2021Report by: Madalaine McLaughlin
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park at Fall River.
Flies used: #16 Hi Viz Parachute Caddis with a #18 Zebra Midge. #16 Missing Link Caddis with a #16 Parachute Adams.
Fishing Conditions: Partly cloudy skies, with high temperature 97 degrees. Clear water at 55 degrees.
General Comments: It was a fun day at Fall River. The day was overcast and very warm with light breezes. Started fishing with a Parachute Caddis and a Zebra Midge, and landed a Greenback Cutthroat from the first deeper hole we came to. We rotated between a 7′ 3wt and a 9′ 4wt so that we always had a rod rigged and ready to go if we snagged or needed to clear algae from the flies. Fish were found in the expected places, slower seams between riffles, behind or in front of larger rocks, in eddies along the banks and in slower deep pools. The takes were often very quick and subtle and we missed a few opportunities to hook fish before they expelled the hook. The morning was productive and we walked upriver in the Fall River to the Roaring River, and up to the upper side of the bridge. Lots of Brook trout and Brown trout were caught along the way, and often in surprising low water sections. Fishing double dries was particularly fun. We stopped for lunch and then retraced our initial fishing route in Fall River and caught a couple more fish. But, we caught just that one Greenback for the day. Total fish caught was approximately 20, but we were having so much fun that we both lost count. Overall, it was a really fun day in the park.
Guide: Drew Watson
Wind Conditions: Calm
Flow Level: CFS