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Spring Front Range Fishing

It’s Spring on the Front Range. The rivers may be rising, but the fish are still biting.  Just ask FRA Head Guide Adam.

Unexpectedly the morning of the 20th was a very drizzly day on Boulder Creek up in the canyon. But the views with the low lying clouds on the foothills could not be beaten. In the canyon we found the creek flowing at 140 cfs with the clarity of about 3 feet. So runoff is coming but luckily Boulder Creek isn’t blown out. The water temperature was about 43 degrees but it fluctuated throughout the day.

We had great success on a dry dropper and nymphing rig. Fish tended to hold in the nice soft pools around the banks, but we did happen to catch a few in the main current as long as we could get our nymphs down to the bottom.

Working dries were chubby Chernobyl(12-13), Hippie Stompers(14), Parachute Adams (12-16) and Royal Wulff (14-16). The nymphs that worked on both rigs were squirmy(16), pats rubber legs(14-16), jigged hares ear(12-16) and mini mops(16).

We did not throw any small streamers but are sure they would have worked. Especially a leech pattern.