Update on Front Range Fishing Conditions
Runoff finally peaked and is on its way down on many of the front range streams. After a long and very odd runoff season, area streams are shaping up nicely for the fishing season ahead. Up high there is still a lot of snow which means we should have a good flow of clean, cold water for the rest of the summer.
Boulder Creek: is coming into its own. The flow as of this morning are 303 cfs. While still a touch high, the river is clear and the fish are feisty. Fishing slow moving pocket water and hammering the banks is key. A Chubby chernobyl, Amy’s Ant, or a Hippie Stompers are fishing great as the dry. Fish a frenchie, pheasant tail, hare’s ear, or larger blue poison tung as the dropper. Many fish will come up to the dry, so be prepared for the bite. Concentrate on fishing the slower moving pockets for the best success.
The Big Thompson: Flows below Olympus Dam continue to flow too high for effective fishing. Flows are currently 520 cfs. We recommend fishing elsewhere until the flows drop.
Rocky Mountain National Park: The park is fishing excellent right now! Flows are dropping very quickly, the water is clear, and the fish are eating a variety of bugs. Sight fishing with terrestrials is an excellent tactic to test your skills as an angler. Fishing with a dry dropper is also a great way to fish. Don’t be afraid to fish bigger flies. You’ll be surprised at the results!
Clear Creek: Flows on clear creek are still very high near Golden. Consider fishing up higher to find lower flows and clear water. As soon as the flows drop to 300, the fishing will pick up. It will also be much easier to wade.
Fishing is only going to get better from here. Start planning your summer adventures and take advantage of the great fishing on the front range.