Weekend Fishing Options
With runoff in full swing, fishing options get slimmer and slimmer this time of year. With that said, we still have plenty of Front Range options. Our guides have been out daily and are finding some very good fishing close to home. Some further away locations are also still fishing well. Hopefully these weekend fishing options help you plan your weekend excursions.
“RMNP creeks are fishing well. Rivers are high, but clear which makes the fish nice and happy. Fish are holding in any little eddy or slower piece of water along the banks. Meadow rivers make sure to hit the banks, those fish will be holding the undercuts. Fish a dry dropper rig, with a very buoyant dry on top to support your nymphs. Worms, pheasant tails, and hare’s ears in the 14-16 size range will catch you fish.” –~ George Gumerman
“With the desire to get away from the city Scott, Steve, Zach and I headed to RMNP to try our luck. Our working patterns were size 18 jigged Hare’s Ears, 16 frenchie, 16 brushhogs and 16 egans tongue. And we noticed that allowing the nymphs to rise up in the middle of our drift triggered an aggressive response from some of the bigger browns. We made sure, in times of little activity, to change the depth at which our nymphs were drifting. When we zeroed in on the proper depth we had great success. Try all different types of depths before switching flies. Trout are opportunistic eaters and with take flies that are directly in from of them.” – Adam Spoerl
Big Thompson – 124 CFS
“Good fishing on nymphs in the am. As nymphs Jigged Prince or PT were the best options just adapting sizes and weights to the water you fish. If the flows hold, the fishing will be productive, but keep an eye on them. It has been up and down almost daily with dramatic flow changes. Steady flows in the 100-300cfs range are great, but if you see a spike, fishing will be more challenging.” ~Antonio Rodrigues
“The flows on the Big Thompson dropped back down to below 200 cfs. This prompted an immediate decision to head up there for my morning trip with 10 year old Henry. The water was still a little of color, but that didn’t stop the fish from eating. Size 14 and 16 HDA’s and black pheasant tails were on the menu and the fish didn’t complain. Concentrate your drifts in areas with moderate flow and depth. I fished a single nymph 24inches below a small indicator. Caddis were in the air and hatching and at times, we caught several fish on the swing, so make sure to fish your drifts all the way to the end.” ~Randy Hanner
South Platte –
Deckers – A little under 400 CFS makes Deckers one of the closest, big river options. It is fishing well and the higher flow is great for nymph and dry dropper fishing. Definitely worth checking out at this current flow.
Cheesman – 380 CFS and fishing lights out. I prefer fishing Cheeseman at a higher flow because I can get away with bigger bugs and the fish seem less picky about drifts. Fish the moving water and you will find plenty of active, happy fish.
Eleven Mile Canyon – A little under 100 CFS makes this tailwater very tempting for anglers wishing to sight fish, fish dries, and enjoy a nice day on the water. Small bugs will be in play, with BWO’s midges, and some sporadic caddis action.
Bear Creek – 95 CFS and slightly stained but fishing well. Certainly the closest option from Denver and Golden areas. Dry dropper fishing should be the ticket with slightly heavier droppers to make sure they get down to where the fish are. Should have some success on caddis and stimulators here as well.
We open at 7 AM on Saturdays so swing by on your way to your destination and we will load you up with flies and get you prepped for your weekend of fishing. Go get wet!