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The Pros' Picks

WINTER  HATCHES SUGGESTED NYMPHS/STREAMERS/EGG PATTERNS
Midges:
#20-22 Black Fly Larvae, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #24-26 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Medallion Midges, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Tungsten Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Minute Midge, #20-22 Periwinkle, #20 Pearl Jam, #20-22 Brassie, and #22 Buckskin, #20-22 Chironoflash, #20 Minute Midge, #18-22 Tungsten Flashback Black Beauty.
Blue Winged Olive #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #22 Mercury Baetis, #22 Juju Baetis, #24 Foam Wing Emerger, #22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail
Forage Fish and Leeches:
#8-10 Slump Busters, #8-10 Electric Leech, #6-10 Rabbit Fur Leeches, #8-10 “Buggers” (both Conehead and Beadhead in olive and black), #8-12 Horny Bugger, Grey and White Clouser Minnow, Egg Sucking Leeches, and #10 Deer Hair Sculpins.
Egg Patterns:
#16-18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, and #16 Nuclear Egg




WINTER  HATCHES SUGGESTED DRIES
Midges#24-26 Parachute Adams, #20-24 Griffith Gnat, #22 Matt's Midge, and #20 Cannon's Suspender Midge 
Blue Winged Olive #22 Sparkle Dun, #22 BWO, #22 Snow Shoe Dun, #22 Parachute Adams, and #22 Vis-A-Dun



Spinney Mountain Ranch

The lush meandering, meadow portion of the South Platte between Spinney and Elevenmile Reservoirs is known as the “Dream Stream”.  This beautiful 3-mile section of the Platte offers anglers the opportunity of a lifetime to catch large trout. This fabulous tailwater fishery is located in the heart of South Park, tucked between 14,000 foot snow capped peaks on the west, rich ranchland to the north and south, and Pikes Peak on the east. Spinney is a well-balanced fishery where anglers can catch trout on nymphs, dry flies and streamers.

The river is comprised of prime trout habitat, which includes, riffles, runs, gravel bars, shelves, and undercut banks. Fly-fishers can expect to catch a mixed bag of rainbows, browns, and cutthroats in 16-20 inch range. In addition spring (rainbows, and cutthroats) and fall (browns and kokanee salmon) spawning runs from Elevenmile Reservoir are quite impressive with fish up to 12 pounds landed during a key three-four week period. Ideal flow conditions for “Dream Stream” are between 100 CFS and 250 CFS. The regulations are flies and lures only and all fish must be returned to the water immediately.

Current Conditions

Flow: 85

Clarity: Fair-to-good

Water Temperature: High 30's to low 40's

Major Food Organisms: Midges and sporadic blue-winged olives

Hatches: Midges and sporadic blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast: Anglers should prepare themselves for excellent midge hatches. Make sure you carry plenty of red larva, dark pupae, and adults in sizes 20-22. Egg patterns will remain effective for another two weeks as a few lake-run fish will keep entering the system.

Tips and Other Information: The "Dream Stream" has been fishing fair-to-good for resident fish. The bulk of the catch has been rainbows and cutbows in the 12-16 inch range. In addition to the resident fish, anglers have been catching a few lake-run cutbows, cutthroats, and rainbows. Egg-midge combos have been effective as of late. A size 20 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty and #20 red midge larvae have been especially effective as the dropper fly. If you target the right water (slower pools and slack-water areas), you'll find a decent number of rising fish to adult midges. Small Griffith Gnats (#22-24) and Parachute Adams (#24-26) will fool these surface feeders.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #20-24 Medallion Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Minute Midge, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #20-22 Mercury Black Beauty, #20-22 Mayer's Tube Midge, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #22-24 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, #20-22 Matt's Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnats, and #26 Parachute Adams.

Cheesman Canyon

The picturesque boulder-filled Cheesman Canyon portion of the South Platte River is considered by many one of the most pristine fisheries in the world. This area, often times simply referred to, as “The Canyon” is an experience you’ll never forget. It’s the perfect scenario, magnificent beauty in combination with great flyfishing.

The South Platte River carves its way through a granite canyon lined with ponderosa pines, willows,
fallen tree trunks, and various other assorted ground foliages. Boulders as big as Volkswagens Beetles create structure for the super-selective trout residing in the river. Mule Deer, Black Bear, Raccoons, Mountain Lyons, and Bald Eagles all add to the experience. Anglers can expect to catch mostly large rainbows supplemented with a few nice brown trout. The aforementioned “Canyon” is as technical as they get, and if you can catch trout here, you can catch them anywhere in the world. This three-mile section is primarily a nymphing fishery requiring tiny midge and mayfly imitations with fine 6 & 7X tippets. Ideal flows for Cheesman are between 250 CFS and 400 CFS. The regulations are flies and lures only. All fish must be returned to the water immediately.

Current Conditions

Flow:200

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature: Low 40's

Major Food Organisms: Midges and sporadic blue-winged olives

Hatches: Midges and sporadic blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast: Look for above normal flows for this time of year. Anglers can expect to see good midge and blue-winged olive hatches.

Tips and Other Information: Cheesman Reservoir is 6 inches from flowing over the spillway. Look for flows to continue to rise this week to make room for the snowmelt. Dave Bennett from Denver Water is going to try and keep the river from spilling for the next week or so. That means daily flow increases. He projects we'll see flows up near 800 cfs by the latter part of May. Cheesman Canyon is currently fishing fair-to-good. Anglers will need to target the slower pools, tailouts, and slack water areas. The water is still very cold and the trout are favoring the slower water. Effective patterns have been #20 Rainbow Warriors, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #20-22 Juju Baetis, #20-22 Top Secret Midges, #20-22 Medallion Midges, and #22-24 chocolate Foam Wing Emergers. There have been a few rising fish in the slower tailouts and pools that are feeding on blue winged olives.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Flashback Mercury Black Beauty, #20-24 Medallion Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Chironoflash, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Mercury Flashback RS II, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20 Sparkle Dun, #22-24 Matt's Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnats, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.

Deckers

The mileage below Cheesman Canyon is the renowned Deckers area, a world-class fishery with easy access and lots of opportunity. The best fishing is from Bridge Crossing to the lower boundary of the Tee Pee Club. Like Cheesman Canyon, the fish are challenging to catch, and there is no substitution for a good dead drift. Deckers can offer good dry fly fishing at times but like upstream in the “The Canyon” a good nympher will catch the majority of fish. Anglers can expect to catch assortment of browns and rainbows with some exceeding 20 inches. The river is made up of riffles, runs, shelves and gravel bars, and nice pocket water. The ideal flow for Deckers is between 150-400 cfs. The regulations are two trout over 16 inches in length and flies and lures only.

Current Conditions

Flow: Trumbull 271

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature: Low 40's

Major Food Organisms: Midges and sporadic blue-winged olives

Hatches: Midges and sporadic blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast: Look for excellent midge hatches and sporadic blue-winged olives. Blue-winged olive hatches should intensify by the day. Inclement weather and overcast conditions will provide the best hatches. Flows have been stable for several weeks and should remain that way until low-level run off occurs.

Tips and Other Information: Cheesman Reservoir is 6 inches from flowing over the spillway. Look for flows to continue to rise this week to make room for the snowmelt. Dave Bennett from Denver Water is going to try and keep the river from spilling for the next week or so. That means daily flow increases. He projects we'll see flows up near 800 cfs by the latter part of May. Horse Creek is adding some discoloration below Deckers, but it is minimal. The South Platte River, in and around Deckers, has been fishing fair-to-good. Crowds have been heavy, however, especially above the Deckers Bridge. Anglers can expect to see good hatches of midges and blue-winged olives. Effective rigs have been micro eggs trailed with #18-20 Minute Midges, #18-20 Rainbow Warriors, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #20-22 Juju Baetis, #20-22 Top Secret Midges, #20-22 Medallion Midges, and #20-22 chocolate Foam Wing Emergers. Colorado Parks and Wildlife stocked 3000 fish (8-10 inch rainbows) between the Tee Pee Club and Scraggy View. This should really give the Deckers area another much needed boost! Thank you Jeff Spohn!

Effective Patterns: #20-24 Medallion Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #22-26 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Chironoflash, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Mercury Flashback RS II, 22-24 Sparkle Wing RS II, #22 Sparkle Dun, #22-24 Matt's Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnats, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.

Elevenmile Canyon

The South Platte River below Elevenmile Reservoir is absolutely beautiful. The South Platte River tumbles and twists through a majestic canyon as it carves its way downstream to the small community of Lake George. Parts of the scenic canyon remind you of the fabled Cheesman stretch while others look much like the renowned Deckers area. Elevenmile Canyon is a great winter and early spring fishery with tremendous opportunity to consistently hook nice fish. The river is loaded with Rainbows and Cut-bows with the occasional brown trout.

The average fish ranges between 12 and 17 inches and are strong as an ox. Occasionally you will hook fish between 17 and 24 inches in the upper reaches below the dam. The river is comprised of riffles, runs, shelves, gravel bars, and nice pocket water. The scenery is fabulous with logjams, huge granite boulders, fallen trees, waterfalls, and bald eagles soaring above the canyon’s lip. The ideal flow for Elevenmile Canyon is between 150-250 cfs. The best fishing is in the upper two miles. The aforementioned two-mile stretch is flies and lures only. This section is catch and release and all fish must be returned to the water immediately. Pinch down your barbs and protect this incredible resource.

Current Conditions

Flow:85

Clarity: Good

Water Temperature: Low 40's

Major Food Organisms: Midges and sporadic blue-winged olives

Hatches: Midges and sporadic blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast: Look for excellent midge and blue-winged olive hatches. Inclement weather and overcast conditions will provide the best blue-winged olive hatches. Flows have been stable for several weeks and should remain that way until low-level run off occurs.

Tips and Other Information: Elevenmile Canyon is fishing fair-to-good as of late. Anglers can expect to find intermittent hatches of midges combined with afternoon hatches of blue-winged olives. Egg-midge and egg-Baetis nymph combos have been effective as of late. The dry fly fishing has been good with small (#20-24) Parachute Adams and #20 Sparkle Duns. Look for water levels to increase within the next week or two.

Effective Patterns: #20-24 Medallion Midge, #20 Rainbow Warriors, #22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #22-26 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Chironoflash, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Mercury Flashback RS II, #22-24 Griffith Gnats, #22-24 Matt's Midge, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.

North Fork of the South Platte River

The North Fork of the South Platte River offers yet another opportunity to sample the South Platte River system. The vast majority of this swift, fast flowing stem of the South Platte River is within an hour’s reach of metropolitan Denver, nevertheless, this branch gets over-shadowed by the renowned South Fork. The headwaters of the North Fork, as it is referred to, commence on the eastern side of legendary Kenosha Pass. The North Fork is extremely small and expeditious for the first several miles until it joins forces with diverted water from the bottom of Dillon Reservoir via the Roberts Tunnel. Another tributary—Geneva Creek—further adds a substantial quantity of water to the North Fork near the small town of Grant. This creek is especially influential during run-off as the North Fork swells and becomes high and roily. Several other smaller side-streams also enter the river but are not the magnitude of the two previously mentioned sources of water.

The North Fork is comprised of shallow riffles, runs, and an abundance of pocket water. Deep holes are uncommon throughout this section of river. The water is gin clear, and standard sight nymphing tactics work best on a day-to-day basis. Short-line nymphing is the most effective technique with the heavy brush, small pockets, and quick seams—all of which are key holding areas for the trout. Typically if it looks “fishy”, it generally is, and of course it’s always lucrative to find fish positioned where you think they should be.

Current Conditions

for Boxwood Gulch, Long Meadow, Farmer’s Union, and North Fork Ranch. These are the private leases we guide on. The same conditions are present on all the public water, however, access is limited.

Flow:Very low.

Clarity: FROZEN
br> Water Temperature: FROZEN

Major Food Organisms: Midges and winter stoneflies

Hatches: Midges and winter stoneflies

14 Day Forecast: Look for fishing to improve with the onset of spring. Anglers can expect to find intermittent hatches of midges and winter stoneflies throughout the North Fork corridor.

Tips and Other Information: Boxwood Gulch is scheduled to open up on during the last week of April. Long Meadow, North Fork Ranch and the Meadows should follow suit. We will update the North Fork Report once our guides spend a few days on the water.

Effective Patterns: #18 Black Pheasant Tails, #20 Zebra MIdge, #20-22 Medallion Midge, #20 Rainbow Warriors, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Chironoflash, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS II, #22-24 Griffith Gnats, #22-24 Matt's Midge, and #22-26 Parachute Adams.

William’s Fork River

The Williams Fork River is a top-notch fishery of its own. This beautiful fishery is nestled between the Williams Peaks and Middle Park and is truly a fly-fishing paradise. The two-mile stretch between the upper boundary of the Kemp Unit and the confluence of the Colorado River is a mixture or riffles, runs and pocket water with one of the best populations of brown trout in the “west”. A 30-minute hike to the river keeps the crowds to a minimum. Anglers can catch trout with a variety of methods including nymphs, streamers, and dry flies. The hatches include caddis, blue wing olives, midges, tricos, and red quills. Being a tributary of the Colorado River-spring and fall-spawning runs bring some “lunkers” into the stream. Ideal flows for the “Fork” are between 100-250 cfs. The regulations are flies and lures only and all fish must be returned to the water immediately.

Current Conditions

Flow:277

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature: Low 40's

Major Food Organisms: Midges

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Anglers can expect to find reliable midge hatches both in the a.m. and p.m. Sporadic blue-winged olives have been hatching between 1 and 3 p.m. Look for the hatch to intensify over the course of the next two weeks. Overcast and inclement weather patterns have been producing the best hatches.

Tips and Other Information: Fishing on the Williams Fork has improved with the higher flows. Anglers can expect to catch mostly browns with an occasional rainbow. Flows have been bumped each day over the course of the last week to make room for the huge snowpack. The most effective flies have been #Buckskins, #20 Mercury Flashback Black Beauties, #20 Pearl Jams, #14 San Juan Worms, and #22 Mercury Pheasant Tails. The Williams Fork will continue to fish well with flows up to 300 cfs, after that, the river becomes difficult to negotiate.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Pearl Jam, #22 Periwinkle, #22 Mercury Black Beauty, #22-24 Sparkle Wing RS II, #22 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20 Rainbow Warrior, #20 Buckskin, #22-24 Matt's Midge, #20-24 Griffith Gnats, #24-26 Parachute Adams.

Colorado River

The Colorado River begins its journey in Rocky Mountain National Park and heads west offering anglers several opportunities to sample this great stream. Near the small community of Granby is the confluence of the Fraser River. At this point the river is a meandering, meadow stream flowing through lush ranchland and the river remains this way until it hit Byers Canyon. Byers Canyon is only about one mile long and this section is pretty tough to negotiate, especially during higher flows. Below Byers Canyon the river is “as good as it gets” with many access points including Paul Gilbert, Lone Buck, Kemp-Breeze, Sun Set Ranch, Reeder Creek and the Pump House to Radium stretch. The Colorado is lined with cottonwood trees and willows and is a dry fly paradise. Anglers can expect to catch mostly brown trout and a few large rainbows. The regulations in this area are flies and lures only and all fish must be returned to the water immediately.

Current Conditions

Flow: Parshall No data

Clarity:Good

Water Temperature: High 30's to low 40's

Major Food Organisms: Midges

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Look for spring run-off to prevail. Clarity will change based on warm weather trends.

Tips and Other Information: Currently the river is high and muddy. Look for the clarity to change based on the current weather patterns. If we get a cold snap, the flows will drop and the river will clear a bit. If you opt to the Parshall area, use Pat's Rubber Legs, Black Stoneflies, Black Woolly Buggers, Pink San Juan Worms, chartreuse eggs, and Chamois Leeches. The Colorado River near Kremmling is unfishable with the current flows. I would strongly recommend fishing the Williams Fork if you are adamant about fishing the Parshall area.

Effective Patterns: #10 Pat's Rubber Legs, #14 pink and red San Juan Worms, #10 Chamois Leech, chartreuse eggs, #18 black Pheasant Tails, #20-22 Pearl Jam, #20 Barr's Pure Midge Larva, #20 Rainbow Warrior, #20 Buckskin, #22-22 Sparkle Wing RS II, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, micro eggs, #22 chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Juju Baetis, #22-24 Griffith Gnats, #26 Parachute Adams.

Blue River

Many anglers I know have a love-hate relationship with the Blue River. Just about the time you think you have the river figured out, a humbling experience devastates your ego. The Blue River is a fantastic fishery and a favorite of mine. The Blue certainly is a beautiful as they come, and gives visiting anglers a real sense of “Colorado”. It’s a tough river at times, but a good challenge will always make you a better fly-fisherman. The water is extremely cold coming off the bottom of Lake Dillon. This cold water dictates and controls the feeding window of the trout. It’s not a great morning fishery, but as the water gradually warms up throughout the day, the fishing improves dramatically. The upper stretches of the Blue (from the base of the dam through Silverthorne) holds trophy trout, fattening up on Mysis Shrimp from the lake above. The water is gin clear requiring perfect presentations. Down stream the river changes back in a typical mountain trout stream with a diverse insect life. Several tributaries inter the river before it spills into Green Mountain Reservoir.

The river is  lined with cottonwood trees and willows and is tucked to the east of the beautiful Gore Range. Because the water is so cold the river fishes best from mid-day to dark. Anglers can expect to catch mostly brown trout, a hand full of cut-bows as well as a few rainbows and the river can be excellent with dry fly patterns later in the afternoons and evenings. The hatches include blue wing olives, caddis, red quills, green drakes, pmd’s, and stoneflies. The regulations are catch and release in Silverthorne and on the lower reaches the limit is two trout over 16 inches in length and is artificial flies and lures only.

Current Conditions

Flow: below Dillon Dam 596

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature: High 30's

Major Food Organisms: Midges

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast Flows are above average for this time of year as the Denver Water Board is trying to make room for a huge snow pack. Spring flows will continue to increase as low level run-off occurs.

Tips and Other Information: Fishing has been fair-to-good in the town of Silverthorne. Effective flies include: micro egg patterns, Laney's Mysis, red midge larvae, #24 Top Secret Midges, #20 Minute Midges, #20 Rainbow Warriors, and #22 Black Beauties. The best fishing is between Town Hall and the Dam. Colorado Parks and Wildlife stocked the river several weeks ago so the catch rates have been quite impressive. Flows are getting high, so negotiating the heavy water is now becoming a major concern. Look for the lower river to blow out with the current warm weather trends.

Effective Patterns: #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Parrott's Chironflash,#22 Minute Midge, #18 Laney's Mysis, #20-22 WD 40, #20-22 Periwinkle, #20-22 Pearl Jam, #20-22 Jujubee Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #24-26 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Medallion Midge, #20-24 Mercury Flashback RS II, #22-24 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #22 Brassie, #22-24 Matt's Midge, #22 Cannons Suspender Midge, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.

Clear Creek

In 1988 when the Blue Quill opened its doors, there was very little fly fishing going on in Clear Creek. The river had suffered over one hundred years of mining pollution, channeling and chemical spills along I-70. Since 1983, Clear Creek has been a Federal Super Fund clean-up site and each year the water seems cleaner, the hatches of aquatic insects more abundant and the fishing better and better. Clear Creek is only seven miles from the Blue Quill Angler and is home to a very high number of naturally reproducing brown trout.

The Clear Creek watershed is unique. With a mountain range of 14,000 foot peaks as its western boundary and approximately sixty linear miles of mainstream river water, it hosts a variety of natural habitats and wildlife populations. Much of Clear Creek is open to fishing from Golden all the way west to Georgetown. There are many pull-offs on HWY 6 and lots of access points on the service road that parallels I-70. Much of the river is channeled and rocky and can be a dangerous stream to fish especially during run-off though it remains a popular Front Range stream for kayaks and rafts.

Despite the inerrant problems with the environment, Clear Creek can be a very fun and exciting stream to fish with a stimulator or a bead head dropper. The fish are often pushed over on the edges and seem to be behind every rock. Czech nymphing techniques can also be very productive. Clear Creek is the perfect place for an afternoon or evening of fly fishing without the long drive necessary to many other spots and offers many miles of productive angling with low angling pressure.

Flow: Lawson 46

Clarity: Good

Water Temperature: Low 30's

Major Food Organisms: Midges

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Creek is open and fishing well

Tips and Other Information: Fish are holding in traditional winter locations and are slow to eat so be patient. Find water that gets good sun and you will be rewarded. Smaller offerings are a must right now fished deep and slow.

Effective Patterns: #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Parrott's Chironflash,#22 Minute Midge, #18 Laney's Mysis, #20-22 WD 40, #20-22 Periwinkle, #20-22 Pearl Jam, #20-22 Jujubee Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #24-26 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Medallion Midge, #20-24 Mercury Flashback RS II, #22-24 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #22 Brassie, #22-24 Matt's Midge, #22 Cannons Suspender Midge, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.

Bear Creek

Bear Creek begins at Mt. Evans, one of the first 14,000' peaks just beyond the Front Range of the Rockies. The creek gains steam as it heads down and flows through a lot of private property on Upper Bear Creek. It then dumps into Evergreen Lake, the water supply for the town of Evergreen. The lake is stocked with Rainbows throughout the Summer months as well as Tiger Musky which are a true challenge to catch!! There are also resident Browns in the lake that are pushing 20+ inches and are super elusive.

Once leaving the lake, it joins with Cub Creek and flows through town. Fishing in the town of Evergreen is a true blast with tons of fish ranging in the 10 to 14 inch range. Smaller line weight rods and Caddis flies are the way to go in the Summer months as you can really get your fix!!! Bear Creek continues through the small towns of Kiteridge, Idledale and eventually ends up in Bear Creek Lake. Fishing can be especially good at several parks along the way like Lair of the Bear, Corwina and O'Fallon. Bear Creek si a great resource for a quick fishing trip to get your fill

Flow: Evergreen 30

Clarity: Good

Water Temperature: Low 30's

Major Food Organisms: Midges

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Flows are descent and fishing has been pretty good in the open sections on the warmer days

Tips and Other Information: Midges have been hatching. Look for fish in the wintering lies as the water is cold and the river is frozen in some places

Effective Patterns: #22-24 Medallion Midge, #22-26 Top Secret Midge, #22 Chiroflash, #22 Minute Midge, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20 Rojo Midge, #20 Mayers Tube Midge, #22 Griffith Gnat, #14 Elk Hair Caddis, #20 Rainbow Warrior - Pearl, #14-16 Hares Ear, #14-16 Prince Nymph