June 29th, 2020
Jackson’s Summer Fly Fishing Forecast
We are now heading into the primetime months of summer fly fishing! July and August provide anglers with a multitude of choices. Choices include being able to fish just about every waterway in the area and to fish with a variety of flies, rigs, and techniques. This is the season for hatches. We just finished with the salmon fly hatch. Currently, the golden stone hatch is prevalent on most of the area waters. We are seeing an early start of the infamous green drake hatch as well. Pale morning duns are in full blown regalia as well as caddis, yellow sallies and lesser sized dark stones. These are the main flies that you should have for most of the area waters.
My favorite patterns for each hatch are as follows:
Golden Stone – Morrish Fluttering Golden Stone #8
Green Drake- Furimsky’s Extended Body #12
Pale Morning Dun – Melon Quill #16
Caddis – Troth’s Elk Hair Caddis Tan #14-16
Yellow Sallie – Dreamcast Parachute Yellow Sallie #16
For non-hatch times, fish a dry/dropper rig with the Chubby Chernobyl up top and dropping a Tungsten Copper Bead CDC Flashback Pheasant Tail (#14-18). Other nymphs to drop include the Tungsten Yellow Sallies (#14-18) and the Two-Bead Pheasant Tail (#14-18), all colors of Copper Johns (#14-16) and PMD Emergers (#16).
For wade fisherman the best times to be ready to fish each of these waters are as follows:
Blue River- above Dillon Reservoir- now
Blue River below Dillon Reservoir- July 5 or when the water drops below 300 cfs.
Colorado River – all sections – now
Williams Fork River -July 10 or when c.f.s. flows drop below 200 c.f.s.
Eagle River- July 10th or when flows drop below 750 c.f.s.
Arkansas River- above Twin lakes outflow- July 10th or when flows drop below 300 c.f.s.
Middle fork of the South Platte – (South Park) – now
South fork of the South Platte – (South Park) – now
South Platte above and below Spinney – July 1 (or when flows drop a bit)
You can find stream flows at: www.dwr.state.co.us
Spinney Reservoir and Antero Reservoir are fishing great now!
Final Words (Top 5 Tips):
– Don’t fish too early! Fish feed more when the hatches are in progress and when the water warms up a bit. Be on the water about 9 a.m. Fishing late is good, especially for the caddis hatch.
– If you are struggling catching fish, reduce the size of your flies and your tippet.
– If you walk farther you will do better…Enjoy the exercise!
– Take water temps! If the water is above 64 degrees, GO HOME and give the fish a break.
– The best time to go fishing is when you can.
June 4th, 2020
Well summer is here and the runoff is in full swing. Some of us were able to catch the Stonefly hatch on the Colorado before the water came up big time. Although the hatch is still on, the water is much higher and dirtier than just few days ago. The flow at Pumphouse is well over 3,000 c.f.s now ( and rising) and we do not recommend floating unless you are an experienced boatman. Fish the edges if wading . All the rivers in the area are now bank full or higher. These include the Blue, Eagle, Colorado, Williams fork, Arkansas and streams in South Park. The local tail waters are clear but high. These include the Blue and Williams Fork. The only exception is the South Platte below Spinney Reservoir which is running at 66 c.f.s. and will probably have as many fisherman as fish! This all being said the fishing is more difficult but not impossible. The toughest issue is getting around and being safe while wading. Please be cautious and don’t attempt to cross any rivers during high water. Flies that work best now are large BH nymphs, worm patterns, streamers and larger flies in general. The fish have to work much harder during high water and therefore need to eat more and are more aggressive. Fish the edges anywhere the water slows down. Use heavier tippet than normal otherwise you will be breaking fish off as they head down stream. This snowmelt water that is filling our rivers is cold, so wait until 9 or 10 a.m. to hit the water. At higher altitudes around here you will also see the water drop during the days. The cold nights up on the high peaks slow the flow down and the crest is generally experienced after midnight each day. The lower flows are seen after noon each day.
There are still plenty fo great spots to fish during runoff if you want to stay off of the rivers. Think of the inlets of our local Lakes – the Snake, the Blue River and the Tenmile creek inlets of Lake Dillon are always good during runoff. Head to Beaver ponds all over the area and you will find action! Although our high glacier lakes are still frozen other reservoirs in the area are fishing great. Antero, Spinney and Eleven Mile reservoir in South Park are producing nice fish now. Over at the Williams Fork Reservoir fishing is good as well. Think of the ponds near Copper Mountain, Black Lakes on Vail Pass, Clinton Reservoir on Freemont Pass, or Crystal Lake south of Leadville. There are options!
For the local streams think fishing at higher elevations where the water tends to be clearer. The peak of the runoff should be on or around June 15th. Look for conditions to improve after the 15th as the waters recede. Past experience indicates that we should have great flows by the end of June.
As always, call the shop or stop by for the latest reports, flies, and other gear that will help you have a great day on the water.
Tight lines and be safe!
April 25th, 2020
Warmer temps are on the way next week which will probably have more folks out on the water. Remember to fish smart and safe! Respect social fishtancing! As temps rise you can expect to see more consistent hatches through the middle part of the day. The rise in temps could also affect water clarity so be prepared with a variety of bugs.
On recent warner days large hatches have been observed on the Blue in Breckenridge and fish have been aggressively feeding during this time. We’ve also received reports from the Colorado, Ark, and Platte this week. Fishing on the bigger rivers has been really good. If you’re planning to fish the CO bring some eggs and worms…especially when the water color begins to change. A few quality fish were caught on the Platte yesterday but the fishing was slow.
We’re excited to announce the opening of our web store: https://store.mountainangler.com. Check it out and let us know what you think! We’re shipping out orders everyday and still fulfilling local orders that can be picked up ‘curbside style’ at the shop. Give us a shout if you need anything!
March 19th, 2020
“The Times They Are A Changing” – As you probably know by now, The Mountain Angler’s doors are locked under the Summit County Government shutdown. We wanted you to know that generally speaking, we will be here most days from 11-4 to take calls. We can fill orders over the phone with your credit card number. We can ship things to you or you can come by and will bring your order out to you “to-go” style! Our hands will be cleaned for each transaction! We understand how important fly fishing is to each of you and do not want you to think you can’t get what you need. In these times one of the best and safest things we can do is GO FISHING! It’s good for the mind and body.
We received reports in the last few days that the Colorado is fishing well, the Eagle is good as long as the clarity is ok, and the Ark is fishing well. We’ve even seen some BWOs coming off.
Again, make sure your practicing proper social FISHtancing when you’re out on the water!
As things change we will continue to update everyone the status of the shop, guide trips, etc.
Everyone stay healthy and happy!
February 18th, 2020
The Blue River below the dam in Silverthorne has been producing some nice fish as of late. Small nymph rigs, stealthy tippet, and small indicators are the play. Adjust your weight as needed when working your way through the pockets.
We’ve received a few reports that The Dream is fishing well lately. Nymph rigs are still the ticket but be ready throw a dry (and maybe a streamer) if called for. Fish are laying in their normal winter holes…check the deep pockets and runs.
Generally speaking, nymph rigs will be your best bet (or at least a great starting point) on most of our fisheries during the winter months. That said, always be prepared to adapt as hatches come off or a greater variety of bugs are found while inspecting the river. You’ll also want to try different sizes of tippet and weight until you get on the fish!
River flows will vary but greater consistency is generally seen during the winter months.
For the latest reports call the shop! We’re always happy to give out the latest information on what’s fishing and where!
To book a guided trip, get the latest fishing reports, or find out what flies are hot please stop by the shop (311 South Main, Breckenridge) or give us a ring (970.453.4665)!