|Vail Valley Fishing Reports|
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Flow 412 Clarity: good to excellent: Mornings have been slow on the Eagle of late. Nymph rigs tied long and light before 11 AM seems to be the best . Caddis pupa and small baetis nymphs are most effective. Caddis start hatching before 10 am then come the Yellow Sallies, and PMD’s around 3pm. Egg layers can illicit some ferocious strikes in the afternoons. Dry dropper rigs and double dry rigs have been very effective during these hatches. Good numbers of fish are concentrated in the tail outs of runs and also on the edges.
Baetis are starting to dominate the hatch and along with tricos they will be the most consistent hatches for the next several weeks. Best nymphs: Thompson’s Forky Baetis #20, JuJu PMD #16, Killer Mayfly Olive #20, 22, Buckskin #16 Best Drys: Fluttering Foam Caddis #16 (Olive, Black, Tan), X2 Caddis Tan #16, Parachute Adams #16, Renegade #16, Crystal Stimulator #14, Para Hopper #12
Gore Creek in Vail is fishing well these days with consistent baetis hatches going off from 10 to 2pm each day. Look for fish in the deep runs and riffles during the heat of the day and soft edges in the evening or cloudy or rainy days. Long and light down to 5 or 6X is the best approach when nymphing. On a cloudy day use a 6X leader and para Adams #20. Best Nymphs: Thompson’s Forky Baetis Sunny #20, JuJU Baetis#20, Buckskin#16, Mercury RS220, soft hackle biot midge grey#20, San Juan Worm Pink
Best Dries: Para Adams #16, Renegade#16, Black Ant #18, PMX#14, Crystal Stimulator #14, 16
The Colorado River is down to 1490cfs and the nymph fishing has been incredible from Pumphouse to Dotsero. Dry fly action has been spotty so no need to rig a dry rod unless you see some serious topwater bite. Streamers have been producing well, especially Slumpbusters and Sex Dungeons. The Colorado is definitely worth a float and wade action has been good too. Contact Us to get on the water with Minturn Anglers!
|Eagle River Bug Alert!|
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Caddis, PMDs, Trico and Stones OH MY!
The Eagle River is boiling with bug activity as you read this. Evening caddis are still making dusk dark as night with how heavy they are and the fish are responding. BWOs in the lower river are turning big fishy heads, Tricos are starting to show their tiny faces around the Edwards to Wolcott stretch and Golden Stones are starting to mill around below the surface up river towards Minturn. Terrestrials are everywhere and fish are eating them like crazy underneath trees and brushy banks. PMDs are being seen in the afternoon as well as the Yellow Sallies and continue to make their presence felt until dark though the numbers decrease. That being said, whether you are nymphing, throwing dry flies, swinging wet flies or even chucking streamers… the Eagle River is the place to be!
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|New Private Water on Brush Creek – 50% OFF ROD FEE!|
|50% OFF ROD FEES!!!|
A great option for the creek fisherman who loves serenity
New for 2015 is the Frost Creek property on Brush Creek – private water option. Brush Creek is a little slice of small stream heaven located in Eagle, CO and chock full of fish who see little to no pressure at all. This fun little gem can be yours for the day when you book with Minturn Anglers. Just ask the country band Big & Rich
who helped us christen the water this past weekend.
Just so you don’t read this email every week for nuthin…. we are currently offering 50% off the Frost Creek private water rod fee until the end of July. Normally $125 per person, Frost Creek fish can be eating your dry flies for only an additional $62.50 rod fee per person on top of trip price. Call the shop at 970-827-9500 and book your Frost Creek Private Water Trip today!!!
|Fly Fishing School 2015 – 1 Day $73 | 2 Day $111|
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Another year, another great way to introduce the sport you love!
Back for 2015, Minturn Anglers is offering their Fly Fishing School at both locations (Minturn and Parker) once more. Classes will be every weekend starting April 11th and 12th and run through November.
NEW THIS YEAR is a 1 Day Fly Fishing School; a condensed class with 3 hours of education in the morning followed by 3 hours of fishing and on-stream education in the afternoon. We’ve created this class for the fast learner in your life who’s looking for professional assistance. Same awesome instruction, same awesome fishing, one less day! At $78, you cannot possibly go wrong!
Minturn Anglers 2 Day Fly Fishing School is two days of education (Sat & Sun) for only $111 (originally $325). One day of class, and one day of on-stream education/guided fishing will have you or the one you’ve gifted this treat to able to go out and fish on your/their own immediately after the class. Waders, boots, rod and reel are provided. Please share with those who’ve been buggin’ ya to take them fishing! Call the shop for more details 720-851-4665 or click the picture for the link to our webpage.
|Front Range Fishing Reports|
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It’s on ladies and gentlemen. Deckers is down to 700cfs and fishing really well. New holding lies have the fish happy and the fishermen have been hard at work finding new holes. They are back to eating the small stuff too – Zebra Midges, Barrs Emergers, Miracle Midges, and the likes. It’s still high so be careful but make a day trip down to Deckers or hire a guide from Minturn Anglers
to get you reacquainted with the river!
The Upper Ark has bugs galore and fish are eating a lot of yellow between the Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and the PMDs. Caddis are still coming off as well but make sure you have a lot of sizes and shapes of yellow in your box. Biot Stones, Soft Hackle Emergers, and brown/yellow Pats Rubber Legs should not be left at home. Dries will get em too! As far as Pueblo? Hang tight, the fishing should be bonkers soon!
The tiny stuff is stellar right now as the rains subside and the bugs reach their prime. The smaller creeks are stuffed with bug life and the high gradient/quick reaction dry fly fishing is really good right now. Put down the 5/6wt, pick up the 2/3wt and start slangin’ some dry flies! Clear Creek, Boulder Creek and Bear Creek are three of our local favorites.
The reservoirs are fishing really well right now for smallmouth, wiper and trout. Damsels and Dragonflies on a sinking line crept through the fingers are taking hungry trout while crayfish patterns on the ledges on full sink lines or on poppers around the weedbeds are creating explosive takes from bass. Use a belly boat to avoid the most pressured areas and don’t be afraid to get up into RMNP for some dry fly activity as well!
|Eagle River Private Water/Float Combo!|
|Have your cake and eat it too!|
The best of both worlds!
We’ve been asked too many times if our customers can float fish and fish private water as well. The short answer – hell yeah! We are happy to be able to provide this incredible fishing experience to all interested parties.
The Eagle River is a few days to a week out from being some incredible post run-off fly fishing and the private water has continued to fish stellar through the run-off. Double up and fish both this Summer with Minturn Anglers! Throw a private water fee on any float trip on the Eagle River and get the opportunity to anchor on and fish sections of the private water not accessible to private water wade fishermen until the Fall.
This is quickly becoming a Minturn Anglers customer favorite after it’s immense success last Summer. Float through the public water and crush fish, anchor in the private water and put the icing on the cake!
|SITKA Fall 2015 now available at Minturn Anglers!|
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New Core Series and More at Minturn Anglers
We’ve got the Sitka goods here in Minturn and Parker so stop on by for the latest waterfowl and big game collections from Sitka. If you aren’t familiar with Sitka Gear, do yourself a favor and check out the most bad ass hunting clothing on the planet. It’s not to early to start preparing for your elk hunt or waterfowl hunts this season. Treat yourself this season with a layering system from Sitka – made with Gore Technology. It’s worth it’s weight in gold.
|Alaska Fall 2015|
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Two More Months Until Alaska!!!
Back and more popular than ever, Minturn Anglers Adventure Travel Steelhead Trip is right around the corner. Due to popular demand, we’ve expanded the trip to THREE weeks this year! We still have two weeks with spaces available so quit putting it off and jump on board today. This is a client favorite as well as a staff favorite for obvious reasons; we crush steelhead and silver salmon for three weeks because the salmon fishermen are gone for the season! Check out last year’s photos from the trip here.
Don’t think you have the cash to swing it? I bet you can find four friends who do. If you get a crew of five fishing folks together, you go for FREE. That’s right FREE. Only thing on your end is flight to Anchorage, your fishing license and adult beverages. Contact us for more details or click on the picture above for our brochure.
|Boxwood and Long Meadow Summer Dates!|
Book today for your family fishing trip or corporate event!
There’s plenty of water at Boxwood Gulch and Long Meadow this year so get on the water with Minturn Anglers to catch a/many fish of a lifetime. These dates book up quick so book your trip TODAY!
9th, 11th, 23rd, 29th and 30th
4th, 6th, 13th, 15th and 28th