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In one word – productive! Fish have been eating a cornucopia of flies as long as it’s under some weight. Small baetis nymphs, eggs/beads, streamers, midges… you name it! Keep em small (unless you’re streamer fishing) and close to the bottom for best results. New flies are in at the Parker shop so we have plenty of recommendations!
It’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Spring and the cutthroat and rainbows have similar feelings. Though there is plenty of open water to fish, the big fatties aren’t quite there yet. You can find a few fish beginning to make their way up in the lower stretches but the low flows have em quite spooky. For flies and recommendations, swing by the shop.
The Ark is as reliable and consistent as it ever has been but it might be a place to avoid this weekend. The “Banana Belt” will host a plethora of people with the air temps the way they are and the consistent bug activity. If you got a wild hair, get out of town and head on up to Salida and it’s neighboring towns. The fishing down there is stellar too, even floatable!Don’t forget your Golden Stone patterns if you make it that far upstream.
Urban South Platte
The trout in town have been competing with your gorgeous carp with this warm Winter we are having. Keeping a small pheasant tail or caddis larva below your carp bug has been producing large trout right off of Santa Fe Dr. Do yourself a favor and rest your favorite carp hole and find new water. You might be handsomely rewarded.