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484cfs. The water continues to drop along the South Platte making for some great fishing. Deckers is slightly off colored so attractor patterns as your lead fly are a good idea. It’s not all that often you get to go discover a new body of water that happens to be your home water. With the water having reached such high levels some of your go to spots may have changed a bit. We encourage you to take the time to try and sight fish and really work near to far. Some of the best fish are up on the edges. Dry dropper rigs using hoppers have been working. Streamers continue to do well and especially in those spots tucked up against the bank where a nymph rig can’t be used. Water levels still make for some challenging wading so be careful. Rigging: San Juans worms in red, and pink. BH pheasant tails in sz14 & 16. BWO emergers. Crane fly larva. Pats rubber legs in Black and Tan.
The Arkansas River continues to fish really well with bug activity peaking for the Summer. Just like Deckers, dry droppers are the combo of choice right now, with Stimis and Stones being the best bet. No need to get too big though as the rivers’ transitioned from high to low this week. No worries though, the fish are still eating like it’s going out of style. As far as The Ark at Pueblo… stay tuned and pray for dry weather!
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.
Time to invest in those sinking lines. The fish are getting deep as the reservoirs are slowly lowering. Now is a great time to hike and fish though. Rocky Mountain National Park is fishing really well, especially the further in you go. Beautiful cutthroat are begging to eat your dry flies especially the fish that are hardest to get. Fill a flask, pack some PB&J and take a hike!