Vail Valley Fishing Reports
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A little rain has gone a long way on the Eagle River. The Eagle is low but afternoon showers have cooled off the water and added a little bump in the flows. The overcast days have kept the fish comfortable in their surroundings and encouraged the bugs to come off en mass. Flies are still tiny, leaders are still at 9+ feet but the feed has been on. Baetis in 20-22 have taken a number of fish, trico nymphs, emergers, adults and sunken spinners have fooled em as well. Midges and emergers with any showing of emergence (put a white wing on it) has been great on a dead drift subsurface or right under the film on a swing. Dry droppers will still garnish some attention but make sure you are using 5x or 6x fluorocarbon on anything you plan on fishing below the surface. Best spots are Minturn to Eagle-Vail and Wolcott to Gypsum. Need a guide? We got em >>>
These little buggers are on the feed of late. Double digit days are certainly not out of the question whether you are fishing the surface or not. Just like the Eagle, small bugs are the ticket. If you were confined to one fly, it would be a #22 Parachute Adams. Since you’re not, trail that with a Trico emerger, a #22 Quasimodo PT, Barr’s Emerger or Forky Baetis. Don’t be surprised when your 3wt doubles over. Bigger fish are being caught daily!
Fishing has been productive all day on the Colorado this past week with many bugs and plenty meat eaters. For best results, fish the trifecta. Nymph the morning, streamers in the riffles in the afternoon and dry flies in the evening. When you’re fishing deep use big stoneflies and leeches to get your smaller flies deep quick. Trail the big boys with foam back emergers, chocolate thunders, forky baetis and micro mays. For mid-day awesomeness, pick up the stiff 6wt or two handed 7wt and chuck some single or double streamers. Believe it or not, the big boys – Sex Dungeons, Peanut Envy’s, Slump Busters and Meat Whistles have been the flies to use. The real fun is in the evening though with the PMD and Trico spinner falls. Trail your spinner behind a Hi-Vis Caddis and watch closely for the slurping fish eating your spinner in the film. Best stretch right now has been Rancho to State Bridge. You don’t row? Hire a guide from Minturn Anglers for optimal fishing results
|Fall Floats – Get ready to chuck streamers!|
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It’s not too early to think MEAT
Fall is a spectacular time to be floating on the Colorado River with Minturn Anglers. As the days shorten and the water cools, the brown trout start thinkin’ about passing on their genes. They are quick to mark their spawning territory and thwart off their lesser counterparts by, well, eating them. Expect endless follows and many vicious takes all day this Fall on a float trip with Minturn Anglers. Try something new and get on a boat with your favorite fly shop for some serious streamer fishing. Whether you want to chuck huge Double Gongas or strip double Slumpbusters you gotta be in an MA boat. Give us a call today!
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|Dream Stream – Available NOW!|
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Late Winter and Fall Trips Available
The stream rehabilitation work has really paid off on the Dream Stream. Fish numbers and sizes are up and the seasonal fish have been hanging around noticeably longer. Fall is around the corner and there’s no better time to start thinking about booking your Fall brown trout trip on the Dream Stream. Minturn Anglers Senior Guide, Erin Hale is booking up fast so don’t be late to the party, book your Dream Stream trip TODAY!
|Colorado River Fall Classic – Eagle Valley TU September 19th-20th!|
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Fall Fishing Tournament from Trout Unlimited – September 19-20!
Show your fishing prowess this Fall with the Trout Unlimited Colorado River Fall Classic. Due to popular demand, this tournament has become an annual event so show your support for TU by drinking beer, listening to bluegrass and crushing fish!
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Team Registration / Team Pictures / Welcome mixer All team members must be present – location tbd.
6:30pm – 6:30pm|
Draw – all team members must be present
All Boats Dropped at Pre-Determined Launch Sites. Shuttles complete
Begin Boat Launch
All boats must be at designated takeout.
Hopperfest – Bluegrass in the park begins at the Eagle City Park. All participants pull boats to city park
Introduction of Teams/Sponsors
Award Ceremony, Trophy Presentations, and Giveaways
|Fly Fishing School 2015 – Available through November!!!|
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Still plenty of time to book!
Summer fly fishing is nearing the end however it’s not too late to introduce the great sport of fly fishing to friends and family members. We offer our Fly Fishing Schools through NOVEMBER at our Parker location as well as select dates through November for Minturn as well. Whether you’d like to share this offer with a friend, give it as a gift to a loved one or you’d like to take the class with a child, Fly Fishing Schools are a great opportunity to share an awesome outdoor adventure with someone. This is also a great way to learn some Fall/Winter techniques from those that fish year-round!
|Front Range Fishing Reports|
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Weekly deluges here on the Front Range has Deckers fluctuating between 400 and 500cfs. Stain or not, it remains fishable and seems a trickle compared to a month ago! Hoppers on the banks have been great fun with double damage been accomplished by dropping a bead head caddis below it. Nymph or pupae, they are takin’ it. Streamers have been fun when it’s dirty too. If you’d like to stick to indicator fishing, make sure there is a trico of some sort on your rig. Sunken spinners are catching lot’s of fish as well as nymphs/emergers like #22 PT’s and Loop Wing Emergers.
Stick to Salida this week. Pueblo still isn’t much to shake a stick about. Salida has a lot to offer as far as bugs – Terrestrials, Golden Stones, Caddis, Tricos, PMDs, Red Quills, Midges, BWOs. The Canyon has been fishing extremely well as well as the long stretches below town. Dry fly activity is steady throughout the day and so is nymphing so try both or combine the two!
Clear Creek has been fishing great this Summer and the dry fly activity will keep you occupied all day. Get there early and cover water as lot’s of people are hard at it as well. Smaller hoppers and dries will get more than looks. They will get eats! Smalled is better as the fish aren’t the biggest and you want more than a swat, you want a fish to hand. Head furthur up 6 to search out bigger fish. Otherwise, you can start before tunnel one and keep heading upstream!
Though the big local stillwaters are fishing well, the place to be is the lakes, ponds and reservoirs at elevation. There are so many places to go within 1-2 hours of Denver that you could drive yourself crazy trying to hit a quarter of them in one season. Be brave, grab a buddy and scout some water that involves a hike. Callibaetis and Grey Drakes are coming off right now, caddis and smaller mays and craneflies too. If you find the right place you might even be able to pop a few on damselflies.
|Alaska Fall 2015|
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LESS THAN 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.
|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.
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Fishing and Hunting – We’ve got it all!
We aren’t out of Summer yet but it’s not too early to start planning that big trip for Fall, Winter and 2016. Check out the latest trips on the docket for Minturn Anglers… don’t be late to the party and book your Adventure Travel Trip today!
Aug 28th – Sept. 3rd – Archery Elk Hunts
Sept. 28th – Oct. 11th – Alaska Steelhead
Oct. 17th – 25th – Second Season Rifle Elk Hunts
Oct. 24th – Nov. 7th – Mexico Bonefish and Permit
Feb 1st – March 6th – Idaho Steelhead
March 7th – 13th – Christmas Island Giant Trevally
|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!
4th, 6th, 13th, 15th and 28th