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With rain away from the forecast, the South Platte at Deckers has dwindled down to under 400cfs. Bug activity has mostly been tricos but there are a few caddis still poking around. Nymphing the faster water has been productive with stonefly patterns trailed with worms and trico emergers. Amy’s Ant in olive or red is still producing during the heat of the day when the grasshoppers are milling about. Trail your hopper with a caddis emerger or a drowned trico spinner and expect either to be eaten. There should always be at least one black RS-2 on your rig at all times too. It’s a great time to fish the Front Range!
Finally fishable! The Ark is down to around 350cfs and you can actually see your boots when ya stand in the water. The fish are lovin’ it too and they are showing it by eating our flies. Though they got a nice break this Summer from angling pressure, they are still selective on bugs so make sure what you’re throwing is tiny. Barr’s Emergers, Forky Baetis, and RS-2’s have taken most fish. Get em down quick in those boulder runs with a jig nymph to lead off your rig.
Rain and snow in the mountains has muddied up the local creeks a little bit. Have no fear, they are still fishing quite well. Bright nymphs like Psycho Princes and BLMs are taking fish while small hoppers will bring them up to the top too. Charlie Boys Hoppers are the real head turners right now. Try them in tan, black or olive. If you don’t mind going for a drive, head on up to Boulder Creek for some great late season dry fly action.
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.