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On The Fly: Colorado fish are biting

Scott Spooner
On The Fly
Photographed is a brook trout from Savage Lakes above the upper Fryingpan.
Scott Spooner / Provided photo |

Fishing here in the Roaring Fork Valley is really turning on! The options are limitless with all of the different creeks, rivers, high country lakes, as well as smaller creeks that feed all of these. Just a few weeks ago, your choice was the Fryingpan and that’s pretty much it, as most high country lakes were still frozen and the larger rivers were full and dirty with snowmelt. Now we have so much to choose from.

Most lakes above 10,000 feet are now open, and the fish in Savage Lakes, Cathedral, American and others are ready to eat pretty much any fly you throw in front of them. Traveling to these lakes still requires a bit of planning on your part, be ready for winter-like weather or sun stroke city. Bringing an extra layer, more water than you think you’ll need, and rain gear can make or break your day.

All small streams like Cunningham, the upper Fryingpan, Grizzly Creek and the like are clean and perfect at this point, and like their cousins in the lakes, these fish are ready to eat. Tie on your favorite attractor dry and head to your secret stash feeder creek, the time is now. In general, the higher up you explore these smaller streams, the better your chances of seeing some beautiful brook and cutthroat trout.

The Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers are fishing extremely well now too. Blizzard yellow sally emergences are happening on the Colorado, and the caddis and green drake fishing on the Roaring Fork are a 10 out of ten already. No joke. To catch the green drakes, get your headlamp and dry shake together and post up on the lower Roaring Fork just before dark. Excellent caddis fishing can be had while you wait for the drakes, but most of us try not to “trash” the water and are content to wait for these size 10 bugs that drive these fish even more mad!

The Fryingpan is giving us strong pale morning dun hatches throughout, and we are seeing plenty of caddis and craneflies on the lower river in addition to millions of green drake nymphs. It’s tough to choose where to go fish these days, but wherever you end up, I hope you find willing fish and a moment or two of happiness.


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