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Finally! Some river fishing...

Post By: troutfinder      Posted: 7/15/2019 8:00:31 AM     Points: 51    
it has been a frustratingly long run-off season, the longest since I've been out here. Most front range rivers and creeks still running high but I noticed they dropped the Big Thompson last week to a very fishable level. I went on Saturday and it was low and crystal clear! The trout were about 25 or so, a few in the tailwater and more down below in the canyon where they are always more cooperative. I was just using my normal righ of large black foam sailor ant on top and I threw on a PT dropper which brought half the fish. Nothing huge but constant action for a couple hours in the canyon and it felt so good to have some weight on the rod and see some dry fly takes in the sunshine. Hopefully now we get 3 months of good river fishing before fall cold and snow...
 Reply by: Bubba02STi      Posted: 7/16/2019 1:55:23 AM     Points: 500    
Feels good doesnít it? Iím camping up in eleven mile this week, and even though I go about once or twice a week up there, the flows are finally calming down a little. Last report I saw was ~500cfs considering the ~650cfs Iíve been fighting up there. Still convinced weíre going to have high water across the state through August though. It has been kind of odd not seeing top water action or a trico hatch in July up there.
 Reply by: Americanwolf      Posted: 7/16/2019 6:19:34 AM     Points: 158    
I felt the same way Troutfinder. The Yampa is finally fishable too. Up by Steamboat the water was perfect caught 14 with several other hits. Then in Craig Got two but the river in Craig is still al little fast, but by next week should be great.
 Reply by: troutfinder      Posted: 7/16/2019 7:45:21 AM     Points: 51    
I think i'll try very small streams this weekend and hopefully in 2 weeks places like 11 mile canyon or the blue will come down a lot more. this late start would be ok if we were guaranteed a great october but I think last october had snow and cold...or at least every weekend sucked. I can't recall exactly but remember feeling I lost the whole month of fishing when in years past I was dry fly fishing almost until Thanksgiving in sunny weather. hopefully this year we at least get rewarded with a nice fall to extend the river season.