Fishing reports | 2017 fly fishing schools | browntown is on fire come float with us | rocky mountain bone fish

Fishing reports | 2017 fly fishing schools | browntown is on fire come float with us | rocky mountain bone fish


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Eagle River
Its Spring time in the Valley for sure. Warm weather is translating to hot fishing but also some higher flows. We have been having great days up a little higher and the water is certainly more clear. Avon has been my favorite stretch as of late and some go to flies have been BWO emergers in the #18 range dropped behind your favorite attractor pattern. I like the Psycho Prince or a Guides Choice in #16 or #14. It’s been sunny and windy so plan accordingly and don’t count on a lot of dry fly action just yet. Fish are still holding in some deeper water but be mindful of Redds as some of our resident rainbow are staring to do their business. The afternoon hours have been the most productive but the weather is beautiful and the fish are hungry so get out there! .Need a guide? We got em >>>



The Colorado River
The word is out so weekend warriors take heed. Shoot for early starts on the Upper C right now as it can look almost like August with the incredible weather we are experiencing. Regardless of the people, the fishing remains very productive with bigger bugs on the menu for the fishies. Big pheasant tail nymphs, Pat’s Rubber Legs, Copper Johns and Hare’s Ears should be included in any tandem nymph rig. Streamers can be hit or miss so switch the flies often, vary your depth and vary your retrieve. The water is still pretty cold when all is said and done. Focus on the evening if you’re trying to trick a fish with a dry fly. They are rising but mostly later in the day and in small numbers. Focus on the swirling back eddies with tiny dries trailing tinier emergers. .Get on a boat with a Minturn Anglers guide >>> 


The Blue River
I’v never been a big fan of the Blue up in town with all the pressure and all the spectators but I stepped out of my comfort zone last week and was pleasantly surprised, maybe enough to change my opinion. The crowds were non existent and the mall was even pretty deserted so we enjoyed some solitude and some really active fish. The trout are still eating the standards so stock up on small mysis and red and black midges. Find the deep holding water and you will find the fish. Get deep and hold on because these fish aren’t small! Towards the end of the day I broke my indicator rig off and swung some steamers hoping for a beast but couldn’t get any fish to commit despite a few solid follows. It’s always worth a try!

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The Colorado is fishing lights out and we have a seat in the front of raft waiting for you.
The weather has been stellar… in-between these sporadic snow storms, that is… and the fish have been hungry and aggressive so set aside some time to come chase some Brown Trout!



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The more comfortable you are out there the longer you’re going to fish. That’s not rocket science and it’s also not hard to deduce that Simms has a reputation of making gear that is functional on the river and so comfortable you’ll want to wear it everyday.


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The Platte through Deckers has been consistently fishing good for 4 weeks or so now and I can’t help guess this is going to translate to hungry fish all summer. Water temps and air temps for that matter are usually a lot more sporadic in late April and we tend to get a big snow to cap off the winter and this year I just dont see that happening. The flows bumped up a little this last week to just above 160 cfs and the fish are starting to movie out of the deep water and into more spring and summer lies. Lead with a big Pats Rubberleg or a cranefly larva with plenty of weight. Behind your big ugly I would drop a #18 Soft Hackle PT or your favorite Caddis Larva in a size #16 or #18 about a foot and a half off your point fly. BWO activity has actually been treating us to some top water action in the afternoon. I like fishing a dry dropper with some sort of Soft Hackle or Emerger and it seems that even if the fish are rising all the way up to the surface the bigger fish will turn on that dropper. Get out there and smack some trout… Better yet, let one of our Pros take you out and show you some tricks and tips to help you master the South Platte.
Cherry Creek Reservior    
Cherry Creek is a hot spot for boating and jet skiers and people laying on the swim beach but I rarely see other anglers out there walking the bank. Right now is Carpocolypse all along the eastern most shore near the inlet. You don’t have to get too fancy with your flies, id just say throw something big and buggy. Iv been doing well with SlumpBusters in a #10. Black or rust have been the hot colors and a woolly bugger has been doing the trick too. There is really nothing closer to flats fishing than chasing carp in the Reservoirs and when you tie up with one of those 20 pounders you’ll be glad you left the trout along. If youve never fished for these Rocky Mountain Bone Fish then just come into the shop and i’ll break it down for you or better yet book a trip on our guide Gavin’s Flats boat and let him learn you up on the carp game.!!!
The Arkansas River near Texas Creek
The Caddis are coming off on the Arkansas already and it seems like every fish in the river is looking up. I didn’t have to take the indicator out of my pack at all which is a good day in my mind. I started the day with a Single Mothers Day Caddis in a #16 and later in the morning switched over to a double dry rig with an Amy’s Ant up top and that same #16 Caddis trailing and caught fish on both bugs constantly. We found a lot of fish real close to the bank so I would urge you look before you step into the river so you don’t spook a fish that could’ve been in the net. We worked the water near Texas Creek but from what I’v heard the river is fishing well from Salida to Cotopaxi.


Minturn Anglers Fly Fishing School is BACK for the Summer!!!



Minturn Anglers Fly Fishing School is kicking off the second weekend in June and whether you’re brand new to the sport or just looking to learn a little more this class is PERFECT for you, and hey why not bring the whole family?


Classes will be offered every weekend on either Saturday or Sunday and include waders, boots, rod, and reel rental for the day. No matter what your skill level is we can help you iron out some bad habits and build on what you already know. Give us a call with any questions or to reserve your spot in class! We can’t wait to fish with you.
The Flats boat is sitting at the ready. Lets go chase some CARPS



One of our river ninjas up the mountain is also a certified carp slayer and Capt. Gavin Greely would love to have you on the front of his flats boat to pole around for a day chasing some golden ghosts.
I love trout fishing as much as the next guy but I probably love carp fishing more than the next 5 guys combined and believe me when I say there is no better way to catch them then from a boat. Deckers will still be there next week. Take a day off and do something different!
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