The FORKS OF THE CIMARRON-EAST-MIDDLE-WEST: If chasing wild fish in small rivers is your thing, this is your place. With an elevation of 9600 feet each of these rivers have there own high alpine breathtaking valley. All three forks have an abundance of pocket water, small pools and riffles. Great hatches can be expected throughout the summer into September. A dry fly fisherman's dream & great for Tenkara.
Happening Now: Not worth fishing this time of year.
Recommended Gear: 11 or 12 ft Tenkara or shorter ultralight fly rods in the 2 or 3 weight category work best. Ideal set up: Sage Circa 3 Weight, Sage Click or Tenkara Iwana Series
Big Cimarron: This section of the Cimarron is below Silver Jack Reservoir and offers several miles of uninterrupted and remote fly fishing opportunities. Technically this is a tail-water, but it doesn't fish like one. When flows are below 60 CFS, shallow Dry/Dropper rigs are the rule. However, within the deeper pools or higher flows, deep nymphing will produce the biggest fish. Casting can be tight, with lots of vegetation and limited trails along the river, be prepared to "earn it" in order to access this section.
Happening Now:Nymphing in the deepest holes you can fined with produce fish. Think about fishing else were.
Most Productive: Nymphing deep holes
Water Clarity: Good to average
Recommended Gear: Longer 3 to 4 weight fly rods with soft dry fly action Plus 13 ft Tenkara rigs with a stiffer 6.4 action or better.
Nymphs: Red & Copper Copper Johns #14-18, Green Drake Nymphs #12 & #14, Befused Wired Stone Golden #12-14, Twenty Incher #8-14, Hare's Ear #18-14, Montana Prince Black #16-14, Montana Prince Tan #16-14, B.H. Epoxy Rubberleg Hare's Ear #18-16, Barr's emergers PMD #14
EAST PORTAL: The East Portal is at the top end of the Black Canyon, it is also inside the Black Canyon National Park. This is the only access point into the Black Canyon in which you can drive down to the river. Once you are down on the Gunnison River you are surrounded by towering granite walls some as high as 2,000 ft. high. The East Portal is a classic western tail water.
Happening Now: The Portal is CLOSED for the season!
Most Productive: Nymphing,Drys
Water Clarity: Good
Happening Now: The Gorge is a very cold place this time of year. Think about fishing from Pleasure Park up river.
Recommended Gear: A 9 to 10 ft 6wt fast action fly rods, like: Sage ONE 690-4, and a high sensitivity reel with a solid drag system and large arbors like: Lamson Water Works Litespeed, GURU or Konic reels will give you the stopping power to fight these monster rainbows and browns. Heavier Tippets, in the 2x and 4x range can always be fished in the "Gunny Green" waters and will be needed especially when float fishing the technical waters.
Most Productive: Dry Flies/Nymphing
Water Clarity: Good
Happening Now: This stretch of river is fishing great with the warmer days lately. We have been seeing great hatches of Midges and a few BWO's. Your best bet for a good day is to head out on the warmest days. Focus your efforts on the deep tailouts. Micro Worms, Paco Hot leeches and Eggs/Beads are working great for your point fly. We recommend fishing small Midge Larva # 24-20 in the morning till around noon, then switching to small Baetis Nymphs # 24-20 after that. Have fun!!!!
Recommended Gear: Sage ONE 690-4, Lamson Litespeed #2, RIO Gold WF6
Most Productive: Nymphing
SAN MIGUEL: This beautiful freestone river has so much to offer the fly angler. The valley floor just down river from Telluride offers a stretch of water that cuts it's way through the beautiful trees and meadows. The River changes a few miles down stream to a quicker flow with bigger water. Pocket water is abundant with a few long runs and deep pools. In the summer fishing both tight to the banks as well as around cover seems to produce solid fish.
Happening Now: The San Miguel is fishing Poor. There is a lot of ICE in the river. It will fish this way until spring.
Recommended Gear: This river is perfect for your lighter weight rods 3 or 4 weights are ideal. Sage CIRCA 3 Weight is solid for tight casting with dry flies and paired with a Sage Click Reel you will be all set.
Most Productive: Nymphing
Nymphs:Cased Caddis #14-12, Psycho Prince Blue/Purple #16, Partridge and Orange #16, Tungsten Soft Hackle PT #18-14, Montana Prince Black. #14-16, Tung. Teaser #14-16, Micro May Olive #18-20, Mayhem Black #20, Girdle Bug Blk/Tan #8, Befus Wired Stone Golden #10
San Miguel Map
UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER AT PA-CO-CHU-PUK: The section of water that lies inside Ridgway State Park "Pa-Co-Chu-Puk" or just Paco, is a fly anglers dream. This tailwater has something for everyone: easy access for beginners or mobility issues, a well maintained/stocked fishery including natural reproduction on Brown Trout and Cuttbows and year-round fishing opportunities with consistent tailwater release. This is one of the best places to throw dry flies throughout the summer, in particular July - September can be on fire with Caddis, Drake and Pink Cahill hatches! You can access and fish Paco year round, winter months bring little fishing pressure and excellent opportunities as well.
Happening Now: Fishing has been great with the warm days. Most of the fish have moved into the deeper tailouts. The water temps. have started to drop; and with it the size of the bugs will get smaller. So keep your Midges and Baetis patterns small, size 20-24's are working the best. Egg patterns/Beads, Mico Leeches, and Mico worms have all been very effective as a point fly with a Midge larva or a Baetis nymph pattern has been deadly "Red Midge Larva are HOT". Keep in mind that most fish wont move any more than a few inches to take a fly this time of year, so the amount of weight you are fishing is very important. The key to a good day is to be stealthy as possible with the lower very clear water.
Recommended Gear: Sage ONE 490-4, Hatch Fanatic 4 Plus, RIO Gold WF4
Most Productive: Nymphing
Nymphs: JuJu Beatis Purple #22, JuJu Beatis Red #22, Magic Fly Bwo #22, Foam Back Emerger #22, Johnny Flash Brown #22, RS-2 #24-22, Top Secret Midge #24-22, Black Beauties #22-24, Red Midge Larva # 22-18, Black Midge Larva #22-18, Yellow Midge Larva #22-18, Mico Worm Red #18, Streamers: Hot Head Paco Pine Mini Leech #10, Brown Paco Mini Leech #10 Hoppers: N/A
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