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. A dry fly fisherman's dream & great for Tenkara.
Happening Now: The three forks of the Cimarron River and the tailwater below Silver Jack Reservoir are now in post-runoff mode! The forks are running clear, and fish are holding in the pools and pockets, and on the edges. The Colorado high country monsoon season is providing daily afternoon thunderstorms, but they are spotty and the daily weather clears quickly. Effective dry flies for edges and pockets on the forks include #16 Parachute Adams, #16 Tan Caddis, and #16 Parachute PMD. Drop a #16 Soft Hackle Hare’s Ear about 8” behind the dries for even more opportunities. Swing #10 weighted streamers like the Hale Bop Leech (black is best) through the deeper pools. Hot tenkara fly patterns include #16 Killer Bugs (mist, oyster, or nymph) and Killer Kebaris in the pools and pockets. Use Sakasa Kebari or Ishigaki Kebari on the edges. Throw adult caddis, hoppers, or stimulators on the tailwater with a #16 Montana Prince dropper, focusing on seams. Fish at the inlet to Silver Jack Reservoir are munching #16 bead head nymphs dropped below big attractors. Most fish are taking the bottom fly.
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 or Dry/Dropper rigs will work very well, fish are very happy to eat. Small Caddis, Golden Stones, small Hoppers and Drakes are the mainstay top water bugs of choice throughout the summer, with Pink Cahills and terrestrials (beetle & ants) dominating the later summer into fall hatch cycle. With lower water flows this year, the Big Cimarron is going to fish really well and be a bit friendlier to access. *Bring a rain jacket for those predictable late afternoon showers!
Most Productive: Nymphing deep holes and dry fly fishing
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, Befus 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: With the dropping water flows this stretch of river the fish are eating very well. We have been seeing a few Salmon flies buzzing around, most of those bugs are flyers from down river. Fishing stone nymphs and Orange Scuds they are the ticket. I wouldn't hurt to thrown Salmon Fly drys.
Most Productive: Nymphing,Drys
Water Clarity: Good
Happening Now: The SALMON FLIES ARE HERE!!! The fishing in the Gorge has been great. We have been seeing great hatches of PMD's, Yellow Salley's, Caddis and Golden Stones. The hoppers are every were big ones, little ones, green ones and tan ones. Dry Fly city!!!!
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
Water Clarity: Good
Happening Now: Fishing is great, the Yellow Sallies are hatching around 11:30 a.m. so have plenty. It will be hot in the 100's so bring plenty of water.
Recommended Gear: Sage ONE 690-4, Lamson Litespeed #2, RIO Gold WF6
Most Productive: Nymphing/Dry Flies
SAN MIGUEL: This beautiful free stone 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: Runoff has started on the Miguel it is not fishable. Once conditions change we will let you know.
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
Ext. Body BWO #20-18, Adams Para Wulff #20, Para Adams 22-18 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 at this great tail water is on fire! The fish have settled in to the higher spring flows and are eating very well. Do to the higher flows look for fish holding in the slower moving seam lines and eddies. Nymphing deep will produce fish for you all day long. The key is to get your flies on the bottom. Remember that the closer you put your weight to your point fly the deeper your flies will sink. You can also dead drift streamers below an indicator, you will be amazed at the very powerful takes. There has also been some sporadic dry fly fishing late in the evening. For this try skating Caddis dries through the flattest water you can fined. Good luck!!!
Recommended Gear: Sage ONE 490-4, Sage 4600 reel, RIO Gold WF4
Most Productive: Streamers/Dries/Nymphing
Water Clarity: Excellent
Nymphs: Rubber Leg Hares Ear #14, Redhead Step Child #18, Red Midge Larvae #22-16, Olive RS2 #22, Chicken Hawk Beatis Olive #22, Slow Guy Beatis #18, Top Secret Midge #22, JuJu Bee Midge Zebra and Brown #20, Black Beauty #22, Olive Larve #16, Military May #18, Red RoJo Midge #18, JuJu Beatis Purple #22, Magic Fly Bwo #20 Streamers: Montana Mouthwash #6, Blk Leech #4, Godzilla Sculpin tan/orang #6, Slap-N-Tickle Olive #6
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