Best Fly Fishing Near Denver – 5/25/2019 Fishing Report

Best Fly Fishing Near Denver – 5/25/2019 Fishing Report


(rushing water) – Hey everyone, Eric here
again from Bass on Bend, with another weekly where to Fish, this time for the weekend,
February 20th, 2019. Nah, I’m just messing with ya. It is May 25th, 2019, but it
looks like winter right now. We had this big storm
come in early in the week, and it looks like that is actually gonna clear out of here by the
weekend, which should make for some really good
fishing heading into this holiday weekend. We got 3 days to have some fun. Leave a comment below and
let me know what you’re gonna be doing, whether
that’s out doing some shed hunting, finishing
up the turkey season, or you’re actually getting out fishing. Leave a comment below. Once again, these’d be my top
3 spots that I’d be hitting if I was heading out of
the Denver metro area, taking advantage of you know,
figuring out where traffic’s gonna be and where the
crowds are gonna be, I would start with number 3: I’d head over to South
Boulder Creek in the Walker Ranch section again. Flows have come up to 170,
in that typical range, and you know, if you
do have a, let’s say a family picnic, or you’re
heading out with some friends and you need to stay a
little bit closer to home, that’s gonna be a great option, just outside of Boulder and Gold and just west up in the foothills there. In there, you’re gonna see a
multitude of different bugs, so whether it’s blue wing olives or the cat is in there, a lot
of stones in there as well, so your typical fare in
there is gonna be a small pheasant tail, a small blue
poison tongue, a little miracle midges, even some zebra
midges on the smaller side. Always run in mycis in there,
if you’re closer to the dam and you know, even just good
things like your good old fashioned hair’s ear. You know,
some of those bigger bugs, is a lead flies, is a good option. Have a good selection of
blooming olive patterns, such as parachute atoms, the sparkle duns, and things like that for up
top. If you do see it hatch, as well as small little griffin
snap. You know those fish, are still going to pick a lot
of that slow water apart on the sides. And a lot of
times, it’ll come up and rise to a dry fly. So, heading that
can, you can get away from a lot of the people. Just
head in a little of the ways, and you’ll leave most the
crowds behind, if there are folks in there. But, moving
on the #2 again, a little bit closer to home option. And a
new one on the list, would be, actually, the big Thompson
River, up in Essence Park. Flows have recently come up
to about 200CFS in there, which is a great flow to
really open a lot of that water. There’s not a really
long stretch air of low limpet dam on that tail water.
But with a flow of 200CFS, is a lot of fishable water
there. So again in there, you’re gonna downsize a
little bit, just because it’s a higher altitude. So
small 22’s and 24 parachute m, small griffin snap, down below
you know, small juju batas, and juju b’s, again small
little zebra midges, those type of things in
there. As well as some scuds, are always a good bet on that tail water. If you are seeing some crouds
out there, don’t be afraid to go head out, and up into the
park, up into Rocky Mountain National Park, and check
out some of the, the, freestyles out there,
you know things like the Big Thompson and Moraine Park,
you’ve got Glacier Creek, things like that. Those are
fully opened up now, and, and, you know, really starting to
wake up on their own. You know you’re gonna see a lot of
the snow starting to melt off up there. You know as we get
some of this warmer weather later into the weekend. So,
up there, don’t be afraid to run a dry droppery, close
to the, close to the shore. You know, try to run like a
San Juan Worm, or a squirming worm, below a dry, and
real tight to the bank. And try to entice some of those
bronze out of a lot of those cut banks. There’s a lot of
cut banks on those bends and things that those fish
like to hang out at. So, do a little exploring
up there as well, and I think you’ll do pretty well. Moving on to the #1 spot,
if you do want to you know head out a little further way from Denver. A good option right now,
again another Tail Water, we’re kind of focusing on
Tail Water is because a lot of your free stones are pretty
much getting out to that blown out stage for runoff,
and especially with all that runoff that’s gonna happen
this week, ’cause we get these warmer temperatures, the
snows gonna melt off, might even see a little bit
of rain, so it’s really gonna muddy up a lot of those free stones, but, a good option would be the
William’s Fork up outside of Partial Colorado. Flows
have kind of been up and down recently. But they’re
back up to 70CSF right now. That’s a good flow in
there, to really you know, start pushing some of those fish around. Uh, you’re gonna be wanting to
have a pretty good selection of dry flies for up there.
There’s a lot of hatch activity this time of year, especially
in Blooming Olive Sides so. So have a pretty healthy
stock box of you know your parachute atoms, your sparkled
duns, those type of dry flies and then a lot of small
little may fly dams. Whether it’s a magic fly,
little hot head, fez zing tail, even some green or red capri
john’s up there can be a really good. Those are your small
fare, your small little midge head, disco midges,
that type of thing. Um, miracle midges, that
type of fare is always good up there too. But don’t
be afraid to run some of your bigger sun flies as attractors
too up there. As well as your warren attractors. It’s
not time of year, so. Hope you have fun this
holiday weekend, if you do get out, tag us in any
of your pictures with #BasenandBen, so leave a
comment, let us know what you’re doing. Have fun, enjoy the weekend, and I’ll see you next week.

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