Hello there folks! It’s been a while since my last post, but the fishing has just been too good to get off the water!
Here we find ourselves finally settled into our typical summer weather patterns. Cool, clear mornings leading into warm afternoons with the chance of thunderstorms. Am I happy about this? You better believe it! And you should be, too!
The fishing has been pretty consistent here in Grand County. Over the past few weeks we have been doing quite a bit of guiding and of course our fair share of fun fishing! With the consistent weather I mentioned earlier comes consistent hatches. First thing in the morning we are seeing Pale Morning Duns, which are grey bodied mayflies. We have been catching fish on grey RS2s, which are a great fly pattern to mimic this insect. We have also been catching fish consistently on basic caddis patterns. Hares ears, soft hackle emergers, and larvae patterns have been go-to flies for us. The caddis have been hatching sporadically throughout the mornings with heavier hatches coming in the afternoons. But the hatch we get the most revved up about is the stonefly hatch that begins mid-morning and continues throughout the day. We have seen yellow, gray, brown, and green stoneflies of all sizes coming off at the same time. It’s pretty cool to see a hatch so heavy that the water looks like it’s smoking! We have found that yellow stonefly patterns from size 12-16 have been the fishes favorite!
If you ask any fly fisherman their favorite way to catch trout, catching fish on dry flies will almost always be at the top of the list. When you have spotted a rising fish, stalked your way into the perfect position, made the perfect cast, managed the perfect drift, and had that big wild fish take your fly without a second thought; something stirs in your soul! We have been having some great dry fly action from mid-morning throughout the rest of the day, with stonefly patterns producing the most fish.
Hopefully our water will hold for the next couple months. Water temperatures and levels are perfect for fishing right now. Let’s hope it stays that way!
Guys, get out and go fishing!