Howdy folks! As I mentioned in my last post, we are in the middle of our “monsoon” season. Clear mornings that lead into afternoon thunderstorms are the norm these days. While this can make fishing in the afternoons a little tricky, it’s really doing nothing but helping fishermen and fish alike! The Colorado River drainage ended up with a 106% percent snowpack, compared to historical averages. This is much better than last year. But even with an average snowpack water tends to taper and warm this time of year. The recent rains we have had are keeping the rivers at a very good level and temperature. The Blue was blown out the other day! Good for rafters, kayakers, and fish. Not so great for fishermen! But hey, we have water and that’s all that counts! Right?
We have had some very good fishing here lately. Last week we fished the Fraser River a few times with very good results. A multitude of bugs were hatching throughout the morning and early afternoon. We caught some very healthy rainbows and browns on PMD’s and stonefly patterns. Then the thunderheads rolled in. We hunkered down in some willows and waited for the storm to pass. There was a very good Blue-wing Olive hatch when we decided the storm had passed enough to fish again.
In the past couple weeks we haven’t done very much guiding on the stretch of the Colorado the ranch has leased. We were itching to get back out there! Luke, my fellow guide at the C Lazy U, had the pleasure of guiding guests yesterday. Let’s just say that based on their report the fishing was not bad! They reported heavy stonefly hatches throughout the morning, and did pretty well on terrestrial patterns. I got a crack at them this morning with the same folks. The two days were polar opposites. Little to no bug activity, and the fishing was tough! But oh well! That’s why they call it fishing and not catching! We’ll get them next time.
One thing that both Luke and I noticed was the abundance of mega-sized stoneflies. Stonefly husks littered rocks up and down the river, and I found a few adults. Salmonflies? I can’t say for sure, but they are BIG! Make sure you have some large stonefly nymphs in your box if you’re heading up this way.
I suspect the fishing and water should stay pretty consistent for the next few weeks. As always, just get out there and harass some fish! But be kind to them. Fish in the mornings. And if the water is too warm, it’s alright to walk away and chase them another day. The beer is always cold!