Fall Fishing

Posted: September 21, 2009 by ronpecore in Fishing Colorado

This morning, two bull elk woke me early before sunrise with the sound of love in the air. While listing to them go back and forth my thoughts drifted back to last September were I spent most of the month chasing pre-spawn brown trout on the “Dream Stream” section of the South Platte river. With the cooler temperatures in the  morning and evening the males Browns should be moving up river from Eleven Mile Reservoir.  Sometimes you can fool some of these guys with bigger flies, like size 16 or 18 Copper Johns or Woolley Buggers. There are still Tricos hatching in the mornings and Blue Wing Olives throughout the day. Using a nymph rig with a small Flashback Pheasant Tail as the top fly and dropping Spent Tricofor the bottom fly, would be a good ste-up for the morning. After lunch switch the bottom fly to a size 18 or 20 Barr’s Blue Wing Olive emerger or a Juju Baetis.  The staff at the Blue Quill can help with fly selections if you are planning a trip so make sure to stop by on the way, coffee is always on and we still open at 7:00 a.m.  If you see redds with fish on them, please stay clear of these areas and move on.  These guys and gals only get one shot a year at love, so let them have at it.  There should be plenty of trout above or below them. This is a great time to be out and about in Colorado and the opportunity to see some really magnificent fish whether you catch them or not.
Ron Pecore, Guide for the Blue Quill Angler

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