Report : 10/25/2016
North Park and Red Feather: Fall is definitely here in North Park. From now til ice-up can produce some non stop action up on the lakes as fish begin to put on a serious feed for the upcoming cold months. Streamers, chironomids, scuds, and leeches will be the most productivef bugs from here until the ice hits. Fish will come up shallower than most people expect when water temperatures cool down. Night fishing has been productive, but as always, some nights are just better than others so putting your time is makes all the difference. Take a long nap during the day, and do your best to stay out until the morning and you may just be rewarded with the biggest trout of your life! Please be aware that some of the Brown trout are still spawning in the North Lake, so if you see pairs of fish over clean gravel, it is best to let them do their thing.
High Alpine: Better hurry up, the clock is ticking! Our lakes and streams in Cameron Pass are still producing well. Fish are being caught all over, however snow has begun to really fall and it wont be long before many of the higher alpine lakes to ice over. Fish are really feeding with a sense of urgency as those temperatures plummet, so it's time to get up there and get your cutthroat and brook trout fix before it's all over. When fishing high alpine lakes and streams, always keep a good stock of ants and beetles handy, as well as smaller attractor nymphs. Head into either shop for places to go and patterns to throw.
The Laramie Plains Lakes: As water temps cool, you begin to have more windows throughout the day to find actively feeding fish. Have some full sinking and floating lines to cover your bases and switch up often to really dial in whats working. Stillwater trout love their leeches and chironomids this time of year, and mixing up retrieves, lines, and depths is usually all you need to get some action.
Dries: Beetles #12-16, Ants #14-16, Hi-Vis Midge #18, Griffith's Gnat #16-18, Para-Adams #16-20, Purple Haze #16-20, Extended Body Callibaetis #14-16, Periscope Callibaetis #14-16, Headlight Caddis #14-18
Nymphs: Juju Chrironomids #12-16, Chironocones #14-16, Frostbite Chironomids #14-16, Chrystal Chironomids #12-14, Leeches #10, Scuds #14-18, Rickard's Stillwater Nymph #14, Hula Damsel #14, Swimming Damsel #12, Trigger Nymph #14, Anatomical Callibaetis #14-16
Streamers: Rickard's Seal Bugger #10, Pig Pen #6, Thinmint #8-10, Krystal Bugger #4-6, Sparkle Minnow #4-6, SlumpBuster #4, Platte River Special #4, Orange Blossom Special #4, Rubber Bugger #4, Burgin Bugger #4, Beldar Bugger #4, Trick or Treat #4, Ritt's Fighting Craw #4, Creek Crawler #4
With cooler temperatures, the smallmouth fishing on Horsetooth has picked back up. Focus on the rocky points and back in the coves, crawfish imitations and buggers have been the most productive. The ponds around Fort Collins have also been fishing well for largemouth, sunfish, and carp. As we see cooler and cooler night-time temperatures, expect these fisheries to slow down a bit.
Bass: Slump Buster #4, Meat Whistle #2, BH Bugger #10, ThinMint #8-10, Seal Bugger #10, Hoover Mover #4, Creek Crawler #4, Hada's Near 'Nuff Crayfish #4, Clouser Minnow #4, Micro-Poppers #8, Covert Mission #4, Pearly Popper #6, Neon Popper #6
Carp: Carp Crack #6, Hoover Mover #4, Swimming Nymph #6, Back Stabber #4, Dirty Monkey #4, Hare's Ear #14, Carpalicious #6, Belly Crawl #6
Panfish: Micro-Popper #8, Adams #12-16, Dink Popper #6, Prince Nymph #16, Copper John #14-16, Buggers #8-10
As always, call or stop by for more information.