Report : 9/26/2016
The aspens are beginning to change and the weather is really starting to cool off! This is where you go to beat the heat and take advantage of feeding cutthroat and brookies! When fishing high alpine lakes and streams, always keep a good stock of ants and beetles handy, as well as smaller attractor nymphs.
North Park is starting show clear signs of fall conditions. Daytime highs are in the 60's with lows getting into the 30's at night. 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. Terrestrials and chironomids will be the most consistent flies but still keep an eye out for caddis hatches in the evenings and sporadic calibaetis emergences. Fish will come up shallower than most people expect in search of grasshoppers, ants, and beetles, especially when the wind kicks up, and will do so all throughout September. The night bite is happening right now, 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!
High Alpine: Better hurry up, the clock is ticking! Our lakes and streams in Cameron Pass are still producing extremely well. Fish are being caught all over the high country and now is THE time to get up there and get your cutthroat and brook trout fix. With the aspens beginning tho change, there is not a more incredible setting to spend a day fishing! Head into either shop for places to go and patterns to throw.
The Laramie Plains Lakes: Fishing has been decent but will get better as cooler September becomes more consistent. 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, Adult Damsel #10
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
It is clobberin' time ladies and gents! If you only have time to fish after dinner, grab your popper box and hit the ponds. Bassin' has been firey and helps scratch the itch when you can't get on the river. We have a ton of small neighborhood ponds and a variety of bigger water like Dixon and Arapahoe Bend ponds that are full to the brim with bass. Carp are on the prowl and if you need to see your backing, that is the way to do it!
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.