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Trouts Journal

Fly Fishing In May

Ivan Orsic / May 4, 2015

The fishing around this great state has been pretty phenomenal and I expect this trend to continue. Spring is in full swing and the fish are excited, trust me. Not surprising, April flew by and the 10 day road trip I took through Montana might have had something to do with it. The trip was a success in every sense of the word and included a Trouts Hosted Trip on the Bighorn River, followed by a visit to the Simms factory in Bozeman, followed by 3 days in Missoula for the Orvis Guide Rendezvous, followed by a stop through my old stomping grounds of Ennis, MT for a few days floating the Madison. Keep an eye on the blog in the weeks to come for some more detailed highlights and plenty of photos from these various endeavors. In the meantime let’s just put it this way…a whole bunch of trout made it into our Nomad nets during those days.

But back to the here and now. May in Colorado. Looking at the 10 day forecast it looks like carrying a gore-tex jacket might be a good idea as rain is in the forecast for the foreseeable future. From the sounds of it, the days were pretty wet around here while I was in Montana also. All this rain has certainly created some interesting fishing conditions to some degree. On a guide trip I had a few days ago at Deckers the water clarity was textbook for runoff- i.e. brown and only a couple inches of visibility. The flows though were still holding at a very manageable, pre-runoffesque 100cfs and change. As of this writing, USGS is showing we've surpassed 400cfs and I’d expect this number to stay up for the next little while...particularly if the forecast remains soggy as predicted. Depending on where you are fishing, you’re most likely looking at a similar situation to the one described above. Higher than average water with some varying degrees of color to it. Whether it be from snow melt or rain, “Mud Season” – as I know some like to call it- is either here, or approaching. If you’ve got a tailwater handy, the mud may be avoiding you to a greater degree, however higher flows are most likely on the horizon. While I love crystal clear trout streams (and who doesn’t) fishing the ‘high and dirty’ is always something I kind of look forward to….kinda. The fish generally aren’t that hard to find as the majority will be sitting tight to the bank trying to find relief from the heavy mid-river currents. It’s also nice that you can generally get away with bigger flies and heavier tippets. A San Juan Worm or Rubberlegs with your favorite beadhead off the back will go a long ways right now on almost any river around this state. Just make sure you’re using plenty of weight to get down to the fish and you should be set. Now can also be a great time- as long as visibility is on your side- to get some good dry fly fishing in as well. Baetis, Midges, and Caddis should all be catching the fish’s attention with varying levels of enthusiasm throughout the next few weeks.

Other than that, things have been very busy around the shop and you can tell fishing is really starting to get on a lot of people’s minds. Our guide season is rocking and rolling as well and the phone is ringing daily with people looking to book a trip or two. I guess the simplest way to sum it all up is to say things are in full swing in every sense of the word and I have a feeling I’ll be sitting down to write Fly Fishing in June before I know it. Keep in touch, keep an eye on the blog, and as always- please let us know how we can help make your time on the water as enjoyable and productive as possible!

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