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Trouts Journal

Fly Fishing Report: Beginner Fly Fishing School

Ivan Orsic / Jun 23, 2014

Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service just wrapped up another successful On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School this past weekend. River flows on the North Fork of the South Platte River are on the decline making this a great destination for new as well as experienced anglers. With the weather temperature holding in the mid seventies, the river flow right at 345 CFS and sunny skies, we were able to enjoy the first day of summer here in Colorado at the Rowdy Trout Ranch.

Even with flows decreasing, the water clarity was off and tea stained. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as fish become less spooky. After introducing the sport of fly fishing to our students, we hit the river. We concentrated on using a sub surface nymph fishing technique using a Rocky Mountain Nymph Rig. The river fish well with larger attractors like the San Juan Flash Worm and stonefly nymphs.

The Rowdy Trout Ranch also offers anglers the chance to sharpen their stillwater skills. The ponds had rising fish all over eating very small caddis with a midge dropper. It was a perfect scenario to improve their casts. Some fish did chase down streamers, but the majority of fish caught were looking up on the top-water.

Other Fly Patterns that were productive: red San Juan Flash Worm size 12, golden stone flies size 8, sculpzilla size 8, elk hair caddis size 16

If you would like to give fly fishing a try, our next On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School is being held on July 12th. We currently have four (4) spots available so call the shop today to secure your reservation – 303.733.1434.

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