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Trouts Journal

July Fishing Update - Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers

Ivan Orsic / Jul 27, 2012

We know a lot of our local customers and other Colorado anglers will be hitting the high country this weekend for fishing and other summer fun. We just received this report from our friend Pete Mott, Owner of Trouttrickers Guide Service in the Colorado and Roaring Fork river valleys. If you are looking for the skinny on the Frying Pan, Roaring Fork below the Pan, or the lower Colorado River, there is some great real-time information in the following report.

“Our rivers this year have been experiencing the polar opposite effect of last years record snow fall. Low water and now with the summer heat, potentially warm water can be tough on Colorado's trout populations. The Roaring Fork and the lower Colorado (below their confluence) have been fortunate to have good water volume keeping us guiding and the fish healthy.
The Roaring Fork is a cold water river starting high above Independence Pass, and receives additional cold water from the Frying Pan river coming out of Ruedi Reservoir. Flows from the Frying Pan have been up and the water is cold and the fish are happy. The fishing has been good to excellent all summer long.
Lately, the lower section of the Colorado has been too muddy to fish, but we will be in for a incredible run when it clears. All those trout are being "rested" now from any angler pressure, and will be fishing out of control when we are able to float it again soon. I am predicting an epic conditions for the Colorado river the second it clears.
Recently, both rivers are also getting some help from Mother Nature with daily rain for most of the last two weeks. More is on the way with daily forecasts of 20% to 30% chance of afternoon thunderstorms for the next 10 days and beyond. This extra moisture provides additional benefits including coloring the water greenish to brown. In this environment, anglers can fish larger, easier flies on heavy 2x and 3x tippet, to less spooky fish from our casts and oar strokes.
Another thing to realize is that with the lack of a significant runoff this year, the trout were able to feed all through April and May. Normally during this same time they are in pure survival mode with no ability to see to eat, and have a heavy current to swim against. I have never caught more healthy and heavy fish then this year in my 21 years of guiding!
So if your feeing a little uneasy about wading your normal stashes of small streams and creeks that may be unusually low with higher than optimum temperatures, reserve a day in a boat on one of the larger drainages in and around Glenwood Springs and enjoy some awesome fishing without the guilt of possible fish fatality.
Pete Mott
PO Box 4205
Gypsum, CO 81637
(970) 376-1277
As an added bonus to all of our customers, we're offering a special incentive to book a trip with either of these elite outfitting services. Here's the skinny:
Any customer who books a trip with Trout Trickers through the months of August and September will receive a 20% OFF discount good for any purchase at the shop or through our online store.
*valid on all full day and half day trips, coupon expires 12/31/12, some exclusions apply.
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