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Trouts Journal

Trouts Fly Fishing Forecast | July 16th Edition

Ivan Orsic / Jul 16, 2021

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We got BUMPS. Normally, that's not something we'd be shouting from the mountain tops. But, bumps in flows along the South Platte and on the major tribs of the middle Colorado, have us primed and ready to get out on the water. Flows on the South Platte have essentially doubled below Cheesman and there are plenty of happy fish and solid summer hatches taking place along the South Platte to keep an angler entertained and engaged. Tricos, PMDs, Blue-Wings, Midges, Caddis, and even a couple of stoneflies are around on the South Platte this time of year.

File the following under great news: The voluntary closure along the Colorado was lifted from Kremmling to State Bridge. Upstream contributions from filling reservoirs have contributed plenty of cold water to Colorado and with water temperatures in the 50s, the middle Colorado is once again a viable option.

If you are still looking to get away from the crowds take it upon yourself and give one of Colorado's famous high country options a try. Flying ants, Hippie Stompers, and assorted buggy nymphs are always a good place to start if you're headed to higher elevations. The cooler afternoon temperatures have given way to fantastic caddis hatches along The Big Thompson from Estes Park just below the dam through Drake.

Prefer your River Reports in writing? No problem, be sure to check out our Fishing Information page for up-to-date fishing reports!

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