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Trouts Journal

Who’s Fishing This Weekend?

Ivan Orsic / Mar 6, 2015

I'm sorry but I just couldn't help myself with posting such a summery picture up above.....but seriously, how nice does the lush green vegetation and lack of layers look? We're getting closer by the day people.

Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on how you view things) we've still got a ways to go before the possibility of weekly, white and fluffy dumpings is behind us. However, it looks like we're being dealt a favorable string of days and there's no reason to not take advantage of the pleasant weather gracing the weekend ahead of us....oh, and the fishing has been really good also. Several of us will be hitting the water and as always, the full report will be available on the Blog early next week.

Here are my thoughts on what should be fishing well this weekend and is within an easy drive of the big city.

South Platte- Deckers/Cheesman- Could I honestly start anywhere but here? Both Deckers and Cheesman have been fishing very well lately. I've been up there alot lately both guiding and for fun, and the fishing has been pretty darn consistent. Flows took a brief bump earlier in the week and the water got slightly off color. Sight fishing was a bit tougher due to this, however the river is on it's way back down and should be clearing up I'd imagine. Worms, eggs, and small dark midges/nymphs are still catching plenty of fish.

South Platte- Elevenmile/Dream Stream- Both of these stretches are still running at a trickle, however the fact remains there are still plenty of fish in both these river systems and are both beautiful places to spend a sunny day. Flows are around 50cfs so expect spooky fish. Small flies and a fair bit of stealth will most likely be your best friend if you're heading here. Haven't seen too much in the way of lake fish moving up into the Dream Stream, however as soon as flows increase I'd image things will start to get real crazy in South Park.

Arkansas River- Canon City/Salida-Being a freestone, the Arkansas isn't typically most anglers go-to spot to get them through the winter. However, Springtime can be absolutely phenomenal on this river if you happen to hit it on the right day. There are still plenty of Baetis in the river so the dry fly option is always there. The weather is looking to be sunny and in the 50's. I fished the Ark last year about this time, in nearly the same conditions, and had no problem dredging up fish on a rubberlegs/beadhead combo. A few Baetis came out in the afternoon and we added nearly a dozen fish on dries before heading home.

Pueblo Tailwater- I'm not sure I can say much about this river that hasn't already been said. Pueblo fishes best through the winter and you're looking at sunny and 50 degrees as well here. In typical tailwater fashion, small midges and light tippets are going to be your best bet. If you've never fished here before, you owe it to yourself to take the trip south and explore while the river is at its best. As most everyone is aware by now, considerable stream improvements have been done on the upper few miles below the dam and there's always fish to be caught in this little trout fishing playground.

Blue River- Countless customers are still rolling into the shop bearing ear-to-ear grins after fishing the Blue. In fact, I haven't heard even one mediocre report in the past month from this river. Everyone doing battle with I-70 seems to have been handsomely rewarded. Temps are looking to be sunny, 0% chance of precip and the fish will be getting glutonous on the mysis shrimp.

Good luck, have fun, be safe and remember to bring your camera along to take advantage of our Photo Contest! One lucky angler will be walking away with a free pair of Simms G3 Waders at the end of this month!

PLEASE REMEMBER- IT'S SPAWNING SEASON. No matter where you're heading this weekend, one important consideration needs to be taken seriously- watch out for spawning fish. I personally haven't witnesed a pair of Rainbows on a redd (spawning bed) yet, but it's not far off. Many of the bows I've been catching are getting very pre-spawny and aggressive. Handle these fish with care. If you happen to catch a hen and she starts to drop eggs, leave her in the water and release as quickly as possible. Lastly, please keep an eye out when wading through shallow, gravely areas as well for anything that might resemble a redd. Preserving our natural resources is a duty of every angler who steps foot into the rivers of this state and beyond. Using a little common sense and care when our rivers and its fish are vulnerable will go a long way in ensuring there are plenty of fish to go around in the years to come.

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