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Trouts Journal

Who’s Fishing This Weekend?!

Ivan Orsic / Nov 6, 2014

While we're all sitting around waiting on the slopes to get some more white stuff, the forecast for this weekend looks ideal to get out and do some fishing. Weather.com is showing 67 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday in Denver. Not bad for approaching mid-November.

If you're planning on getting out this weekend, or perhaps deciding where to go, here are our thoughts on what should be fishing well this weekend.

1. Arkansas River- While a little bit of a drive, the Arkansas between Canon City to Salida can be a great place to spend a day. The fish should be keyed into a variety of bugs and nymphing will most likely be your best bet to put fish in the net. Red and Orange seems to always be a good color for me on the Ark. Try a stonefly nymph with a red or standard Copper John. Additionally, Baetis (Blue Wing Olives) will be seeing a resurgence in the river so fishing these patterns in both nymphs or dries (should you see a hatch) can be very productive. Streamer fishing will still be good as well. Cover water and focus on the drop offs, riffles, shelves and rock gardens.

2. South Platte- Dream Stream- While you're guaranteed to not find solitude, the fact is there are some very large fish in this system right now. Sight fishing will be the best way to put a big lake run fish in the net. Baetis, San Juan Worms, Eggs and flashy attractor beadhead nymphs will all catch fish right now.

3. South Platte- Cheesman/Deckers- Sight fishing should be your goal if you head to either of these places. The water is pretty low right now- below 100 cfs- so a little added stealth to your approach will go a long way. Midges, Baetis and Egg patterns would be good patterns to focus your efforts on.

4. South Platte- Elevenmile- One of our employees was here a couple days ago and absolutely crushed them. Nymphing will most likely be your best bet. A worm/egg as your top fly, followed by a smaller size 18 beadhead off the back should produce.

5. Clear Creek/Bear Creek- If time is not on your side, both of these rivers will offer close to home opportunities. I'd focus on the oxygenated riffle water, around boulders, shelves and any deep green buckets.

6. Colorado - The Colorado always seems to be a good bet, particularly in the fall. Wading around the town of Parshall is a personal favorite of many of us here at the shop. A small to mid-sized Streamer with a beadhead off the back would be my go-to. Otherwise, nymphing with a stonefly/beadhead combo should produce fish as well. As always with this time a year, keep an eye out for noses breaking the surface in the slick water.

While it's tough to narrow down the fantastic fishing options within a couple hour drive of Denver, these are a few options that should definitely find you with fish in the net.

Don't forget our Fly Happy Hour today and tomorrow! Every Thursday and Friday from 4pm- close all flies are $.50 off and terminal tackle is 10% off! Stock up for your weekend trip and save some $$!

Additionally, start tagging #troutsflyfishing in your Instagram pictures for a chance to show up in our monthly Newsletter, on our Blog or possibly even win some sweet prizes from time to time!

Enjoy the upcoming weekend, be safe, and most importantly HAVE FUN!

As always, if there's anything we can do to help you reach your angling goals let us know. We're here to help in any way possible!

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