Flows are definitely lower, creating both advantages and disadvantages for anglers. Some benefits are that you have a good idea where the fish will be sitting/holding throughout the river, as well as have the opportunity to make mental notes about the structure of the river for when you return during higher flows. Some disadvantages include the fish becoming more aware of their surroundings, thus more spooky. This time of year, anglers cannot afford to make sloppy casts, line fish or have their flies dragging. Thankfully, most of the pocket water is easily accessible right now, and you can slowly work your way up the main river high-sticking with little to no line on the water. Sight fishing is at its best right now too, which always makes the blood pressure increase as well.
Tributaries are still fishable, but they are losing some of the volume as well. The same rules apply to perfect casts and/or finer and longer leaders if necessary.
Jon and Troy have both been out fishing for Pike and Carp with some success lately. If you are into trying something new, definitely give it a shot just East of Antonito. Stop in and we will get you set up for some hook-ups.
Overall bugs are much smaller so make sure you stop in to match your selection with the section of river you will be fishing. In general, BWO's, beatis and midges make up the majority of the action. Fishing small dries, #18-22 and emergers/nymphs will pay off. You can still get them to come up to larger dries in the afternoons so having hoppers and stimmys is a must.
We hope to see you soon, enjoy the pics!
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