Flow: 49cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir
Conditions: We’ve seemingly turned the corner lately as warmer and longer days are finally here. That’s not to say that we won’t get another spring snow but the changing of the seasons is certainly here in the fishing world. Midge hatches are now fairly commonplace most days with BWOs in lighter but increasing numbers. Thinking of warmer, overcast days and ‘Fifth-Season’ numbers of rising trout seriously gets our blood pumping after a long, long winter! The upper river is certainly seeing the heaviest hatches though good numbers of bugs are still to be found mid-river from mile markers 4-10. Long and light leaders tapering down to 6x and 7x tippets are mandatory. After primarily nymph fishing for the past few months, why would I want to do anything other than to fish a dry fly to a rising trout? God, does it feel great to have Fifth-Season here again!
Dries: Polywing Midge Adult, CDC Midge Adult, Stillborn Midge, Trailing Shuck Midge, Zelon Midge, Comparadun Adams, CDC BWO Comparadun, Mole Fly, Roy’s Special Emerger, Almost Dun, Quill Body BWO Parachute, No Hackle BWO, Silhouette Dun BWO
Nymphs: 2Bit Hooker, PTs, Split Back BWO, Epoxyback Baetis, BTS Baetis, CDC RS2s, Mayhems, Foam Wing RS2, Foam Back Chocolate, Polywings, Medallion Midge, Bling Midge, Miracle Midge, Jiggy Mysis, Flashtail Mini Egg
Streamers: Jig Mini Bugger, Bubble Guppy, Thin Mints, Sculpzillas, PSLs