October 9th - Upper River: The upper river is in excellent shape, and is very easy to wade. Though fish will still come up and eat smaller flies on the surface (particularly caddis, mayflies, and midges), nymphing some of the deeper runs and pools is beginning to prove more effective. We've had good streamer fishing reports from the upper river at Hayden Meadows. No need to get started early in the morning here; nighttime temp's in Leadville make for cold water in the mornings, so let the day warm a bit before heading to the stream. Afternoon blue wing hatches have been impressive here lately, so be prepared.
October 9th - Middle River: For those traveling between BV and Salida today, road conditions are pretty bad from Johnson Village down to the 291 turn to Salida. River clarity is good today, but the sudden cold snap will likely move fish into deeper, winter water lies. Higher flows than we've seen in a month will limit the areas where one can safely cross. Though fish are still responding to attractor dries imitating grasshoppers and stoneflies (still seeing fresh stonefly shucks along the banks, though not as regularly as in July), blue winged olives and midges are becoming more and more important as the weather cools off, particular subsurface. At these flows, don't be afraid of tying on smaller patterns. Midges as droppers in the morning have been productive, and mayfly nymphs sizes #16-18 work well through the afternoons. The key is finding the right water. At these lower flows, fish are dispersed away from the shoreline throughout the riverbed, so spend more time picking apart likely lies out towards the main current and adjusting dropper depth til you find the sweet spot.
October 9th - Below Salida: Water conditions are fine today, but the weather is far from inviting. It's very windy around Salida, and will likely snow all day today. Highs in the 30s. Flows are still elevated due to recent precipitation and subsequent increases in the release from Clear Creek Reservoir and Twin Lakes, but conditions are very good. Blue winged olive activity is still consistent in the afternoons, particularly on these cloudy days. We saw some excellent blue wing hatches this weekend.
We are still experiencing good dry fly fishing, but the volume of subsurface food has made for better nymphing in recent days. Midges as droppers in the morning have been productive, and mayfly nymphs sizes #16-18 work well through the afternoons. The key is finding the right water. At these lower flows, fish are beginning to disperse away from the shoreline at times, so spend more time picking apart likely lies our towards the main current and adjusting dropper depth til you find the sweet spot.