TROUT: (GOOD) Not much change and given that it is August (generally a difficult month) anglers are doing great all around the lake. Action is best early and tends to drop off significantly after 10:00 AM. Strong bites happen right before the rain. Nighttime is the right time. Trollers are still doing well on Needlfish, Kastmasters, Krocodiles and Tas Devils. Color changes frequently, so if you are not catching change up or check that you are not dragging a weed. The Calliebaetis hatch is pretty consistent everyday in mid to late morning. Those drifting bait with long leaders out of their boats are doing great on the West end. Jigging is also picking up. If its calm you can pick your favorite spot and drop a tube or Marabou down and jig off the bottom - you will catch fish. Shore anglers are doing well at night and sundown. Power Bait in greens and chartreuse, salmon peach and garlic work well. Don't forget the crawler and mallow on your second rod. (Courtesy of Eleven Mile Marina)
KOKANEE SALMON: (FAIR) Action is very sporadic. Bite has been very early and very late. One here and two there, with no recent limits. Best chances are still North Shore to Duck Island, although a few big ones off of Rocking Chair, Lazy Boy and Rodgers Mountain continue to be caught. Fish are still hugging the bottom in whatever depth you are in. Every now and then you might get surprised to find them up high in the teens. Greens and Pinks with an occasional orange for best colors. Dodgers and Pop Gear are still helping. Mack's Wedding Rings and Kokanee Killers are a good choice and of course Kastmasters. Pink has been the predominate color of choice. (Courtesy of Eleven Mile Marina)
NORTHERN PIKE: (FAIR to GOOD) Action continues to improve. Spinner Baits, Husky Jerks, X-Raps and large spoons all have seen some good action. Work the weed lines on the West end or drop offs around the rocks at North Shore or Rocky Flats. Timing is not very predictable. A little wind never hurts and a lot of calm never helps. North Shore in the shallows has seen decent action late morning early afternoon. (Courtesy of Eleven Mile Marina)
DREAM STREAM: (VERY GOOD) Look for above average flows with all the recent rainfall. Excellent clarity with a 238 cfs. Anglers should prepare for hatches of midges, caddis, yellow sallies, blue-winged olives, and Tricos. Recent heavy rainfall in South Park area has the water levels on the Dream Stream about normal historic values. I would expect the City of Aurora to match incoming flows for their releases below the dam. Currently nymphing is your best bet with the higher flows. Effective patterns include #14 San Juan Worms, #14 Scuds, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #18 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #18 Buckskins, caddis larva, #18 Barr's Emerger (PMD) and #16 Barr's Graphic Caddis. Anglers can expect to see excellent hatches of pale morning duns, caddis, and Tricos. The slower pools, back channels, and tailouts are providing some good surface activity. Flies of choice are: #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14-16 yellow Stimulators, #16 Mathew's Sparkle Dun (PMD), #10 Amy's Ant, and #24 Stalcup's Trico. Crowds have heavy so plan accordingly. Effective general patterns include # 20 Manhattan Midge, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #14 olive or orange UV Scud, #14 San Juan Worm, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18-20 Buckskin, #18-20 Barr Emerger (PMD), #16 Barr's Graphic Caddis, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, #12-14 Yellow Stimulator, #16 Mathew's Sparkle Dun (PMD), #16 Cannon's Snowshoe Dun (PMD), #24 Stalcup's CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, #16-18 Elk Hair Caddis, and # 14-16 Puterbaugh Caddis (Courtesy of Pat Dorsey's Fly Fishing Report).