Vail Valley fishing report
July 22, 2010
I love foam – foam hoppers, foam ants, foam fat alberts, foam fly boxes, foamlines; foam is home.
If it were not for foam, fishing could be a lot different and really boring. But foam is exciting. It comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and has a million purposes. But most importantly it has given birth to foam grasshoppers.
If you’re not throwing big fat hoppers on the Colorado River, it’s time. Now that most of the big hatches have subsided until fall comes around, terrestrials are the ticket.
Ants, beetles, hoppers, bees, dragon flies, you name it, if it comes from the land, throw it. And if you haven’t noticed, presentation is not the key. The bigger the splash and the more movement will equate to more realistic movement from terrestrials.
Trout are paying attention to the surface this time of year. Large amounts of calories are obtained by eating terrestrials. That means less work for more food. Therefore, if you are following my lead, throw some foam.
Foam flies are great for multiple reasons.
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First, Foam won’t saturate with water and it always floats. Second, you can drop larger flies below them with longer leaders and additional weight. Third, foam keeps its shape and takes the abuse from fish after fish.
Now on the flip side of terrestrials and foam hoppers comes weather. It’s hot, water flows are low and fish can become lethargic, susceptible to stress and prone to death when water temperatures surpass 65 degrees.
If you’re catching fish in water greater than 65 degrees, you are more than likely killing the fish. Therefore take water temperatures this time of the year before you wet a line and use your better judgment. And if you do catch one while it is hot, take the time to make sure the fish will make it back alive.
With the warmer weather that we have had recently, fishing is good in the morning and slow in the evening. But in the past few days, the weather has
cooled off and brought rain along with it. This has allowed water temps to drop and in return the fish are more active than recently. Expect fishing to pick up as cloud cover rolls in and after rain storms.
On our local rivers:
The Eagle River at Wolcott is flowing at 430 cubic feet per second (CFS) with a temperature readingof 58 degrees. On the Colorado River, flows are at 970 CFS and water temperatures are hovering above 61 degrees. Gore Creek is a steady flow of 111 CFS and near 51 degrees.
Expect to see BWOs with cooler weather and various types’ tiny mayflies and caddis throughout the day. Fishing is most productive during the morning and late into the evening.
For hot flies come by the shop and see our large selection.
Miles Comeau is a guide folr Alpine River Outfitters. He can be reached at 970-926-0900.
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