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Fishing report Sept 10, 2019

Dolores ~ Uncompahgre ~ San Miguel ~ Gunnison


San Miguel (100-150 cfs):  As good as it gets, the San Miguel now demonstrates that high water years ultimately yield the very best fishing.  At 130 cfs, the San Miguel is unequivocally low and easy wading.  Pick a nice stretch, wade right up the center and pick the pockets on either side.  Fish single dry flies unless the fish request a dropper.  Caddis, baetis mayflies and remnant grasshoppers are the primary menu items, but a host of popular attractors and general imitators will prove successful: any caddis pattern, parachute adams and parachute BWO, Morrish's Foam Hopper, Parachute Hopper Pattern, Pool Toy and other hoppers, Bugmeister, X patterns and Chubby Chernobyls.  Nymph with caddis and mayfly patterns in the size #16-#20 range: soft hackles, Mayhem, Split Case emergers, LaFontaines, etc.  Enjoy.  

Dolores:  (25 cfs at Rico, 150 cfs at Dolores)   Low, clear and a little tricky, the Upper Dolores is fishing very well nonetheless.  Hatches include baetis and scattered caddis, but terrestrial hoppers, beetles and ants always play a significant role in the fall.  Cast single dry flies on long-ish leaders.  Wade upstream and walk quietly.  Fish will continue feeding through September and October, but they will become increasingly spooky with each passing week.  On the other end of the spectrum, heavy lake fish will follow the kokanee run starting later this month.  An alternative strategy is to pull streamers, searching for THE ONE.

Uncompahgre (373 cfs):  Steady fishing with both nymphs and dry flies at Pa Co Chu Puk.  PMDs are still hatching, soon to be joined by blue winged olives and midges.  Technical nymphing requires your A-game techniques.  Fish long leaders, 6X fluorocarbon and tech mayfly patterns in the size #20-24 range.  If you observe rising fish, they are almost certainly eating PMDs.  It takes a great presentation and exacting fly pattern to fool these fish.  Quill bodied dry flies such as AK's Melon Quill and Burk's Silhouette Dun are proven favorites.  Stealthy nymphs such as the Military Mayfly, Killer Mayfly and Mayhem are bread and butter.

Gunnison (610 cfs):  In terms of late season fishing, there is perhaps no river in Colorado that benefits from a high water spring as much as the Gunnison.  Water temperatures, oxygen levels and insect activity are optimized.  Trout feed all day long, making up for lost time in May and June.  Terrestrial activity is amplified.  Fishing pressure is reduced.  In addition to terrestrials, our late season hatches include caddis, blue winged olives and midges.  Tricos hatch below the Smith Fork.  Streamer fishing is triggered by cooler nights and dipping water temperatures.  Go fish the Gunnison.  It's magic.


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